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News from the Group Blaupunkt is now Kathrein-Automotive KATEK awarded as progress-makers Experts from Colombian TV broadcaster pay visit Banks show their trust in the Kathrein Group First European sales conference in Warsaw KATHREIN-Werke KG takes over a large part of the Ubidyne group Israeli business Aluma visits Kathrein Prof. Dr. Anton Kathrein honoured posthumously Engineering New technologies for mobile networks DTMAs guarantee download speeds in the LTE network Kathrein and Ericsson rely on Small Cells

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Filter-combiner systems deliver good radiocommunication services on Italian motorways Antenna system on the worlds highest lookout tower put into operation A new tip on the NDR transmitter mast in Lingen The DVB-T2 project in Austria Optical Sat-IF distribution system Kathrein has launched a new headend system Q & A on SAT>IP The new UFSconnect receivers New Products Smart TV satellite receiver UFSconnect 906 SAT>IP server EXIP 414 Caravan Sat package HDTV HDS 610 Inclinometer HDZ 60 Single-cable multi-switch with an integrated modem EXI 3591 Underfloor taps for frequency range up to 1.2 GHz

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Distribution network amplifier VGF 939D-1G Controlled compact amplifier VGP 9040 Optical compact receiver ORA 9222-1G Fairs ANGA COM in Cologne New-Tech Exhibition in Tel Aviv NAB Show in Las Vegas Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Informtica in Cuba IBC 2013 in Amsterdam Broadcast & Cable SET in So Paulo Elmia Nordic Rail in Jnkping CommunicAsia/BroadcastAsia in Singapore CARAVAN SALON in Dsseldorf Sponsoring A successful rally season 2013 for the Kathrein Race and Rally team

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About the cover story Blaupunkt is now Kathrein-Automotive, on pages 8-9

During an innovations event of a major German automotive manufacturer, the moderator asked the head of development at that company what the most important trends in automotive technology were at the time. At the drop of a hat, the executive answered that it was the introduction of the mobile communications standard LTE in cars and their respective infotainment systems. Alongside standard automotive issues, infotainment and connectivity are becoming focal points of interest amongst OEMs due to todays networked world. For Kathreins automotive group, this means that the market for high-performance and innovative antenna solutions in vehicles is continuing to gain importance.

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Michael Heise, Managing Director (CEO) Kathrein-Automotive in Hildesheim

In 2010 Kathrein-Automotive acquired the automotive antenna business operations of the Blaupunkt business group. The Hildesheim site, which had 20 highly qualified developers at the time, was maintained and expanded. That same year Kathrein also took over the company Olimpus in Brazil, opening up yet another expanding automotive market. In 2011 we established a development and sales company in Detroit, located in the heart of the American automotive industry. Within just 12 months we succeeded in rapidly globalising the entire automotive business, positioning ourselves as a competitive operation in the world market. In 2010 the automotive group had set a goal to take over the role as global market leader by 2015.

The latest market assessments demonstrate that thanks to the successful project acquisitions of the last 18 months, this goal will already be reached in 2014. Following an extremely exciting 2013, we now await the future developments and trends in the automotive sector with optimism and drive. Yours sincerely,




About the cover picture At the Hildesheim site, Kathrein-Automotive operates a near and far field measuring facility for motor vehicles to test the antennas built into the vehicles. In the frequency range between 30 MHz and 2 GHz, the farfield measuement system allows measuring on vehicles on ground level with low elevation angles, so that the reception quality of antennas for terrestrially transmitted services such as TV or radio can be assessed. Using the index arm pictured above, the near-field measuement system determines the characteristics of the antennas in the frequency range between 800 MHz and 6 GHz in the entire hemisphere above the vehicle. It is used to evaluate the reception behaviour of satellite radio and navigation antennas and to determine the efficiency of antennas for mobile communications. The testing facility is protected from weathering and visibility by a a plastic enclosure called a radome, which also allows prototype vehicles to be tested.

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Blaupunkt is now Kathrein-Automotive KATEK awarded as progress-makers Experts from Colombian TV broadcaster pay visit Banks show their trust in the Kathrein Group First European sales conference in Warsaw KATHREIN-Werke KG takes over a large part of the Ubidyne group Israeli business Aluma visits Kathrein Prof. Dr. Anton Kathrein honoured posthumously 8-9 10 11 11 12-13 Page 10

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Michael Heise, Managing Director of Kathrein-Automotive

Cover story

Blaupunkt is now Kathrein-Automotive

It all started in 2009, when the Kathrein KG of Rosenheim acquired the antenna component business of the former BLAUPUNKT operation from the affiliated company Aurelius. The company complex has now been remodelled to show the affiliation of the brand Kathrein-Automotive to the Kathrein Group. Kathrein-Automotive was launched as a brand in 2010. Expansion plans and future activities, future developments and trends in the automotive sector as well as the location of the Hildesheim company were all expressed at an interview with Michael Heise, Managing Director.

The Kathrein-Automotive operation encompassed the business of KATHREIN-Werke KG and the production of components in the subsidiary company KATHREIN-Sachsen in Mhlau and KATEK in Grassau until 2010. They then made extensive acquisitions of new business fields. Please briefly describe for us the history of these acquisitions. Since the 1960s, Kathrein has been developing antenna products for automobile manufacturers. The big breakthrough came with supply contracts in 2000. At this time companies such as BMW and Daimler were placing significant development and delivery contracts with the automotive business unit for the first time. During the year of the crisis of 2009, with great strategic foresight Prof. Anton Kathrein noticed the market weaknesses and those of the competition, and used these to make two strategic acquisitions. In May 2010, the automotive antenna operations of the business group Blaupunkt were acquired. With this acquisition came access to new customers at Volkswagen, General Motors and European joint ventures in China. Sites in Hildesheim along with 20 highly qualified developers, two factories in the best-cost countries Portugal and China also instantaneously expanded the presence in key market segments. In the same year Kathrein completely took over Olimpus along with approximately 200 employees. Another automotive growth market was opened by that. In 2011 a development and sales company in Detroit was also established in the heart of the American automotive industry. So within 12 months the whole automotive industry was suddenly globalised and competitively positioned.

Thank you Mr. Heise, but one question arises: The buying of companies is one step but how do you get them to co-operate within buy-up structure? Anyone can buy companies if they have the financial means; however, integrating these successfully, thats the art. We have mastered the problem, as we have been able to attract qualified management personnel from the industry for this interesting project and as we have introduced a transparent and processoriented organisation. We succeeded in unifying our market presence in 2011 with the brand name Kathrein-Automotive to provide for clarity among global customers. This was an important step that has helped us a lot. And this year we have renamed the Blaupunkt companies in Germany, China, Portugal and the United States to Kathrein-Automotive. Thus, a further important step in the chain was completed. You have deliberately maintained the Hildesheim factory and taken over most of the workers. What benefits do you expect to gain by this? When you take over a company, along with the scope of business and assets on the balance sheet you primarily take over their know-how in the form of employees. This know-how, which has been developed over the years, is the key to future success and therefore the question of staff takeover is automatically answered. Although our headquarters are located in Rosenheim, a relocation ordered from above may just lead to a significant loss of staff and no one wants this as it could also jeopardise success. Therefore the location of Hildesheim was maintained.

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Are there more foreseeable acquisitions expected? The integration of our world-wide locations is making good progress at this time, but it is not yet complete. We are concentrating on this integration, but at the same time we are always keeping one eye open for other business and technological opportunities. You are OEM supplier for almost all major automobile manufacturers. The industry has complained for years about the prevailing price wars and decline. How can you work against the declining margins and returns ? Our customers are involved in a tough world-wide competition and so are their suppliers. We have competitive cost structures and our technologies are constantly being developed. These two factors help us enormously to remain successful in the world market. You are global players on all continents. In other parts of the world car sales are booming but the sales are concentrated outside Europe. How do you approach this challenge ? We have achieved our current customer portfolio through our outstanding sales distribution world-wide. Our premium German customers are strong in the European core business and have a very strong presence in the booming export markets either by pure export or through local joint ventures such as in China. Our client General Motors has returned to its former strength in the U.S. and Asia. And all of our major customers have announced expansion plans in Brazil, a market which is already covered very well by our company in So Paulo. Without the farsighted strategy of expansion by Prof. Kathrein in 2010 we would now face major globalisation problems. Today, only 20% of our products are produced in Germany, and thereby our globalisation is rapidly advancing and we are growing in all world regions. What meaning does Made in Germany have today in this highly globalised automotive business? Germany is still a key country for our customers today. The major works and the innovation centres of our customers relocated here in Germany. We serve these power centres locally with about 70% of our development resources in Rosenheim and Hildesheim. Especially in the development area, customer proximity is of great importance as well as being close to the decision makers. In China, over the last four years we have built up an important development team with over 20 employees to satisfy customers needs quickly and effectively on site. Our manufacturing facilities are located in the regions of the world, where cost-effectiveness is guaranteed. This will not change, new production facilities are also currently being planned to provide ever-changing cost and supply value chains. In this respect, there is more of a tendency to look at Made by Kathrein, no matter which country or nationality our employees are that develop and produce our products. A trend in the automotive industry is clearly moving towards networking and multimedia applications; car infotainment is running high amongst consumers. What does this mean for your antenna division ? At an awards ceremony for innovation by suppliers in February this year, the moderator asked the Chief Development Officer of an OEM after the current major trend in the automotive industry. The board member did not hesitate and said this was the introduction of the mobile radio standard LTE in the vehic-

The headquarters of Kathrein-Automotive at the Rmerring in the Lower Saxonian city Hildesheim

les and infotainment systems. This statement again underlines your statement. Alongside standard automotive issues, infotainment and connectivity are becoming focal points of interest amongst OEMs due to todays networked world. For us, this means that we have to offer and develop powerful and innovative antenna solutions for e.g. mobile communication services, often several per vehicle in order to ensure optimal service availability. In addition to the mobile communication service, new services for the networking of vehicles are pushing in the focus: Car-toCar (C2C) as a service, in which the cars constantly exchange data with each other and for which high-gain antennas are also necessary. You see, the increasing networking of cars is opening us a big gate for extensive antenna business. The OEMs have realised this very well and know that powerful antennas in the vehicle are crucial to guaranteeing the customer benefits to networking of the car with the environment. In addition to the core field of antennas, we benefit greatly from the mobile expertise of our parent company Kathrein. Together, we are developing high-performance electronic components for the optimization of LTE reception within the vehicle, furthermore with our partner Continental in Regensburg receiver technology for integration in antenna systems. On your website you state that the company goal is to be the world market leader in automotive antennas. How much closer to this goal are you now with the acquisition of Blaupunkt? In 2010 we set ourselves the goal of being number one by 2015. Thanks to very successful project acquisitions within the last 16 months, the latest market assessment shows us that we will already achieve this target in 2014. After an exciting 2013 we look forward to the developments and trends in the automotive sector with full optimism.

Mr. Heise, thank you very much for the interview.



