Outdoor satellite uplink amplifiers unveiled at IBC2018

Rohde & Schwarz is adding outdoor models to its R&S PKU100 Ku-band family of amplifiers. The extremely robust and weatherproof models are perfectly suited for outdoor applications, such as ground stations and satellite news gathering (SNG) vehicles, and feature all the advantages of the indoor model. Visit Rohde & Schwarz at IBC2018 in Amsterdam, hall 7, booth B21.

Outdoor satellite uplink amplifiers added to PKU100 family
Outdoor satellite uplink amplifiers added to PKU100 family

The R&S PKU100 Ku-band satellite uplink amplifier combines the best of two worlds in a single device: the unbeatable strengths of solid-state amplifiers and the compactness and low weight of tube amplifiers.

Four models of the R&S PKU100 will be available, each in an indoor and an outdoor version. The R&S PKU100 is available for the 12.75 GHz to 13.25 GHz and 13.75 GHz to 14.5 GHz bands with RF peak powers of 400 W and 750 W. The solid-state power amplifier is just as light, compact and energy-efficient as conventional tube amplifiers and therefore clearly superior to comparable solid-state products.

The new outdoor models are particularly robust and weatherproof and comply with IP65 ingress protection specifications, plus they offer numerous features required for outdoor applications. The R&S PKU100 can be mounted very close to the transmit antenna, saving RF power and minimizing capital and operating expenses. As with the indoor model, the fans can be hot swapped in the event of a failure. If fitted with an optional redundant power supply, the R&S PKU100 will continue operating should one of the power supplies fail.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. August 31, 2018.