Why You Can’t Go Wrong With Challenger’s Quick-Deploy Antennas
When you need to establish communications and data transmission quickly from a remote site, a portable antenna system is a must. Quick-Deploy satellite antennas from Challenger Communications provide convenient mobility while ensuring both ease of deployment and outstanding performance in the field for GEO satellite applications.
Whether it’s prototype work, small batch production, or large-scale manufacturing, Challenger has a reputation for delivering just the right antenna for any application. Supporting Ku-Band and C-Band feed transmit and receive (with optional Ka-Band support), the company’s 1.0-, 1.2-, and 1.8-meter Quick-Deploy antennas are an ideal fit not only for military and government applications, but also for satellite newsgathering, disaster recovery (FEMA), and local police and fire departments.
Challenger’s 1.0- and 1.2-meter offset antennas are available in models that break down into two or six pieces, which are transported in one or two durable rolling cases, depending on dish size. The six-piece antenna models come with a low-profile mount and durable nylon case(s), while the two-piece models come with a tripod mount and dual hard cases with a variety of upgrade options to enhance ruggedness, resistance to extreme environmental conditions, and portability.
The 1.8- meter Quick-Deploy antenna can break down into four pieces and is supplied with a tripod mount and hard cases for easy transport. For all three dish sizes, Challenger offers options including custom paint colors — including “black out” oxide over stainless steel parts — and a Ka-Band-quality surface when needed.
Antennas across the Quick-Deploy series are built on precision-assembled aluminum reflector panels that are FARO laser tested to ensure superior surface accuracy. Aluminum is a lightweight dish material that offers better performance than competing sheet mold compound (SMC) or fiberglass dishes can. Challenger’s aluminum dishes match the performance of carbon fiber competitors without the high cost.
How can you be sure these Quick-Deploy antennas are built to perform and made to last? These dishes have been out in the field for decades. Originally sold as Patriot antenna systems, they were first designed and put into production back in 1997. Thousands of these legacy Patriot antennas are installed worldwide. Today’s Quick-Deploy reflectors are very similar to those early dishes because Challenger uses the same tooling and process — in the same Albion, Michigan, production facility previously owned by Patriot.
Of course, Challenger has updated the Quick-Deploy series over the years. As a nontraditional defense contractor and an experienced manufacturer and installer, the company has continually added features that make these dishes even easier to use.
Perhaps the most notable change to the Quick-Deploy series is its assembly and mounting system. These Challenger antennas are equipped with captive hardware fasteners — no screws, nuts, bolts, or tools to deal with (or misplace) as you assemble — and designed to clamp together quickly, they can be set up in about 10 minutes. When you go into the field, you’ve got all the pieces and parts you need to compensate for uneven surfaces and to fine-tune your elevation adjustment.
High performance, convenient portability, and rapid setup are all reasons you can’t go wrong with Challenger Communications’ Quick-Deploy series. Just as important is the Challenger commitment to delivering precision components on time and to backing those products with responsive service. When prototype work or designs changes are necessary, the company can adapt quickly.
Because the company’s 300,000-square-foot production facility and warehouse is strategically positioned between Detroit and Chicago, in the midst of one of largest U.S. industrial manufacturing areas, Challenger enjoys unparalleled access to a wide network of supporting subcontractors and transportation links critical to on-time delivery.
If you’ve got an upcoming project that requires reliable, high-performing mobile satellite antennas, contact Challenger to find out which Quick-Deploy option is best for your needs. Contact Us.
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