Ranga Yogeshwar (right) presents the Innovation Prize TOP 100 to Armin Stangl (left), Managing Director of Katek GmbH in Grassau

Ranga Yogeshwar congratulates

KATEK awarded as progress-makers

On 5 th July 2013 the German capital experienced a summit of a special kind: The most innovative SMEs met at an awards ceremony. At the Axel-Springer-Passage, the company received the award from Mentor Ranga Yogeshwar. The award was the Top 100 innovation seal for being the most innovative company. The compamedia GmbH innovation awards ceremony was held for the 20 th time. KATEK GmbH Grassau attended the event as it was among the award winners.

KATEK GmbH, one of Germanys largest electronics manufacturers, is confirmed for its excellent climate for innovation by Top 100. The Grassau company convinces with ideas concerning electronics which make Siemens and Bosch refrigerators run smoothly and which allow Daimler and BMW limousines to glide over the streets. The good flow of information within the company ensures constant new ideas and optimal innovation management. This is dependent on flat hierachies and a lively exchange of ideas between the 500 employees and the management. At KATEK the paths between the management and the employees are short. Thus colleagues are quickly matched to new project teams, and this ultimately leads to ideas and top quality, explained Managing Director Armin Stangl. The general pressure of innovation on the markets in which we operate is very high. We however see it positively and use it for an even better innovation management, says Armin Stangl. It is therefore important for the Grassau company to almost always be one step ahead of the competition. There are daily discussions for this purpose. At these meetings and also on the intranet, the workforce is provided with industrial and company news. Also it provides information on project status and milestones so that all are kept up to date and know the points which they must think over and work on to generate new ideas. The basis for this award was a scientific enterprise analysis by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of

Economics and Business. This year, the innovation experts have studied a total of 245 companies. The results of this investigation will be provided to the participants in the form of a benchmarking report available that reveals their potential and immediately delivers applicable practical tips. Managing Director Norbert Schindler: This success is the result of a dedicated team of management and staff performance and shows us that we are on the right track. We will now use the results to optimise our innovation management. Besides KATEK another 102 companies received the quality seal Top 100 in a total of three categories. These included 51 national market leaders and 21 world market leaders. About two-thirds of the firms are family owned. In 2012 all companies generated combined sales of around 13.5 billion. The top innovators reinvested about 10 % of this total in research and development. Amongst SMEs in Germany in general this was just 1.4 %. Accordingly successful are the other award: 42.6 % of their turnover consists of products and services which they have only introduced to the market in the past three years. This number is significantly lower in the comparison group, at 8.9 %. The result: In the past three years, 86 of the Top 100 companies (83.5 %) achieved a growth that was above the industry average and by an average of nearly 15 percentage points.


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Training seminar on broadcast antenna systems

Experts from Colombian TV broadcaster pay visit

In mid-October the broadcast division of Kathrein was visited by two eight-man groups, one from state-run TV and the other from the regulatory authority in Colombia. The delegates took part in a one-day training course on the broadcast antennas. The groups were accompanied respectively by representatives from Rohde & Schwarz Colombia and by Walter Bombini, the representative from KATHREIN-Mobilcom Brasil. The training was part of the delivery contract for 15 digital TV antenna systems for Colombia, which was arranged at the trade fair SET in So Paulo under the auspices of Rohde & Schwarz, who were responsible for the entire project. The time frame between signing and delivery was extremely tight. Already in mid-November, all 15 antenna systems had been delivered to the customer. During a factory tour of the production, the visitors could examine their own systems and components. The participants followed the responsible project manager Dr. Paul Mamok (pictured left) with great interest and had some interesting technical questions on the design. Support was given in the lectures and exercises by Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Stolba. The calibration of the splitters and the determination of the lengths of the electrical cables were of particular interest to the participants. The seminar was accompanied by movies about the successful helicopter-assisted installation of antenna systems.

The entire project was put together with KATHREIN-Mobilcom Brasil (KMB). The antenna systems came from Rosenheim, while KMB contributed the equipment such as power supply cables, plugs and mounting accessories.

150 million euro syndicated loan

Banks show their trust in the Kathrein Group

The Kathrein Group has boosted its liquidity for the coming years thanks to a 150 million euro syndicated loan.

Norbert Schindler, Head of Finance of the Kathrein Group

The deal was closed over the groups central financial service provider, the Erste Rosenheimer Finanzservice AG. The volume of the loan was substantially over-subscribed. This means that the banks would have provided Kathrein with a larger sum if needed. The banking syndicate that granted the line of credit is made up of seven banks: Commerzbank AG, DZ BANK AG, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, VR Bank Rosenheim-Chiemsee eG,

Bayerische Landesbank, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG and Raiffeisenlandesbank Obersterreich. Norbert Schindler, Head of Finance of the Kathrein Group, described the deal as follows: We have taken an important step regarding the health of our company. The conditions of the loan allow the group to develop flexibly. The transaction under-lines the trust the banks have placed in their cooperation with Kathrein.


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Kick-off meeting

First European sales conference in Warsaw

The improvement of dialogue and communication, mutual assistance between Kathrein-Werke KG and European company Kathrein group members, as well as creating mutual trust and transparent processes were the main objectives of the first European Kathrein sales conference in the Polish Capital Warsaw. The KATHREIN-Werke KG invited its group companies and subsidiaries from 22 countries to the Hyatt Regency Warsaw for this event. In the respective country lectures and in six lectures from the Kathrein product divisions, the participants were given an overview of the priorities and the day-to-day operations of their respective companies or product divisions. It turned out that the various regions focus on very similar priorities, creating a constructive cooperation and mutual support throughout the Kathrein Group of companies and subsidiaries that can be guaranteed. Of course regular meetings in which we openly talk about our ideas, successes and problems are one of the best ways to improve communication, reaffirmed Christian Harel, Chief Sales Officer and member of the Executive Board at Kathrein. The two conference days were led by Anne Kssler, Senior Director and Coordinator of Product Management at Kathrein, and Mark Bingham, Sales Director, & Customer Support, Filters, Combiners & Amplifiers at KATHREIN-Werke KG. Between the lectures, roundtable discussions to exchange ideas were regularly convened, where lively discussions arose on the discussed topics. In addition to the conferences, participants of the first Euopean sales conference received a city tour with an interesting insight into the history of Warsaw. The traces of communism are still clearly visible on the buildings and avenues. However, the city is transformed more and more into a modern, Western-oriented city with a variety of impressive skyscrapers. The new impressive football stadium, which was built for the European Championship in 2012 characterises the skyline today. The city claimed the title of largest construction site in Europe, due to the downtown creation of many shops, shopping malls, high-rise office building and recreational opportunities in recent years.


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On the two nights of the sales conference, many topics were discussed in more relaxed settings within small groups and this again contributed significantly to the communication between the KG, the subsidiaries and distribution partners. Additional Kathrein sales conferences were held this year in Singapore, Mexico City, and Cape Town. In his final conclusion, Christian Hael filled the participants inon the planned future sales activities : There have been many changes already, and there will be more. However, as I already mentioned, the stability of our group of companies is also the key to success. Thus, the restructuring of the management of KATHREIN-Werke KG in 2012 was the first important step in giving new diection to the Kathrein group and maintaining its competitive profile. A host of the conference Anton Kathrein stressed in unison, the top future priority is to improve communication and dialogue between each other, which ultimately leads to more trust. We are successful in the Kathrein group and actively work to adapt the processes even better for our customers at home and abroad. The new organisation allows us to react faster to changes in the market and to optimise the strengths of our global presence, the Rosenheim entrepreneur summarised the goal direction.

Kathrein Group has expanded

KATHREIN-Werke KG takes over a large part of the Ubidyne group

On 1st June 2013, the Rosenheim based business KATHREIN-Werke KG took over a large part of Ubidyne, the leading developer of innovative, digital RF system solutions. With this take-over, Kathrein will maintain Ulm as a development site and has founded the KATHREIN GmbH to do so. The Kathrein Group has expanded its R & D capacity in order to continue positioning itself on the global market with pioneering, innovative products in the antenna and system electronics sector, emphasised Dr.-Ing. Michael Weber, member of the Executive Board at KATHREIN-Werke KG and Managing Director of KATHREIN GmbH.

The entire workforce of KATHREIN GmbH attended a workshop to intensify their collaboration with KATHREIN-Werke KG.


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New Kathrein sales representative for mobile communications products in Israel

Israeli business Aluma visits Kathrein

The Israeli telecommunications operation Aluma visited the Rosenheim antenna specialist Kathrein where they held intense sales talks and received technical training on products from KATHREIN-Werke KGs mobile communication range.

Last year Kathreins longtime sales representative for mobile communications products in Israel, the company Abamco, closed their doors following the retirement of managing director Matti Yariv. That is where Aluma stepped in. Aluma was established in 2009 and has made a name for itself in the telecommunications sector. Not only do they offer their customers a wide spectrum of mobile communications products, but also customised solutions and technical support. Haim Baitel, Director of Engineering & Operations at Aluma, had already worked in the field of antenna technologies at Alvarion, many years before joining Aluma. Furthermore, Elior Arazi, Director of Marketing & Sales at Aluma, had also

enjoyed a long career as a salesperson in the broadcast and electronics branch. KATHREIN-Werke KG has therefore found a qualified businesspartner in Aluma, who will continue to offer on-site support to customers in Israel. Due to the fact that a number of projects, such as LTE expansion (Long Term Evolution), will be takng place in Israel in 2013, proximity to customers is crucial. Through Alumas support, KATHREIN-Werke KG can continue to expand and strengthen their presence in this area. Kathrein paid Aluma a return visit during the New-Tech Exhibition 2013 in Tel Aviv. Together they presented Kathreins latest products for mobile communications (see page 55).

Elior Arazi, Director of Marketing & Sales bei Aluma (2nd from left) and Haim Baitel, Director of Engineering & Operations at Aluma (3rd from right), following presentation of the certificates of appointment by Christian Harel (Chief Sales Officer bei Kathein; 3rd from right). Also there (from left to right): Mark Bingham (Director Sales, Marketing & Customer Support, Filters, Combiners & Amplifiers at Kathein), Karsten Kretzschmar (Director Sales, Marketing & Customer Support, Mobile Communication Antennas at Kathrein) and Dr. Rudolf Krtvelyessy (Manager KAM & Area Sales Management, Mobile Communication Systems at Kathrein).


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Dipl.-Ing. Anton Kathrein (1st from right) and entrepreneurs widow Pia Kathrein (2nd from right) with the also honoured entrepreneur couple Helga and Erivan Haub.

