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Containing Vibration – Protecting the Signal

How Orbital’s custom low noise block downconverters hold steady in high vibration environments Imagine the pressure a combat general is under when leading a mission – specifically, when leading...

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LNB remote monitoring and control: Even better than being there?

At times, your low noise block downconverter (LNB) may be out of reach. It might be in a remote or unmanned location, built into an inaccessible enclosure, or mounted on the fuselage of an...

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From the Arctic to the Sahara: LNBs in extreme temperatures

When the mercury spikes – or plummets – the low noise block downconverter (LNB) in your satellite terminal can stop working properly or stop working altogether, similar to a cell phone that gets...

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Cut satellite terminal costs by tapping into existing power

In satellite communications, the cost of the terminal can often make or break a business plan. Hardware and installation costs are the primary drivers. If you can minimize both expenses without...

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The importance of phase noise

Phase noise is a key component of any satellite link. But what is it exactly? What are the major factors that contribute to it? And why is it so significant now? This post explores answers to...

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How to improve signal quality on satellite cable transmissions

Reliable communication between antennas and modems has never been more important. Sub-par performance due to poor signal quality can result in everything from angry customers and lost revenue to...

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Custom LNBs in the real world

Low noise block downconverters (LNBs) are mounted on everything from airplanes and Humvees to submarines and rocket ships. Not surprisingly, that often means they need to operate in extreme...

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10 things to look for in an LNB

Low noise block downconverters (LNBs) are essential for reliable satellite communication – but not all LNBs are created equal. Some produce too much phase noise or degrade signal strength. Others...

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