1 Array Solutions Fan Dipoles Manual Thank you and congratulations on your purchase of the Array Solutions , Fan Dipole Antenna System. This antenna was built with the same quality workmanship and attention to detail as our military, government and commercial wire antenna products. It is built especially for high duty cycle, harsh environmental applications. The use of the finest quality components available and our over-built quality construction means your new antenna will last for years under the most difficult conditions, while requiring little or no maintenance. This antenna is designed to give you reliable performance at very high power levels and duty cycles, well beyond the so called legal limit !
2 High winds, ice, marine are just business as usual for this antenna system. Array Solutions Phone (214) 954-7140. 2611 N Belt Line Road Fax (214) 954-7142. Suite #109 Email Sunnyvale, TX 75182 Ver 1. Each kit to consist of the following: A 1 to 1, 50 ohm, 2 kW or 5 kW CW Balun (Double that rating for SSB!). mounted on UHMW strain relief plate with SS hardware 2 feet of 1/8 ( mm) Dacron UV stable rope for coaxial cable strain relief. 2 (AS-FAN-2) or 3 (AS-FAN-3) Dipoles of 14 AWG x 7 strand Copper-clad steel wire, both w/HD PE Insulation, very flexible and strong (length depending on bands required). Wires are anchored to the center plate using crimped aluminum sleeves.
3 2 x 60 + 2 x 30 feet (AS-FAN-2) or 2 x 60 + 4 x 30 feet (AS-FAN-3) of 1/8 ( mm) Dacron UV stable rope. 4 (AS-FAN-2) or 6 (AS-FAN-3) HD Polymer strain-insulators (Every joint is strain relieved using wire clips). 2. Antenna Installation, feedline set-up and adjustment to resonance The FAN dipole will perform well in a variety of configurations and comes to you fully assembled except for the length of the Dipoles that will need to be adjusted to the required frequencies. Final length for resonance will depend on installation height and the conductive material and antennas in the near the antenna. It should be mounted as a flat top or as an inverted-V.
4 If necessary, the legs may be bent to fit available space. Inverted vee layout. Try to mount the antenna with the feed-point at about 35+ feet above ground and the ends from 8 to 10 feet or more above ground if mounted as an inverted vee. The UHMW mounting plate/center insulator can be mounted in a variety of ways. User supplied U-bolts can be used for mast mounting using up to a 2 inch OD mast. If surface mounting is more desirable, use the U-bolt holes with your own hardware. A. halyard hole is pre-drilled in the top-center of the plate. Note the balun enclosure is a 4 x 4 marine-grade NEMA 4X box w/4 weep holes in its bottom and a rubber cover seal.
5 The balun enclosure cover can be easily removed for inspection. The feed-line should be attached to the balun with the correct RF connector. Weather-seal the connector with tape or other sealing material. Always use the supplied rope to strain relief the cable. Tighten this on to the coax cable using tape and or cable-tie. Array Solutions Phone (214) 954-7140. 2611 N Belt Line Road Fax (214) 954-7142. Suite #109 Email Sunnyvale, TX 75182 Ver The feed-line should be dressed to be perpendicular (or, not in parallel) to the antenna wires for as far as possible to minimize feedline coupling. Array Solutions recommends use of a good quality lightning arrestor and ground connection to the shield of the coax, as near as possible to your operating position.
6 Install the Dipoles in the planned positions, the different Dipoles do not need to be in the same vertical plane ( : You can set one dipole looking to, say north-south and another going NW-SE or E-W) The lowest frequency dipole should be adjusted first and then the next highest frequency, otherwise adjusting a lower frequency dipole after a highest frequency one will probably detune the higher frequency one. Once adjusted to resonance, use the wire clips provided to fix the length and then proceed with the next dipole. Leave a minimum of 1 inch (25 mm) of separation between wire clips. The short tail of the wire (tip) should be against the U bolt of the wire clip and the long section (the one coming from the antenna center) should be against the wire clip saddle.
7 (See picture below). Array Solutions Phone (214) 954-7140. 2611 N Belt Line Road Fax (214) 954-7142. Suite #109 Email Sunnyvale, TX 75182 Ver Specifications: AS-FAN-2 or AS-FAN-3. Two models, 2 kW CW/ 4 kW PEP and 5 kW CW / 10 kW. PEP Use of high power and tuners is permitted WITHOUT. Power Handling operating restrictions! The Array Solutions high power baluns can take it! Length Near half wavelength on each band Weight Depending on bands selected: 6 to 10 lbs ( to kg). Any two or three bands within 80 m to 6m 160 m has an Bands additional cost 50 ohm 1:1 balun, warranted for life. (lightning strike Balun:l W1JR-50-3 EXCLUDED, see our warranty policy for details) NEMA 4X.
8 Rated! No PVC plumbing pipe used ANYWHERE! Wire #14 gauge 7-strand, flexible, black PE, Insulated Built to meet or exceed Mil-Standards for wire Antennas. All Quality Built! hardware is stainless steel, most with black oxide coating. Baluns are warranted for life! May be suspended from halyards, surface or mast mounted. Mounting Options Use the side of a building, metal or non-conductive mast! Mount as a flat-top or inverted-V. The manufacturer reserves the right to modify the design specifications or price, without notice or obligation. Array Solutions Phone (214) 954-7140. 2611 N Belt Line Road Fax (214) 954-7142. Suite #109 Email Sunnyvale, TX 75182 Ver