The SPINNER AMS (Antenna Monitoring System) has become a best practice at every broadcasting site.
The SPINNER AMS (Antenna Monitoring System) has become a best practice at every broadcasting site. It protects the infrastructure by detecting faults early and triggers preventive maintenance before serious failure can occur. And now we’ve expanded its functionality to not only warn you about the problem but also to locate it for a fast repair, saving both time and money.
The new distance-to-fault feature works in any broadcasting sites independently of its standard, power level. It is a completely passive solution with no additional signal being injected into the antenna line. It can locate any fault longer than 100 µs with a distance accuracy of 2 metres, regardless of the antenna’s height.
All this is possible thanks to a new fault detection method that complements our existing patented method. This dual measurement approach ensures very high reliability and accuracy while detecting all arcing types, including those that don’t cause VSWR degradation.
Nowadays, remote monitoring is of key importance at broadcasting sites. The AMS lets you monitor your antenna system from wherever you are. Our new version also makes distance-to-fault information available anywhere. It is graphically presented in real-time on our web-interface, as well sent via SNMP. All the data are logged and can be accessed at any time for further analysis.
The system is still an all indoor solution. Like the previous model, it only requires a single AMS detector (available as U-link or line section) for each antenna line and one AMS control unit for up to two antenna lines. For the distance-to-fault feature, an additional measuring coupler with two available ports (forward and reflected) is needed for each antenna line. These are connected to the AMS control unit via two N-Ports. If you want to upgrade your existing antenna monitoring system, all you have to do is replace the control unit.
The distance-to-fault feature makes the antenna monitoring system even more powerful. It helps you speed up the repair, cut maintenance costs and, most importantly, stay you on air.