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March 28th, 2013

Winegard... New Controller + On The Skids... (Antennas)

[SatNews] Winegard is featuring its new VSAT Integrated Controller and modem at...

...booth 201 at the ShaleComm 2013 Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. The company has designed a new controller package that incorporates an iDirect Evolution® X5 or iDirect iNFINITI® 3000 modem inside the controller housing. Other popular VSAT platforms also are compatible with the new controller, including HughesNet™, Spacenet®, Comtech® and 2, minus the integrated feature of storing the modem inside the IDU casing.

The new Integrated Controller is completely universal and backward compatible with all other Winegard VSAT antenna systems. It comes equipped with built-in DVB (digital video broadcasting) receivers and GPS. The Integrated controller holds CE certification for international use. Winegard VSAT antenna systems and controllers are operational worldwide, including the countries of United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Russia, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Scotland and Columbia.

Additionally, Winegard has started delivering a new customized skid for its...

...WX series VSAT auto-deploy antennas based on the growth and demand from the shale drilling community. The portable skid is designed for rapid deployment without the need for a technician, saving time and money. The skid helps prevent damage to the antenna and electronic components inside and makes the package more portable and maneuverable. A host of unique features, including a cable reel that holds three 150-foot long cables (for transmit, receive, power), built-in bubble levels and a Pelican Case for secure controller storage during shipping, allow quicker antenna deployment and minimize setup time. Inside the skid, the antenna sits atop a specially designed isolation frame to absorb shock and protect the antenna from typical vertical and lateral movements during transit.

A critical advantage of this new skid is that skilled technicians are not required to set up, take down or move the antenna, thus lowering deployment costs. All the operator needs to do is position the skid in a desired location, open the bi-fold lid doors, plug in the three operational cables at the control center, connect the controller and push a button. The antenna system automatically deploys, finds the appropriate satellite and stays locked onto the satellite signal. Similar skids already are available and in use for the company’s SPA and SF VSAT antenna systems.

All Winegard WX series antennas hold CE, GOST-R and Peru Homologation certifications for international use.