Hall of Fame for the family company

Prof. Dr. Anton Kathrein honoured posthumously

Prof. Dr. Anton Kathrein was posthumously honoured by the Handelsblatt at a ceremony in Munich. Because of his innovative and responsible performance, the family business has been given a place in the Hall of Fame. Prof. Dr. Kathrein took over the leadership of the KATHREINWerke KG after his fathers death in 1972 when he was only 21 years of age. The firm of Kathrein, which was founded in 1919, was taken under his leadership to be a leading global supplier of satellite receivers, receiving antennas, car antennas and automotive electronics. Furthermore the Rosenheim entrepreneur devoted much, early on, to the promising mobile communications market. Handelsblatt publisher and chairman of the jury Gabor Steingart expressed appreciation to those honoured: Their names stand for a culture of entrepreneurship, in which not the short-term gains, but the responsible and innovative development of the company are at the forefront. Germany owes its strong position in Europe and the world to a large extent to such family entrepreneurs who have often set new standards for generations to come. This was the fifth time that the Handelsblatt, along with the auditing and consulting firm KPMG, honoured personalities from family and medium-sized companies in the Hall of Fame. Germany owes its strong position in Europe and the world to a large extent to such family entrepreneurs who have often set new standards over several generations. Successful work in corporate management, along with the contribution of the family and the actions of the principal owner when decisively and successfully applied to the companys strategy, are all evaluated. Other criteria for the selection of the honorees are the lasting preservation and creation of jobs through innovation and outstanding productivity and environmentally friendly economic activities as well as social and cultural engagement. Dipl.-Ing. Anton Kathrein, Managing Director of KATHREINWerke KG, took the prize on behalf of the Rosenheim entrepreneur Prof. Dr. Anton Kathrein who died suddenly on the 13th November 2012.


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Multiple requirements increasing demands

New technologies for mobile networks

Mobile networks have to satisfy diverse requirements nowadays. Not only is the amount of mobile subscribers constantly increasing, but their demands on the quality of the cellular network continue to increase as well. Thus the network operators are forced to provide flexible network structures that ensure the best reception and transmission conditions.

Flexibility is especially important when networks need to be adapted due to changing framework conditions such as increased user traffic. A widespead means of optimizing the cellular network is changing the footprint of the associated base station antenna. Here, a cutting-edge technology can be put to use, through which the footprint of the antenna can be concentrated to a specific range by tilting the antenna downwards. This technique is called downtilting. To avoid having to send a specialist for each step of the optimization process, there is the possibility to attach a remote control unit (RCU) to the antenna. The downtilt of the antenna can then be controlled remotely with different control units or directly from the base station. Remote control of downtilt is called Remote Electrical Tilt, abbreviated RET. The RCU is usually attached before the first use of the antenna, which is normally done with the initial construction of the site. Since there is one RCU type for all different antennas, the RCU must also get specific data for the current antenna. The necessary mechanical parameters of the antenna are stored in a configuration file, the antenna type and serial number have to be added as well. Before the first operation, the RCU is then calibrated using the configuration file data. This ensures the identification of the RCU with the antenna or, in the case of multiband antennas,

compatibility with the respective frequency bands. Typically, the installer adds also site-specific data such as the base station ID. In addition, each RCU must be connected via a cable to the control unit. Series connection of the RCUs is also possible, known as Daisy Chain. This entire process is of course time consuming and error prone. To rectify this, Kathrein is introducing mobile communication antennas with integrated RET units, called FlexRET. Using this unit, all frequency bands located in one antenna are centrally controlled independently of each other. In addition, the FlexRET is pre-configured ex-factory, which means that all data of the associated antenna type has already been stored in advance. Therefore, no further on-site calibration or configurtion is necessary, only the specific site information needs to be added. In addition, this solution also saves time as no external RCU must be attached and only one AISG cable needs to be connected. This technique will be realised in all future complex antennas. Furthermore, there will also be an innovative solution for all existing antennas with external RCUs: The RCU with RFID feature, which allows RFID-based communication between the antenna and the RCU. This improved RCU is fitted with an RFID reader. In addition, our antennas will be equipped step by


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step with RFID tags. All relevant antenna data is stored on the tag i.e. the configuration file, serial number and type number of the antenna. After mounting the RCU to the antenna, all data stored on the antenna tag are read by the RCU once the power is switched on. Only specific site information must be added. Both the FlexRET and the new RFID-RCU can decrease the installation time and costs and thus the capital expenditures.

In addition, the possibility of installation errors is reduced, which can lead to a reduction in operational expenditures. Network providers thereby enjoy a multitude of advantages which help optimise their mobile networks and provide a smooth running operation.


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Networking of mobile devices

DTMAs guarantee download speeds in the LTE network

LTE technology as the successor of GSM and UMTS standards has completely opened up new possibilities in the networking of mobile devices. According to GSA (Global Mobile Supplier Association) LTE is the fastest growing mobile technology of all time.

In April 2013, over 415 operators in over 124 countries invested in this technology of the future. New mobile services such as the HD video on demand require a much higher data bandwidth than is possible with the traditional technologies. For the operator this means high additional spending on licenses and new network infrastructure. In addition, the entire infrastructure must be brought up to the latest standard for the new transport capacity over fibre optic cables. To ensure the profitability of these major investments by the network operators, new pricing tariffs with higher data rates are being offered. With LTE, data speeds up to 100 Mbit/s can therefore be achieved. They are already talking about future generations of LTE speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s. Ensuring the download rates is one of the biggest challenges the network operator faces to successfully introduce the new tariffs and business models as well as being able to offer the best possible service to their customers. One of the most complex challenges for an efficient LTE network is the creation of optimum conditions for the wireless network. High download rates require best reception and transmission conditions of the new LTE phones and LTE USB devices.

The DTMAs (receiver amplifiers for base stations) from Kathrein guarantee the support of the download rates in LTE network. Due to the high quality features, these mobile radio components have a very high reliability and resilience. Kathrein DTMAs are thus the first choice of many network operators compared to other manufacturers. The use of the DTMAs in the LTE network ensures a good reception at the base station and thus considerably reduces the energy consumption of LTE devices. This can increase the download rate of the mobile devices. Through the outstanding development and production methods by Kathrein, excellent Signal to Noise values are achieved in the DTMAs. This ensures the best possible reception properties. It is because of these positive features of the DTMAs that many network operators use Kathrein products to ensure their LTE network quality. A study conducted by the University of Aalborg (Denmark) into the power used by end devices related to the transmission power of end devices and download throughput in LTE networks highlights the need for DTMAs. This shows that a non-optimal reception quality at the LTE base stations causes a very high power consumption of the LTE devices. The result is that battery power is enormously reduced with LTE phones and tablets. In the case of powerlimited devices, such as USB LTE surf sticks, there is often not enough power available for the receiving and encoding of large amounts of data. This effect can be enormously reduced by a reception amplifier on the LTE base stations. The use of DTMAs thus results in a higher quality in the LTE network and contributes significantly to a better customer satisfaction of mobile customers. Kathrein realised this effect early and expanded its DTMA product portfolio to assist network operators in their quality challenges to their very best. Kathrein thus opened a costeffective way for the network operators to increase customer satisfaction and quality of the network.


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New omnidirectional antenna from Kathrein

New omnidirectional antennas for LTE

Kathrein and Ericsson rely on Small Cells

As one of the first big system providers, the Swedish telecommunications operation Ericsson is comprehensively addressing the demands on new, fast mobile communications services based on LTE. In the future, these services are to be delivered to a large number of users.

These services aim to achieve data transmission speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s, continuously providing smartphones with new, even faster applications. However, these high data speeds also require new networks that are increasingly customised to meet the mobile phone users needs. Such high data rates can no longer be achieved with the conventional network structure (macrocells), which is based on adjacent sectors or cells. This is why the first tests are being performed using new small cells which are only used when required or in highly frequented areas such as pedestrian zones or large squares. These small cells are integrated into the existing network structure. In contrast to standard network structures, the new cells only supply small areas of a size between 10 and 300 m, making them the perfect choice for the transmission of the

scheduled fast data rates and the increase of cell capacity. Together with Kathrein, Ericsson has developed a new generation of complete solutions that can be set up at the sometimes very exposed small cell sites and which can be inconspicuously integrated into the respective environment. Kathreins role in the cooperation is of course the antenna technology; in this particular case, the development of a special new omnidirectional antenna which in spite of its small dimensions is especially suitable for use together with small cells. The new omnidirectional antenna has been added seamlessly to Kathreins antenna portfolio for units applied in special areas such as large halls, office buildings or airports. Once again the Rosenheim antenna manufacturer has proven its great know-how and expertise.

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Expansion and modernisation

Filter-combiner systems deliver good radio communication services on Italian motorways

In the course of a large-scale expansion of Italian motorways to three lanes, the radiocommunications infrastructure was also upgraded to the latest standard.

To accomplish this, the Italian motorway management brought in Kathrein and SIRA as professional partners. The radio frequencies were expanded on various motorway sections, such as a 22 km one near Florence. These are the new frequencies :

C 2 m band : VHF 150 MHz C C 0.7 m band : UHF 450 MHz C

4 m band : VHF 80 MHz FM band : 100 MHz

Kathreins filter-combiner systems guarantee good radio services inside tunnels, allowing travellers to listen to the radio without reception interference and providing rescue workers with good radio communications services in case of emergencies. In order to meet the demands on the radiocommunications systems, the many transmitting and receiving stations must be supplied by a common antenna system. This was made possible thanks to customised coupling networks from Kathrein. The design of the coupling networks depended on the site of operation and the desired configuration. The Kathrein engineers calculated the required parameters for the system design and developed a secure and reliable coupling network for the customer. As the leading manufacturer of professional antenna systems, Kathrein has gathered years of experience in the construction of high-frequency filters and coupling networks. Due to years of know-how in highfrequency filter technology and high-quality filter components, Kathrein succeeded in completing this demanding task.


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The Pyramidenkogel Mountain at Lake Wrthersee

Antenna system on the worlds highest lookout tower put into operation
The installation of the antenna system came about because of the new build of the tower on the Pyramidenkogel near Lake Wrthersee in the Austrian state of Carinthia. This was a special technical challenge for Dipl.-Ing. Hans Niedermayr, the project manager from the Kathrein broadcasting department.

Through many years of contact with the Austrian broadcaster Kronehit the mid-year contract was awarded to Kathrein to develop a system in conjunction with the new construction of the tower. Due to tight technical and regulatory requirements, the one VHF antenna could only broadcast the programs from Kronehit and one other private radio station, namely Welle 1. The extremely limited mounting options inside the tower, as well as the local requirements and regulations for an installation such as this in a public place, made the development even more complicated. Niedermayr and his team designed a sophisticated course network which allows not only simultaneous operation with two radio programs, but also ensures that each program is broadcast within the guidelines by the regulatory authority and complies with their pre-set frequency selective chart. Particular emphasis was placed on minimisation of the field strength on the visitor platforms and to the corresponding measurements for detection of strengths. The difficult task was completed due to meticulous planning and decades of experience in design of antennas, in just under ten weeks from the start of planning through to installation. The two radio stations were able to start broadcasting their programs even before the official opening of the attractive wooden tower.
The approximately 100 metre high observation tower on the Pyramidenkogel has an extraordinary appearance, an artistically screw shaped construction made out of wood.

