ARD Aktuell Downlink Station

In 1999, SatService delivered this turnkey project to the ARD in Hamburg. The 3.7m central station is primarily designed as a contribution station for SNG vehicles and to receive transmissions from other stationary ground stations. The design allows to retrofit it later on with transmission equipment, giving full uplink capability.

The earth station consists of

  • 3.7m motorized Antenna System
  • 2 analog TV Receivers (expandable)
  • 2 digital IRD/Receivers (expandable)
  • Task-oriented Client/Server Software Architecture
  • Fully remote capability
The current configuration allows reception in parallel on both polarization and in different frequency bands. Due to the distance between antenna and indoor equipment, the signals are feeded via a fiber optical link to the indoor distribution system.