Ice on Earth Station antenna seems unlikely in Singapore, but that's where Walton De-Ice, designer and manufacturer of satellite Earth station antenna (ESA) weather protection solutions made an announcement at CommunicAsia's Satcomm2017.
Walton has installed a natural gas powered Hot-Air Plenum De-Icing systems for a top global media customer on two 9-meter satellite Earth station antenna systems at the customer’s Earth station facilities in the Southeastern United States. The facilities support primary satellite network distribution and downlink resources to the news and entertainment divisions of the global broadcaster.
Ray Powers, Vice President of Business Development for Walton De-Ice shared that by replacing antiquated electric heat-pad anti-icing systems with the much more effective and cost efficient Walton De-Ice’s natural gas solution, customers such as this top brand and major global media network ensure that snow and ice does not accumulate on the antenna reflector, while they enjoy the most energy efficient system on the market.
Walton’s Hot Air De-Ice systems, including the company’s unique Plenum enclosure installed on the rear of an antenna, provide reliable and economic antenna de-icing solutions, offering maximum flexibility with electric, natural gas, and liquid propane gas heater options. Unlike other types of heaters, such as electric pad systems that can cause reflector distortion, Walton Hot Air De-Ice systems uniformly heat the entire antenna reflector and back structure, which minimizes reflector distortion that can cause signal problems, even more so at Ku- and Ka-Band.