The newly-built observation tower, which is architecturally very interesting, offers spectacular 360 panoramic views from about 900 meters high over the Carinthian Lake District between Villach and Klagenfurt as well as the Austrian Central Alps to the North and the Karawanken mountain range to the South. After seven years of planning, the foundation stone for the new building was laid in October 2012; the opening of the facility took place in the summer 2013 and has more than 1,000 guests and tourists visiting this attractive destination daily. The highest wooden observation tower is open all year round and also features Europes highest tunnel slide.

Kathrein engineer Markus Gerl during the final inspection and acceptance of the fully assembled antenna.

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Changing the antenna 200 metres above the ground

A new tip on the NDR transmitter mast in Lingen

In mid-May this year, the GRP cylinder at the top of the Lingen/Ems transmitter mast of north German TV broadcaster NDR was exchanged. This was done with the aid of a special helicopter. NDR project manager Carola Neubert explained from Hamburg: We are replacing the parts of the antenna which at 30 years old have reached the end of their lifespan. The two fibre glass reinforced plastic cylinders have become brittle with the effects of sunlight and weathering. The procedure took around three hours. The delivery and installation were part of a turnkey project which was headed by Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Kreuder of the Kathrein broadcast division. A proven Kamov load helicopter from the Swiss company Heliswiss was used for this task, and assembly work was carried out by the company Turmbau Steffens und Nlle (TSN) of Berlin. It took just two and a half hours to dismantle the old fibre glass reinforced antenna cylinder and to put the new tip on. With two flights in quick succession the old tip was dismantled. Three more flights were required to fly an adapter ring and the two parts of the mast to the tip of the transmitter.

The 30-year old GRP cylinder after being dismantled

All the work was carried out without any problems. What looked so easy and routine to the numerous onlookers was the result of meticulous planning by Kathrein engineers and the installation contractors in charge. Each transmission tower has its own peculiarities as installation manager Walter Gerhardt of TSN likes to say. The construction of the GRP cylinder was directed by Dipl.Ing. Hans Seebacher, head of mechanical development in the Kathrein broadcast department. Design of a steel adapter was also necessary to adjust the GRP cylinder to the flange of the transmission tower and to be able to make a vertical adjustment. Preparations took some time on the ground before the actual helicopter assembly ran the preparations on site. The transmitters were switched to a temporary auxiliary antenna,


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so that the old antenna cylinder could be prepared for dismantling. The individual components of the new antenna were again carefully examined : for example, the North mark, the flange bolt holes and the auxiliary assembly facilities. Planning errors had to be excluded from the outset, as their correction would have been extremely complex and expensive. Shortly before the helicopter was used, the area was cordoned off around the site. All participants were briefed about the procedure and their responsibilities by the coordinator of Heliswiss, Jrg Mazana. Security was the highest priority. After only three hours, the pilots had completed their job without a hitch. The last part of the new mast top was safely placed on the transmission tower. Two members of the Heliswiss were also present on the transmission tower to co-ordinate between the tower building staff and pilot.

After completion of the helicopter assembly, a measurement of the vertical position of the new cylinder is performed. Only 0.2 degree deviation from the vertical is allowed. After installation of RF cable and calibration by the engineers, the new antenna was finally able to go into operation in June 2013. The replacement of the antenna tip in Lingen had become necessary because the old GRP cylinder was nearing the end of its useful of life and was no longer worth refurbishing. Furthermore, the built-in antennas were only narrow-band designed and would not allow a channel change or the addition of new channels. The new Kathrein UHF superturnstile antenna is broadband. The new cylinder is also still ready for the use of VHF antennas. The NDR engineers Carola Neubert and Thorsten Greetfeld, who were responsible for the project, were impressed by the smooth operation of the assembly. Dipl.-Ing. Hermann JosefLake, head of NDR channel association for Osnabrck/Lingen, also was pleased that the project had run so smoothly and thanked everyone who had once again done the made to measure work. To end it all, final work was carried out internally in the mast and the lightning protection and flight obstacle lights were externally mounted.

The NDR transmitter mast in Damaschke, an urban district in Lingen, has had a new tip since May 2013. A specialised helicopter transported the parts to the top.

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One of the 27 successfully converted transmitter towers is located on the 1,064 meter high Pfnder, the local peak of Bregenz in the Allgu Alps.

DVB-T2 project in Austria

27 transmitters successfully converted

In June 2012 the management of the Austrian radio station ORS decided to implement the long-time planned DVB-T2 project. The objective was that the DVB-T2 signal should be sent in parallel with the DVB-T in all major main towns as well as in Vienna, using the antenna systems of the ORS as of 2nd April 2013. This ambitious project from the Austrian broadcasting station (ORS) was to additionally provide the DVB-T2 HDTV signal via terrestrial distribution to a total of 27 antenna systems in all federal state capitals in Austria and in the urban areas by early April 2013. It was successfully completed in cooperation with their partner Kathrein. This meant that transmitting antenna systems at 17 locations were required to be rebuilt and equipped with Kathrein antennas. The planning of the facilities was in the hands of project manager Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Stolba, who was strongly supported by Dipl.-Ing. Johann Seebacher of the mechanical planning department and the colleagues of the electrical development department under Director Dipl.-Ing. Hermann Zehetner. Already in autumn 2012, two GRP cylinders were exchanged successfully in two locations, and it was clear to the project managers from ORS and Kathrein that this ambitious project was far from being completed, and they were anxious that more difficulties were waiting for them in respect to the upgrading of the transmitters. The last winter showed that the challenges in tackling the project were enormous. The antenna mast is located at Schckl, a mountain near Graz, at an altitude of 1,440 metres. Due to the long, cold, and sometimes extremely snowy winter, there was a construction delay of more than six weeks at this site alone before the system could be handed over to the customer.

Heavy snowfall and icy temperatures delayed the installation work by over six weeks.


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The conversion of the GRP cylinder was launched midNovember 2012 with the construction of the replacement antenna. The conversion was made more difficult by extreme wind speeds of up to 100 km/h, which made it impossible to work with the rope winch. The winch had to be shut down due to the strong winds and the GRP cylinder froze to a wall temperature of -15 C. This made it impossible to fit the set of special mounting parts which improve the antenna characteristics. The reconstruction of the imposing antenna tower on the Kitzbhler Horn was also demanding. There, the conversion work was possible only at night, and everything, including calibration, had to be done within three nights by the Kathrein installation team. At this location everything had to be transported by cable car and snowmobile. The team stayed overnight respectively at the mountain station or directly by the transmitter. The last system was measured on the night of 28th March on the site of Gaisberg in Salzburg. Here, too, there were delays of more than six weeks because of the long winter. In retrospect, it can be said that the difficulties caused by weather and various other problems could only be overcome thanks to the excellent cooperation between ORS, Kathrein and the installation companies. With the introduction of the DVB-T2 standard, the new product SimpliTV was also brought to the market and has been available in Austria since the 15th April. It is transmitted exclusively by Kathrein broadcast antennas.

The antenna tower on the Kitzbhler Horn (left) and the Seegrube station near Innsbruck (right).

New at Kathrein

Optical SAT-IF distribution system

The main advantages in using an optical SAT-IF distribution system are in the very low distribution losses and otherwise in only using one very thin fibre cable to distribute all four satellite polarities. The dependence on the price of copper and the difficulties in laying 4 relatively thick and heavy coaxial cables is thus surmounted. The particular charm of the CLIK ! system is specifically in the ease of handling such thin cables and in the design of the connectors used very narrow and fitted with a slide-guided connector. CLIK! the audible connector engagement into the output port is an immediate confirmation that a perfect connection has been made. The Clik ! system is a completely planned-through distribution system encompassing the transmitter, the miniaturized distribution components and the optical receiver. The optical fibre cables are fitted with cable-pull eyelets, so that cable laying through cable conduits is an extremely simple task. The slimdesigned distribution material can be either on-wall screw fixed or installed discretely in a fibre management box. Up to 5 metres of overlong fibres can be handled in a fibre management box. As the system design utilizes a 4-coax input optical transmitter, standard universal quatro LNBs can be used. Systems can also be extended by cascading optical transmitters. The optical transmitter is fitted with automatic gain control (AGC). As standard LNBs can be used with the Clik! system, satellite antennas can be aligned as beforehand using standard SATIF signal meters. The miniature connector design is used on all components in the system from the transmitter through all distribution components to the final optical receiver ensuring full ease of installation throughout the installation. The high optical link budget allows one to simply and economically plan and install larger SAT-IF systems in larger tower blocks and blocks of flats over longer distances. Terrestrial signals can also be fed into the system and distributed. Since one is using optical fibres (no metal screening is involved), the question of potential differences (i.e. between buildings) is not relevant any more. Amplifiers are not required in the volumes required beforehand, so that the advantages are of both economical and energy-saving nature.

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UFOcompact plus

Kathrein has launched a new headend system

UFOcompactplus is Kathreins new headend system which unites innovation and tradition in a unique manner. UFOcompactplus provides users with the technological basis for todays and tomorrows challenges in the field of signal processing technology.

The use of existing UFOcompact modules in the new environment extends their system performance and allows users to migrate smoothly to Kathreins state-of-the-art headend technology. Our principle : Quality leads the way is reflected in many details of UFOcompact plus. The module carrier UFG 810 The core element of the new headend UFOcompact plus is the module carrier UFG 810. The systems backbone consists of the passive data and control backplane. This offers a total of thirteen insert positions, ten of which are designated for the insertion of any of the headend modules selected. The new output coupler is specified to up to 1 GHz and permits cabling to be done quickly and in an optically appealing fashion.

Functions that were previously entirely carried out in special devices can from now on be reproduced efficiently and costeffectively in the complete system. The central control module UFX 800 and the power supply module UFN 800 are both integral system modules. The high-performance launch amplifier UVO 830 can be optionally used. It has been specifically designed for this application scenario, making the use of extra external amplifiers superfluous. A future variant of the UVO 830 will be equipped with comprehensive monitoring functions. All signal parameters of the output signals can then be centrally recorded and monitored. The central control module UFX 800 is the control interface for all modules inserted into the module carrier. Using the free-of-charge management software USW 800, the system operator has access to all module parameters. A high-performance control bus secures rapid communication with all system components, enabling simple and rapid system configuring, even when several UFG 810s are cascaded. A further highlight is the downward compatibility encompassing the present UFOcompact modules, which is simply enabled using the adapter module UFZ 800, which, directly attached to the backplane, functions basically as a protocol and voltage converter providing the power and data connection to the UFOcompact modules. In this manner functional limitations in designing a new headend are kept to a minimum. The power supply UFN 800 is particularly to be noted for its extreme high performance parameters, proffering the exceptionally high degree of efficiency of over 92 %. The systematic design of the UFN 800 ensures, especially in conjunction with a soon available redundancy unit, maximal security against voltage fluctuations in mains nets. The UFG 810 is also fitted with a long-life and low-noise ventilator assembly. The ventilators ensure long-term operation of the complex electronic module groups, even under high ambient temperature operational conditions. Correct function of ventilator components is continuously and centrally monitored, whereby service friendliness has a central aspect. Each ventilator unit can be individually, rapidly and tool-free exchanged, without interrupting system operation.

