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Focal length of parabolic dish

How to make inclinometer

Dish interference: Site shielding

Correcting VSAT dish distortion

Co-pol and cross-pol feed assemblies

Explanation of antenna feed polarisation angle

Axial ratio

Sub reflector adjustment

Use rear side struts

VSAT antenna anti-icing

Circular polarisation set up

Dish interference: Site shielding

TX-RX filters

Pictures and explanation of a complex C band feed

Create your own global coverage map

Es'hail-2 satellite global beam map

The Es'hail-2 geostationary satellite at 25.9 deg east longitude has an amateur radio (AMSAT) comunication payload operating with global beam antennas in S band and Ku band.

There are two transponders:

Narrowband 250 kHz: Uplink 2400.050 - 2400.300 MHz RHCP.   Downlink 10489.550 -10489.8 MHz linear polarisation. Vertical.

Wideband 8 MHz: Uplink   2401.500 - 2409.500 MHz   RHCP.    Downlink 10491 - 10449 MHz, linear Horizontal.

Global beam coverage

Es-hail-2 global beam map with elevation and skew angles
Es'hail-2 global beam map

The global beam antennas on the satellite produce a circular beam approx 17 deg diameter which is aimed the equator on the earth directly below the satellite. Signals levels at the sub-satellite point will be about 3 to 4 dB higher than at the earth's edge, when the elevation angle is zero and the satellite hardly visible.  The map above shows the calculated 0 deg elevation line assuming the radio signals travel in straight line. This is not true for low elevation slant paths as the air density is higher lower down and this refracts the signals downwards. The amount of bending depends on air density, temperature and water vapour and this varies. Severe scintillation, like the twinkling of a start, occurs and your measured level may vary many dB, both up and down.  At times it expected that signals will be receivable intermittently well beyond the straight line horizon !

Linear polarisations:

There are two downlink linear polarisation names, Vertical and Horizontal. These are "nominal" polarisations and are aligned relative to the equator, at the satellite.

The angle of your received polarisation, relative to your local ground horizon,  as it arrives at your location will depend on your location.

If you are located on exactly the same longitude as Es-hail-2 at 25.9 deg east, like in Finland, Bulgaria or South Africa and want Horizontal polarisation then the nominal horizontal polarisation will be horizontal relative to you local horizon.

Elsewhere you need to tilt your receive feed system. The amount of tilt required, in the range +/-90 deg, is called the polarisation adjustment amount or skew angle. The map shows skew angles at 10 deg intervals, with the +/-40 deg lines marked. 

Start by setting your nominal polarisation, then apply the adjustment amount.  Positive amounts refer to a clockwise adjustment, with you standing behind the antenna and facing forwards towards the satellite. Note that some Ku band LNBs may have polarisation scales on the feed throat. These scales have useful tick marks at say 10, 15, 30 deg intervals.  Any numbers on the scales may need to be disregarded depending on  which direction they go.  e.g. 0 to - 360, -180 to +180 deg, -90 to +90 deg.

All that matters is that you set the initial nominal polarisation and then apply the required adjustment amount.

To peak up the polarisation, turn the feed till you have significant degradation, mark the angle and measure the degradation accurately and then find the same degree of degradation the other side. Then halve the angle between the two positions.

Es'hail-2 operating guidelines

Read more here about Operating to Es'hail-2

Feedback

If you can help verify I have calculated the elevation and skew lines correctly it would help. Any other comments to be add to this page appreciated, by email to me please: eric@satsig.net 

Best regards,

Eric G8PHN.


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Page started 1 June 2020, amended 5 July 2020