Challenger Communications Delivers High-Performing Antenna Solutions In Advance Of C-Band Relocation

As the first FCC deadline approaches, Challenger offers experience and products that simplify installation and ease transition into upper portion of C-band spectrum.

Challenger Communications, a manufacturer of world-class antenna systems and mounts, is offering antenna solutions for Earth station operators affected by C-band relocation in accordance with the FCC 20-22 Report and Order. Although the Dec. 5, 2021, deadline for the first phase of spectrum clearing is approaching quickly, Challenger remains ready to provide equipment, technical expertise, and installation support for a smooth transition into the upper portion of the C-band spectrum.

“The 5G rollout is underway, and as the C-band spectrum clearing deadlines come ever closer, Earth station operators have less time to plan and execute a successful transition,” said Gene Sorgi, president at Challenger Communications. “With our long history of providing reliable antenna systems for various projects, we offer both the products and expertise — plus relationships with installers across the country — to help simplify preparation, make installation easier, and ensure uninterrupted service. We recommend preparing ground equipment, including antennas, filters, and LNBs, sooner than later to avoid time and cost issues that will come as demand increases and time runs out.”

Stronger and more rigid than SMC reflectors in almost every environment, Challenger’s aluminum Prime Focus antennas have excellent RF gain and have an increased signal-to-noise ratio, which means greater tolerance to changing weather and atmospheric conditions. The 3.8-meter and 4.5-meter antennas can be installed by just two people using a ladder. Both antennas in this family consist of contoured, die-formed petals and outboard skirts, all powder-coated, and include stainless steel hardware. These high-gain, receive-only, C/Ku-band dishes are outstanding performers for 4K UHD and HDTV, as well as for headend applications, GOES weather systems, radio broadcasting, and more.

In addition to supplying its 3.8-meter and 4.5-meter Prime Focus satellite antenna systems, the most common solutions for U.S. operations, Challenger offers 6.3-meter and 7.5-meter antennas often required for users situated far away from the geostationary equatorial orbit (GEO), such as Alaska and Hawaii. Challenger Communications also offers a 3.8-meter-offset antenna for Uplink GEO applications.

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