The UFG 810 with ten insert positions

The innovation of the new UFOcompact plus headend lies in its high flexibility and scalability. The backplane allows the transmission of DVB transport streams between all new UFOcompact plus modules.


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Proud of the successful premiere of UFOcompact plus at this years ANGA COM (pictured from right): Product manager of headend technology Oliver Mayr with Kathreins development team Peter Helbich (mechanics), Christoph Halbig (electronics) and Robert Feustle (software).

UFOcompact plus modules The modern digital signal distribution offered by UFOcompactplus allows the processing of a multitude of TV signals while only requiring a minimum of space. In the case of new transmodulators it is the fundamental aim to achieve the principle of software-defined radio, which unites maximum flexibility with the highest reliability and cost-efficiency. New transmodulators are equipped with four RF inputs, followed by a broadband, DiSEqC-capable RF matrix for fully flexible internal signal distribution. High-performance programme and PID filters paired with the soon available multiplex function give users maximum flexibility. The backplane interface over which DVB transport streams are routed is an integral part of an UFOcompact plus module. General system functions handled in separate modules (i.e. decryption in UFZ 896) can be routed to other modules through this interface. An initial function done this way is the decoding of transmodulator module transport streams in combination with the CI module UFZ 896. These will be followed by additional special modules such as encoders, IP modules or universal interface modules. The durable aluminium housings boast excellent thermal characteristics. Moreover, the new UFOcompactplus modules are characterised by particularly low energy consumption. Great importance has been attached to user and service friendliness. All UFOcompact plus modules feature PushPull technology and are hot-plug capable. All new modules are equipped with voltage and temperature sensor technology. Should specific operational parameter limits be overstepped, then the modules concerned will be switched off for security. Once parameters have reached standard values units will be automatically switched on again. A status LED informs the operator on the operational status of any module.

USW800 The USW 800 is a platform independent management software used to configure UFOcompact plus headends. In conjunction with the UFX 800, systems can be configured locally or remotely via a TCP/IP connection over an existing LAN or WAN infrastructure. Both the new UFOcompact plus modules and the UFOcompact modules can be supported in any combination required. Simple and direct access to all system and module parameters is possible using the new bus structure. Further a Power ON reset function is also available for all UFOcompact plus modules, allowing one to specifically select an individual module and reset it. The USW 800s operational concept base allows one to manage systems of any size in a simple manner. Simple to handle transponder and programme search functions, based on integrated satellite programme lists are available for the operator. In addition a central, easy-to-use software update is available for all further components utilised in the system. Wizards especially support the extended headend functions, such as e.g. NIT build-up and LCN programme table creation. System functions available for several modules (e.g. CI) are designed in a clearly laid out, yet flexible manner. To ease efficient management of larger systems encompassing many sub-systems (especially in the hospitality business area), the USW 800 offers a row of special functions, such as favourite lists, off-line configuration and the use of configuration masks. Optimal support will be enabled with the automatic compilation of all relevant system information.

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4x Sat-IF or single-cable EXIP 414 SAT>IP Server


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PC / Laptop
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SAT>IP receiver WLAN SAT>IP receiver Smartphone/Tablet

with SAT>IP App

New at Kathrein: Sat>IP

Q & A on Sat>IP
What is SAT>IP ? SAT>IP is a communication protocol for the reception and distribution of satellite signals. It virtually translates satellite TV signals (DVB-S and DVB-S2) for their use on Internet-based end-user devices in the field of IP , allowing an entire household linked to a satellite reception antenna to view TV programmes on tablet PCs, PCs, laptops, smartphones, connected TVs, game consoles and media players. Viewers can thereby enjoy top-quality satellite TV even on devices that are not equipped with their own tuners. Satellite signals can be transferred over any IP infrastructure, with or without cable. This technology also substantially simplifies the distribution of satellite signals to multiple TV sets. How does SAT>IP work ? SAT>IP is an IP-based architecture for the reception and distribution of satellite signals. Traditional satellite receivers (DVB-S) only translate signals into frequencies before they are forwarded over coaxial cable. Satellite receivers are required to receive and demodulate satellite signals. In SAT>IP technology, DVB-S/DVB-S2 signals are directly demodulated and converted to IP at the reception point in a SAT>IP server. This can take place directly in the antenna, (IP-LNB), directly after it in the distribution line (SAT>IP multiswitch or converter) or in a master set-top box. Essentially, the SAT>IP server replaces the DVB-S/DVB-S2 layer with an IP transport layer. Following conversion, satellite programmes can be transported to SAT>IP clients over a router and diffeDie Basiseinheit UFG 810 mit zehn Steckpltzen rent IP networks (e.g. WLAN, Ethernet, Power Line, fibre optic cable or K-LAN) just like conventional IPTV signals are. This allows simultaneous transmission of up to eight TV programmes to different end-user devices. In a SAT>IP environment, each IP device is automatically suitable for the reception of satellite signals as soon as it has the required software, whether tablets, PCs, laptops, smartphones, connected TVs, game consoles, media players or IP STBs. Many only require a software update or app to become SAT>IP-capable. Smart TVs, Blue-ray players and some consoles can receive IP signals mostly directly, i.e. without an additional client, as long as the Sat>IP server has a DNLA function. SAT>IP distinguishes between servers and clients. The new, open, manufacturer-independent protocol ensures that SAT>IP clients can communicate with SAT>IP servers. What are the advantages for viewers? The advantages for viewers are plain to see. TV viewers are able to watch TV programmes on different end-user devices and screens in the habitual high-quality offered by satellite TV without media disruption or additional cabling and without having to use an Internet connection. On many of these units, one could either not watch this live content or only view it in poor quality. Furthermore, use of IP networks would result in high additional expenses. What does SAT>IP cost viewers? Besides costs for hardware and software (clients), there are no additional costs. SAT>IP is merely a new standard for the distribution of satellite signals to IP devices. No fees are charged for the transmission of linear free-TV programmes to the IP home network. All free-to-air programmes stay free-to-air. PayTV programmes can also be transmitted to the home network over SAT>IP; TV providers are free to draw up special offers. How many programmes can be transmitted simultaneously? That will depend on the bandwidth of the IP home network. Ethernet provides a minimum of 100 MBit/s, the same applies for modern powerline adapters. Thus eight HD programmes or 25 to 30 SD programmes can be transmitted simultaneously. WLAN offers less bandwidth since the net data rate is dependent on the distance to the access point and on interference from neighbouring networks.


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Smarter than your TV set

The new UFSconnect receivers from Kathrein

Kathreins UFSconnect receivers allow you to go beyond the limits of previous individual TV solutions. During recording, the AutoTunerShare function automatically uses the tuner of another UFSconnect receiver integrated in the network. This allows unadulterated live TV enterntainment even if the built-in tuner is currently blocked due to a programmed recording task. Each UFSconnect receiver allows you to access all your TV recordings, regardless of where you have made them. Enjoy satellite television in habitual quality, even in rooms in which there is no Sat cabling. With the UFScontrol app you can watch live TV on your tablet PC/smartphone, program recordings or easily control your receiver in your home network. Using the Wake on LAN function (WOL), any device integrated in the home network (receiver, tablet PC, smartphone), can wake up a UFSconnect receiver from stand-by mode.


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Hybrid receiver

UFS 924
TWIN hard disk receiver

Hybrid receiver

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The Topics

Smart TV satellite receiver UFSconnect 906 SAT>IP server EXIP 414 Caravan Sat package HDTV HDS 610 Inclinometer HDZ 60 Single-cable multi-switch with an integrated modem EXI 3591 Underfloor taps for frequency range up to 1.2 GHz Distribution network amplifier VGF 939D-1G Controlled compact amplifier VGP 9040 Optical compact receiver ORA 9222-1G

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UFSconnect 906si 20210220 UFSconnect 906sw 20210221

DVB receivers

Smart TV satellite receiver

The Smart TV receiver UFSconnect 906 is a fully equipped satellite receiver. Furthermore it can be smoothly integrated into a home network.




User-friendly Premium gracenote EPG

In conjunction with other network-capable Kathrein receivers, the scope of functions of the UFSconnect can be substantially upgraded. If the tuner on the device is being used at the time for recording, the UFSconnect 906 automatically accesses a Kathrein receiver integrated in the network, using it to receive additional live programmes.

The integrated Premium-gracenote-EPG provides a clearly structured programme preview for roughly 160 channels up to 14 days in advance. In addition to a wealth of sort functions, the EPG also offers a variety of search functions such as searches for re-runs, for actors or for keywords.


Red Bull Smart-TV



Provides internet access to the Red Bull Smart-TV portal with the following additional features : Red Bull TV Streaming of Red Bull TV content directly to the receiver Explore the latest arrivals 1) Push Vod Service the receiver saves the latest and exclusive HD or 3D videos received over satellite on the external USB hard drive for playback afterwards now also in 360 move as you please in 360 videos over remote control Red Bull Channels auf YouTube Direct access to Red Bull YouTube channels ServusTV Streaming of Servus TV content to the receiver Mediathek (Media Centre) (Media centre) Video app with Servus TV content Bilderwelten (Image gallery) Streaming of Servus TV Vogelfrei to your receiver Ikono TV Displays artwork from different periods in HD via Internet stream

Multi-media images (jpg), music (mp3) or videos can be played out on your television set if they are made available on the USB interface of the UFSconnect 906. The integration of a UPnP client allows the receiver to access data from devices connected to the network (e.g. NAS server, PC, network receiver). The Kathrein portal offers direct access to the YouTube main menu and Internet radio. This multitude of radio broadcasters is processed over the SHOUTcast Radio platform and enables one to search and sort programmes by names and genre.



The HbbTV standard makes it possible to access additional Internet content provided by the broadcaster. Videotext, media centres or detailed information on the current programme are all provided to users. In spite of the wide range of functions and the fusion of TV and Internet, the UFSconnect 906 is easy to operate and is characterised by a high degree of convenience. The receiver is available in silver and black.


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Special features


UFSconnect (easy video sharing, auto tuner sharing, shared recording list ...) SAT IP client functionality HbbTV (additional information and services from the Internet) Red Bull Smart-TV portal WakeOnLAN - the receiver can be switched on by other devices connected to the home network Option to record TV and radio broadcasts on an external USB hard disk 1) Network interface with streaming function UFScontrol App for iOS (iPad/iPhone) and Android Premium gracenote EPG (electronic programme guide) covering up to 14 days with detailed information for approximately 160 programmes TV control TV can be switched on/off through HDMI connection 2)


Language selection for programmes broadcast in several languages Suitable for software updates (operational software and programme list separately) via satellite and USB stick On-screen display (OSD) in ten languages (DE, GB, FR, IT, ES, CZ, NL, PL, TR, RU) DiSEqC 1.0/1.1/1.2, USALS and SCR single-cable system control signals (EN 50494) 5,000 programme memory positions Mains switch


Further features


Common Interface for a CI+/CI module Reception of digital satellite TV and radio programmes in DVB-S2 (HDTV) and DVB-S transmission standards Video decoding of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264 signals (HDTV) Timeshift function using an external USB hard disk drive ) Permanent timeshift (ongoing recording of the selected programme) Extended EPG functions: Sorting according to categories, extensive search function, creation and administration of programme tips Displays broadcaster logos in various on-screen displays Any number of timer recordings can be programmed (once, daily, weekly, user-defined and serial timers) Eight favourite programme lists each for TV and radio Recording list with chapter menu and pictures Multimedia archive for pictures and MP3 play-out Integrated UPnP server/client Internet radio (SHOUTcast Radio) YouTube videos Guided first installation Pre-programmed programme list - immediate viewing without having to perform a programme scan Automatic download of software and programme lists Upscaler converts PAL signal to 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p as well as automatically


1 F-type connector (1 x input) 1 x Ethernet 10/100 Mbit/s RJ 45 2 x USB 2.0 (2 x rear panel) 1 x CI+/CI slot 1 x HDMI out 1 x analogue Video (CVBS) Cinch 2 x analogue Audio (l/r) Cinch 1 x digital Audio S/PDIF optical 1 x digital Audio S/PDIF electrical 1 x power connection 12 V

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Infra-red remote control Batteries HDMI cable User manual Safety notes Power supply unit 230 V/12 V

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Technical data

Type | Order no. Colour RF range Sat-IF range Input level range Modulation, FEC, de-multiplexer Video resolution Video decoding Input data rate TV system audio Decoding Sampling rate Power supply Mains voltage DC voltage Power consumption (max./typ. operation/stand-by) LNB supply (horiz./vert.) Control signal Connections Sat-IF input TV/VCR connection Video/audio output (digital) Audio output (analogue) Audio output digital (optical/electrical) Common Interface/encryption system Data interface USB Ethernet General Ambient temperature range Dimensions (W x H x D) Weight
1) 2)

UFSconnect 906si | 20210220 Silver MHz dBV

UFSconnect 906sw | 20210221 Black

950-2,150 44-83 DVB-S/DVB-S2 standard CCIR 601 (720 x 576 lines), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264, Xvid


2-45 (30 for DVB-S2/8PSK)

AC 3, MPEG-1, Layer 1, 2 and 3 (mp3)/HE-AAC kHz 32/44,1/48

V/Hz V W V/mA kHz

230/50-60 12 < 28/Typ. 10/< 0.5 14/18; Max. 400 22; DiSEqC1,0/-1,1/-1,2, USALS, SCR single-cable (EN 50494)

1 x F-type socket 1 x Cinch socket 1 x HDMI 2 x Cinch socket Standard optical (SPDIF)/1 x Cinch socket For 1 CI+/CI module/-

2 x 2.0 1

C mm kg

Max. +5 to +40 255 x 47 x 190 <2

Only with hard drives from Kathreins programme range or with suitable hard drives ( Service FAQ) For flat-screen TV sets which support this function


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Sat>IP server
EXIP 414 20510066


Supports SAT>IP protocol Conforms to SAT>IP standard as per prEN 50585 Streams DVB-S/DVB-S2 (HDTV) signals into an IP data stream Can be fed into different network types : LAN (also K-LAN, Powerline ...), WLAN integration via router, e.g. FRITZ!Box Four independent tuners, each for one data stream Web interface for configuration, administration and import of software updates Status display via LED Can be configured for different clients 1) : Tablet PCs, smartphones, notebooks, SAT>IP-capable receivers (e.g. UFS 924) On/off switch


Can be operated on different types of LNBs, multi-switches and single-cable multi-switches Supports standard switching signals: 14/18 V, 22 kHz, DiSEqC1.0, single-cable as per EN 50494 Four Sat inputs; one Ethernet-RJ 45 connection High screening values ensure disturbance security For horizontal installation (e.g. like receivers) or on-wall installation with the supplied installation bracket For indoor installation Certified by SES ASTRA High-efficiency plug-in power supply for voltage supply Support for wall mounting
Provided the required software/apps are installed on the device

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Technical data

Type | Order no.

Inputs Subscriber connections Frequency range Return loss Input level range Decoupling Impedance Screening factor Permissible remote feed voltage input Max. permissible remote feed current Output voltage horizontal/vertical Max. power consumption of server Permissible ambient temperature Connections Dimensions (W x H x D) Packing unit/weight Power supply unit Nominal input voltage Secondary voltage Max. output current Fulfills the directives mm pc./kg V V A MHz dB dBV dB dB V mA V W C

EXIP 414 | 20510066

4 x Sat 1x4 950-2,150 >7 42-87 > 30 75 5-300 MHz > 85 300-470 MHz > 80 470-1,000 MHz > 75 1,000-2,400 MHz > 55 12-20 400 > 17.5 (at 400 mA)/< 19 (at 0 mA)/> 12.5 (at 400 mA)/< 14 (at 0 mA) 28 0 to +40 F-type connectors, RJ 45, 3.5 mm jack plug 222 x 138 x 43 1 (4)/Approx. 0.75 230 12 3 EN 60065:2002 + A1:2006 +A11:2008 + A2:2010 + A12:2011 DIN EN ISO 12100-2:2004 + A1:2009 partially

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HDS 610 20310026

Caravan Sat package HDTV

Following site determination of the current site using a city list or entry of GPS data, the receiver will then display the required elevation and the actual elevation. The satellite package consists of:

In order to facilitate antenna alignment to the desired satellite for digital and HDTV satellite reception, Kathrein now offers the inclinometer HDZ 60. The caravan SAT package HDS 610 features a BAS 60 planar antenna in which the inclinometer is pre-assembled. In conjunction with the HDTV receiver UFS 946sw/CI+, its the ideal means to align the antenna easily and conveniently. The current elevation setting is transmitted to the receiver over the antenna cable.


HDTV mobile receiver UFS 946sw/CI+ BAS 60 planar antenna Inclinometer HDZ 60 (pre-installed in planar antenna)


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Inclinometer for BAS 60 antenna

HDZ 60 20410040
Determination of your location using the city list


Installation set for the BAS 60 planar antenna Simple antenna alignment when used together with the UFS 940sw or UFS 946/CI+ HDTV receivers Installation is simply effected in the BAS 60s LNB housing Both the required and actual elevation are displayed in the receiver menu The actual site is determined on entering GPS data into the receiver Alternative site determination by selecting a listed city in the receiver menu No extra cabling is needed between the antenna and receiver
The required and actual elevation, signal strength and quality are displayed. No additional measuring instrument required.

The HDZ inclinometer can be used as retrofit installation for the BAS 60 planar antenna in order to facilitate antenna alignment to the desired satellite for digital and HDTV satellite reception. In conjunction with the HDTV receiver UFS 946sw/CI+, its the ideal means to align the antenna easily and conveniently. The inclinometer is installed in the LNB housing on the rear panel of the BAS 60 with little effort. The current elevation setting is transmitted to the receiver over the antenna cable. No additional installation of cables required !

The actual site is determined on entering GPS data

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IP over coax

Single-cable multi-switch with an integrated modem

EXI 3591 20510065

Multi-switch :

Integrated modem:


Cascadable single-cable multi-switch with an integrated modem for the distribution of Sat-IF signals (four Sat polarisations) and terrestrial signals to up to nine receivers The selected transponder is transmitted by the multi-switch on a fixed frequency (user band), controlled by the receiver with a DiSEqC command set conforming to EN 50494 The multi-switch supports the extended single-cable set of commands SCD2 conforming to prTS 50607 Terrestrial signals can be received even when the satellite receiver is switched off Each receiver is assigned a fixed subscriber frequency (user band); (a twin receiver requires two subscriber frequencies) Creation of a home network using the existing terrestrial distribution of a multi-switch. The IP data is available on every subscriber output. Installation complexity is reduced as no additional network cabling is required. PIN code : Protects the user frequency from being accessed by another user. This allows an installation in an apartment building Integrated AGC (Automatic Gain Control) ensures a constant output level in the Sat-IF range Integrated, highly-selective frequency diplexer for IP data Low power consumption due to high-efficiency, short-circuit proof switched-mode power supply unit and energy-saving concept (the single-cable multi-switch is powered by the receiver connected to it and switched off whenever the receiver is switched off) Kathrein Power Saving : LNB supply is switched off as soon as all receivers are inactive. This function can be deactivated if loop-through multi-switches without Kathrein Power Saving are used in the cascade LNB remote feeding via the horizontal low input. Kathrein Power Saving signalling over the vertical low trunk. All other inputs are voltage-free For indoor installation


Modem for Kathrein IP over coax system K-LAN (based on the standard IEEE 1901) Ideal for networking of receivers, TV sets and Blu-ray players. Other network-capable units such as PCs can also be easily connected using a router (e.g. FRITZ!Box) > 500-Mbps data rate (gross) allow multiple HD streams with simultaneous data transfer between PCs. Thanks to QoS *) prioritising corresponding services High screening values ensure disturbance security 128 bit AES encryption: Secure, private network connection at the press of a button - no software required Eco-Power Mode: The modem automatically switches to stand-by and is automatically woken up by the network again. Consumption: 1.0 watts in standby/4.2 watts in operation.




Sat outlet EXI 30 (Order no. 21110024): Remote-feed capable outlet (feeding over Sat connection) with optimal selection for data and RF signals End-user modem EXI 01 (Order no. 20510061): To reconvert IP data on subscriber outlets (e.g. to connect a satellite receiver with an Ethernet port) Software EXI 700: Shows the functioning modems of a network (Download from: High pass EXI 90 (Order no. 20510062): If additional multi-switches (not from EXI series) are used and the EXI 01 is used on one of these, the high pass must be screwed on the terrestrial input of the multi-switch. Cascaded multi-switches downstream are thereby isolated and irradiation of the IP frequency range to and from the terrestrial antenna is suppressed. The EXI 3591 already features an integrated high pass.

C C 40

*) Quality of Service

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Technical data

Type | Order no. Multi-switch Subscriber connetions Inputs Frequency range Tap loss (terrestrial) Output level Sat (AGC) Decoupling horiz./vert. Input level Sat Subscriber frequency/user band : Receiver 1 Receiver 2 Receiver 3 Receiver 4 Receiver 5 Receiver 6 Receiver 7 Receiver 8 Receiver 9 MHz dB dBV dB dBV MHz 1 x terr. 87.5-862 9 -

EXI 3591 | 20510065 9 4 x Sat-IF 950-2,150 88 30 55-80 2-68/87.5-862 974/1 1,076/2 1,178/3 1,280/4 1,382/5 1,484/6 1,586/7 1,688/8 1,790/9 5-300 MHz > 85 300-470 MHz > 80 470-1,000 MHz > 75 1,000-2,400 MHz > 55 12-14 10

Screening factor Permissible supply voltage at the subscriber output Max. current drain through subscriber output Nominal input voltage Permissible input voltage range Nominal input power at 0/150/300 mA load 1) Secondary voltage (input horiz. low) Max. perm. remote feed current (input horiz. low) 2) Protection class/protection type Permissible ambient temperature Connections Dimensions (W x H x D) Packing unit/weight Integrated modem Frequency range IP (IEEE 1901) 3) Gross data rate Modem current drain Power consumption at max. data rate Pomwer consumption in stand-by mode Connections Supported standards
1) 2)

dB V mA V V W V mA

230 (47-63 Hz) 6.1/9.2/12.2 18 300 Il (insulated)/IP 30

-20 to +55 F-type connectors

mm pc./kg

295 x 148 x 42.5 1 (10)/Approx. 0.7

MHz Mbit mA W W

2-68 500 Max. 200 Approx. 4.2 Approx. 1.0 RJ 45 IEEE 1901

All nine user frequencies/user bands in operation Over input Horizontal low 3) Currently used: 8-68 MHz

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Developed by us

New underfloor taps for a frequency range up to 1.2 GHz

The constantly increasing bandwidth demands which cable network operators are facing are ultimately leading to expansion of the transmitted frequency ranges. The DOCSIS 3.1 standard can definitely be considered as one of the pacesetters in this scenario. Underfloor taps are key components in the networks of major cable network operators (e.g. passive C lines in German BK systems). These passive network sections branch the coaxial signal paths using countless underfloor taps. Germanys major cable network operators have issued a new specification with new requirements for underfloor taps. In October 2013 type approval was gained from two major cable network operators. Both cable network operators praised the great professionalism Kathrein demonstrated during the type approval procedure. The picture below shows the drop test being performed on the tap housing using a 1 kg iron weight. The previous nomenclature has been kept. The tables below give you an overview of the available types comparing old and new.

862 MHz type (Order no.) EAT 80 (272137) EAT 81 (272476) EAT 85 (272138) EAT 86 (272477) EAT 90 (272140) EAT 91 (272478) EAU 80 (272147) EAU 81 (272624) EAU 85 (272148) EAU 86 (272625) EAU 90 (272149)

1,200 MHz type (Order no.) EAT 1280 (24510130) EAT 1281 (24510131) EAT 1285 (24510132) EAT 1286 (24510133) EAT 1290 (24510134) EAT 1291 (24510135) EAU 1280 (24510136) EAU 1281 (24510137) EAU 1285 (24510138) EAU 1286 (24510139) EAU 1290 (24510140) EAU 1291 (24510141) EAR 1280 (24510142) EAR 1281 (24510186) EAR 1285 (24510143) EAR 1286 (24510187) EAR 1290 (24510144) EAR 1291 (24510188) EAV 1280 (24510145) EAV 1281 (24510146) EAV 1285 (24510147) EAV 1286 (24510148) EAV 1290 (24510149) EAV 1291 (24510150) EBU 1230 (24510151) EBU 1231 (24510152)

Standardproduct type AB 110 AB 110 AB 115 AB 115 AB 120 AB 120 AB 210 AB 210 AB 215 AB 215 AB 220 AB 220 AB 310 AB 310 AB 315 AB 315 AB 320 AB 320 AB 410 AB 410 AB 415 AB 415 AB 420 AB 420 Vt Vt

Alexander Ziegler, technician for hardware developments, carrying out a drop test with a 1 kg iron ball

EAU 91 (272626) EAR 80 (272238) EAR 81 (-) EAR 85 (272239) EAR 86 (-) EAR 90 (272241) EAR 91 (-) EAV 80 (272276) EAV 81 (24510001) EAV 85 (272277) EAV 86 (24510002) EAV 90 (272278) EAV 91 (24510003) EBU 30 (272598) EBU 31 (24510022)

For passive components such as Kathreins underfloor taps, the upper limit frequency of 1.2 GHz (previously 860 MHz) is now the new reference line. Twenty years of experience have gone into the optimization of tap details. This is an advantage that should not be underestimated when having to safely install taps underground with high costs involved. Each product exchange is a significant cost factor. Quality and reliability are the top priorities here. The proven external design has remained unchanged, however the entire RF inner workings as well as the all-important mechanical details have been optimized and adapted to the new requirements with a new design. The number 12 (1.2 GHz) has been added to the type names.


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Compact amplifiers

Similar to illustration

Distribution network amplifier

VGF 939D-1G 24410169



Frequency response up to 1,006 MHz Latest GaAs-MMIC technology Pluggable diplex filter Interface for diplex filter up to 200 MHz return path Innovative operational concept : N Settings using slide switches for exact reproduction of device settings N Fewer insert cards and attenuation pads required Very high output level at lowest intermodulation products (also for interstage attenuation) One or two output(s) configurable Built-in active return path with various setting possibilities Return path can also be operated passively 15 MHz high pass can be activated in the return path Ingress Control Switch (ICS) Monitorable with HMS or DOCSIS transponder (option) Insert position for additional functions in the forward path (e.g. de-emphasis) Directional coupler test socket on amplifier input Directional coupler test socket on amplifier output Bi-directional test socket on return path (allows coupling of test signals for the return path) LED as function indicator Highly efficient switched-mode power supply unit Surge absorbers on all RF connections and in switchedmode power supply unit Die-cast housing with PG 11 connectors Advanced remote power concept in the VGF 939D-1G: N Remote feed current: Max. 7 A per connection, local insertion max. 10 A totally N Remote feeding possibilities: By choice via all RF connections or local connector (power passing) Easy connection of large cable fittings due to extended thread distance Outdoor operation possible, housing protection class: IP 54 Test sockets : F-type connectors (internal)

Delivery status:

N For operation with one input or output, no plug-in cards


N All insert positions are fitted with 0-dB bridging plugs

ex works

N Input and output cable fittings not included in the delivery


N The diplex filters are not included in the delivery scope




EBC 90-1G (24510113): Splitter (2 symmetrical outputs) EAC 93-1G (24510115): Tap (3/6 dB) EAC 90-1G (24510116): Tap (1.5/10 dB) EAC 94-1G (24510114): Tap (0.8/20 dB) ERZ 940 (24510059): De-emphasis equaliser (cable simulation) 862 MHz, 7 dB fixed ERD 810 (24510110): De-emphasis equaliser switchable, 862 MHz ERD 813 (24510117): De-emphasis equaliser ERD 814 (24510120): Attenuation pad ERZ 630 (24510108): Equaliser 47-630 MHz, switchable 2-18 dB in 2 dB steps ERS 800 (24510109): System equaliser 862 MHz TVM 850/H (26210077): Monitoring transponder HMS (5-42 MHz), frequency-agile TVM 1000 (26210086): Monitoring transponder DOCSIS WFS 9065 (24510153): Diplex filter set 65/85 MHz WFS 9085 (24510154): Diplex filter set 85/105 MHz EMU 29 (275260): PG 11 adapter ring to 5/8 EMP 53 (25010011): Adapter PG 11 to 3.5/12 connector (female)


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Technical data

Type | Order no.

Forward path Frequency range Gain Gain setting range, interstage Amplitude response Amplitude response (additional, from 862-1,006 MHz) Attenuation setting range, interstage Attenuation setting range, on input 3) Pre-emphasis setting range, on input 3) Pre-emphasis setting range, interstage Return loss, as of 40 MHz Noise figure Max. operational level: CENELEC raster 1) Max. operational level: CENELEC raster 1) Hum modulation ratio Attenuation of return path signals Spurious Return path Frequency range Gain (port to port, incl. diplexer) active Gain, passive operation Amplitude response Attenuation setting range Pre-emphasis setting range Ingress Control Switch (ICS) Maximum output level

VGF 939D-1G | 24410169 Remotely powered

MHz dB dB dB dB dB dB dB dB dB dB dBV dBV dB ns dBV 47-1,006 40 32-40 0.5 -0.5 0-8 0-26 0-25 0/4/8 18 -1.5/oct. 4.5 116/118 114/114 60/70 70 15


Dependent on the inserted diplexer

85-1,006 MHz, at 25 C
At 25 C, over slope and attenuation

Adjustable in 1 dB steps using 2 slide switches Adjustable in 2 dB steps using 3 slide switches Adjustable in 2 dB steps using 3 slide switches, pivot : 1,006 MHz Settings via slide switches

at 40 dB gain CTB : 60 dB/CSO : 60 dB (pre-emphasis 4 dB) CTB : 60 dB/CSO : 60 dB (pre-emphasis: 0 dB) At 7 A, 5-65/85-1,000 MHz
With fitted diplex filter set WFS 90x5

As of 47 MHz

MHz dB dB dB dB dB dB dBV

5-200 >26 -2 0.5 0/4/8 / 0-16 0/3 / 0/3/6 8/> 40 120 On input/interstage On input/interstage attenuated/switched-off According to KDG 1 TS 140 (full system load) 50 dB NPR @ 50-MHz load and 26-dB gain, dynamic range : 24 dB (EN 60728-3/item 4.7)

Input level density Dynamic range at 30 dB gain (5-65 MHz) 2) Dynamic range at 21 dB gain (5-65 MHz) Switchable high pass Noise figure Network management Group propagation time Monitorable parameters Attenuation forward path signals Spurious

dBV/Hz dB dB MHz dB

14 18 25 15 5



15-200 MHz, B = 2 MHz

Internal voltage supply, internal current drain, internal temperature, ICS switch dB dBV 70 15
With fitted diplex filter set WFS 90x5

RBW = 300 kHz


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Technical data

Type | Order no.

Test sockets Test socket 1 (on amplifier input), bi-directional

VGF 939D-1G | 24410169 Remotely powered

dB 20


Test socket 2 (on amplifier output), directional coupler



Possibility to feed in return path signals (5-65 MHz); if push-button is kept pressed, the incoming return path signal can be measured Attenuation relative to return path input

Test socket 3 (in return path amplifier), directional coupler Switched-mode power supply Nominal input voltage Mains frequency range Max. remote feed current Max. remote feed current, local insertion Power consumption (without monitoring) General Ambient temperature range RF connections Test sockets Housing protection class (to EN 60529) Lightning arrester Dimensions (W x H x D) Packing unit/weight
1) 3)




32-72 50-60 7 10 17.5 Return path amplifier active per input or output

-40 to +65 PG 11 F-type connector IP 54

data-conform operation

IP 67 optional

kV mm pc./kg

4 238 86 189 1/2.2

2) When the 15 MHz high pass is connected, the dynamic range increases by 3 dB CENELEC: 42 channels Can be adjusted in 2 dB steps using slide switches

All data are typical values unless stated otherwise.

Block diagram


0 / 10 dB 2 / 0 / 4 dB 6 / 0 / 12 dB 2 / 0 / 4 dB 6 / 0 / 12 dB dB Attenuation or pre-emphasis Pre-emphasis 4 / 0 / 8 dB 1 / 0 / 2 dB 3 / 0 / 6 dB



-20 dB


Pre-emphasis Attenuation Attenuation

Monitoring transponder

85 - 1006 MHz 5 - 65 MHz

Current Temperature Ub ICS Option

30 dB 21 dB 2 / 0 / 4 dB 6 / 0 / 12 dB Switched-o dB dB Attenuation Internal 0 / -8 dB / "switched-o"

85 - 1006 MHz 5 - 65 MHz

3 / 0 / 6 dB

-30 dB

4 / 0 / 8 dB

passive active
v = 14 dB Pre-emphasis 5-65 MHz


(Return path: P = 70 dBV)


5 MHz 15 MHz


Internal Test

2 -20 dB


Test 1
-20 dB bi-directional

Test 3 -10 dB (P


= 60 dBV)

Ingress detection

Option Option max. 7 A power passing: 10 A 32-72 VAC SNT C

15 A

S10 Return path measurement or feed-in

Loop through splitter field

Output splitter field

A D Input PG11 Loop through PG11 = slide switches

B E Output 2 A/B/E/D = 15-A fuse PG11 Output 1 PG11

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Compact amplifiers

Similar to illustration

Compact amplifier, controlled

VGP 9040 24410107
Note: The output plug-in positions must each be equipped with a EBC xx-1G/EAC xx-1G for operation.




Modern, monitorable compact amplifiers for interactive HFC networks Innovative operational concept : Using electronic tuning elements, set using HTE 10 hand-held unit (fewer plug-in cards and attenuation pads required, repeatable device settings) Integrated frequency-agile 2-pilot control enables quick commissioning : N Automatic levelling in the forward path, thus no need for time-consuming manual levelling N Automatic presetting of the return path possible Remote configuration of all setting parameters via monitoring system (can be activated/deactivated) High gain (up to 40 dB), variable in interstage-position Latest GaAs-MMIC technology Very high output levels at lowest intermodulation products, even for interstage operation Output splitter can be configured De-emphasis (inverse-equalisation) insert position Remote powering : 7 A per input/output, local powering : 10 A Insert position for monitoring transponder (HMS/DOCSIS) Test sockets on input/output and in return path amplifier Integrated return path amplifier, settable gain Ingress Control Switch (ICS) Aluminium die-cast housing with PG 11 connections
ERC 22
Plug-in position


EBC 00-1G (Order no. 24510119): Null card output, for operation with one output EBC 90-1G (24510113): Splitter (2 symmetrical outputs) EAC 93-1G (24510115): Tap (3/6 dB) EAC 90-1G (24510116): Tap (1.5/10 dB) EAC 94-1G (24510114): Tap (0.8/20 dB) ERC 22 (24510085): C-line pre-emphasis equaliser for VGx 9040 ERZ 630 (24510108): Equaliser 630 MHz ERS 800 (24510109): System equaliser 862 MHz ERD 810 (24510110): De-emphasis equaliser switchable, 862 MHz ERD 813 (24510117): De-emphasis equaliser ERD 814 (24510120): Attenuation pad TVM 850/H (26210077): Monitoring transponder HMS (5-42 MHz), frequency-agile TVM 1000 (26210086): Monitoring transponder DOCSIS HTE 10 (25010005): Hand-held unit


Switched-mode power supply


Output plug-in position

Output Output

Plug-in position

Plug-in module

Monitoring transponder

-1G -1G -1G -1G -1G

Block diagram


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Technical data

Type | Order no. Forward path Frequency range Gain (at 862 MHz) Return loss Frequency response at (85-862 MHz 25 C) Additional frequency response (over slope and temperature range) Max. output level according to CENELEC ) - CTB > 60 dB/CSO > 60 dB Attenuation range, electronically adjustable in 0.5 dB steps Slope range, electronically adjustable in 0.5 dB Pre-emphasis, electronically adjustable in 1 dB steps Noise figure at minimum pre-emphasis Level range, sloped at 85 MHz/parallel Frequency range lower pilot Pu / upper pilot Po Pilot level (PAL/CW/QAM) Hum modulation ratio at 7 A Return path Frequency range Gain Frequency response at 25 C Input level density (CINR = 50 dB), at 30 dB gain Dynamic range : CINR > 50 dB, 5-65 MHz, at 30 dB gain Dynamic range : CINR > 50 dB, 5-65 MHz, at 20 dB gain Noise figure Attenuation, switchable in 1 dB steps Slope, switchable in 7 steps ICS switch (attenuation switchable over EMS or HTE 10 hand-held unit) Hum modulation ratio at 7 A/> 15 MHz General Voltage supply Power consumption Max. remote feed current per connection Max. remote feed current in local feeding (power passing) RF connections Housing protection category Ambient temperature range Screening factor Overvoltage protection acc. to IEC 60-2 Dimensions (W x H x D) Network management (optional) Monitorable/settable parameters mm VAC W A A PG 11 IP 54 C MHz dB dB dBV/Hz dB dB dB dB dB dB dB
2) 2)

VGP 9040 | 24410107 MHz dB dB dB dB dBV dB dB dB dB dB MHz dBV dB 85-862 40 19 -1.5 dB/octave 0.5 0.8 114/116 0-16 0-20 2-9 6 2/ 3 85-230/570-870 83-112 70

5-65 30 0.5 -9 21 26 6 0-30 1-8 0/6/> 45 60

30-72 23 7 10

-20 to +55 Conforms to CENELEC EN 50083-2 2 kV (1.2/50 s) 240 95 240 )

Operational voltage; current; temperature; electronic tuning elements; pilot setting and alarm; automatic levelling of forward path; automatic presetting of return path; return path gain; ICS switch; remote inventory data

9 dB slope Set using HTE 10 hand-held unit All data are typical values unless stated otherwise.



Width incl. hinges : 267 mm

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Optical transmission systems

Optical compact receiver with four outputs

ORA 9222-1G 24410088 ORD 9201 24810307 ORD 9202 24810308

Note : The shown IEC sockets are not included in the delivery scope

The ORA 9222-1G is a modularly equipped, high-linear FTTC fibre node for use in HFC networks. The ORA 9222-1G has two independent downstream paths as well as two independent upstream paths (each can be segmented). Up to four outputs can be configured using output taps. The compact housing features integrated fibre management.

The modular concept of the ORA 9222-1G allows system specific configuration of the fibre node. The required modules can be easily replaced or retro-fitted, an advantage during initial equipping and retrofitting. In simplest operation, the forward path is equipped with an extremely low-noise receiver. Use of a second optical receiver enables redundancy. The automatic control of the receiver provides a constant RF output level over the complete intended optical input power range. The opto-electrically converted signal is raised to the required level and slope with the aid of high-linear, low-noise amplifier stages and pre-emphasis elements. If these settings do not suffice, the level or slope can be further changed using an optional attenuation/slope plug-in card. The signal distribution on both of the active RF outputs occurs through a corresponding plug-in card, thereby allowing the fibre node to be operated with up to four outputs. If only one RF output is required the second output path can be switched off via the hand-held unit, leading to significant reduction of fibre node power consumption. The stability of the output level can be achieved via an automatic control that evaluates either one or two pilot signals (from the correspond-ingly specified frequency range), available both as a CW carrier and as PAL or QAM modulated signals. The levelling of the compact fibre node may be done in a time-saving way and without the use of additional signal meters by selecting the function automatic levelling of the RF output level. For this function the pilot level values are adjusted and saved ex works. Only the required pilot level values need to be entered in the field, with the aid of the hand-held unit. The device then automatically adjusts itself to the correct values. On-site, the RF output signal of the fibre node can be tapped and checked at a test socket. The ORA 9222-1G can be equipped with an HMS or DOCSIS compliant monitoring transponder. When integrated into a network management system, fibre node alarms can be controlled and device parameters and functions set and monitored. When integrated into a network management system, fibre node alarms can be controlled and device parameters and functions set and monitored.

The integrated fibre management fixture allows convenient, secure accommodation of optical fibres and plugs, and in addition the fixing of any optical multiplexers/demultiplexers and splitters used. All local device settings are user-friendly and menu-controlled via the connectable hand-held unit (HTE 10).

Note : An ORD 9201/ORD 9202 receiver module, a OSR 900x transmitter module and a WFS 9xxx diplex filter set are required for operation. If configured with one output, one EBC 00-1G insert card per downstream path is required for the output insert position. These modules are not included in the delivery scope.

New features:


Higher accuracy across the entire level range Extended pilot area: 82.5 MHz ... 230 MHz for the lower pilot/420 MHz ... 870 MHz for the upper pilot Read-out of remote-feed voltage over monitoring system Read-out of remote-feed current per port over monitoring system Read-out of forward signal path channel level over the monitoring system (channel scan) Modular FTTC fibre node with new, flexible design Twin receiver and single return path transmitter with DC light control enable full redundancy and segmentation New, optional optical BIDI transceiver module saves costs (single fibre, integrated transmitter/receiver module) Automatic switch-over in case of signal interruption


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Advantages :

Return path:


One to four active high level outputs (trunk/distribution, two separate end stages) Full redundant operation possible in forward and return path Segmentation possible in both downstream and upstream One or two single or twin optical receiver modules pluggable (1 ... 4 receivers) One or two return path transmitters can be plugged for segmentation, interconnection or redundancy, see OSR 900x Innovative operational concept: using electronic tuning elements, set using the HTE 10 hand-held unit Electronically adjustable matrix in the forward and return path Internal optical interfaces and fibre management for full outdoor operation (protection class : IP 54) Optional integrated CWDM filter or splitter Pluggable diplex filter : 65/85 MHz or 85/105 MHz Plug-and-play due to combination of two control loops: DC light-controlled AGC and ALSC : N Two pilot scheme for level and slope


Return path frequency range: 5-200 MHz Input level range: 62 ... 85 dBV (OMI control loop level range) Electronically switchable return path matrix Redundant operation Return path segmentation Ingress Control Switch per return path

Optical receiver modules:


Two BIDI low cost transceiver modules One or two single or twin optical receiver modules pluggable (1 ... 4 receivers) Internal optical interfaces and fibre management for full outdoor operation (protection class: IP 54)

Return path transmitter modules:


Optical return path transmitter modules available in DFB/CWDM technology (C01 ... C18) Control loop for optical output power and a constant OMI

N Optical constant light control


Monitoring using DOCSIS transponder HMS or transponder Produces fibre identification code Output level up to 114 dBV per output (for two outputs) Latest GaAs-MMIC and GaN technology



Highly efficient switched power supply for remote powering: 30-72 VAC Remote feed current per output 7 A, Total: 20 A Die-cast housing with PG 11 connectors LED indicates operational mode Ingress Control Switch on each return path input Ingress test socket for each return path input (externally accessible) Numerous EMS functions Optical connectors: SC/APC or E-2000 Innovative operational concept: using electronic tuning elements, set using the HTE 10 hand-held unit

Power dissipation management :


Unused amplifier stages can be switched off Reduced power dissipation in stand-by mode

Second full foward path :


Trunk output (optionally usable as a second distribution output) Segmentation in the downstream Two active paths : Four outputs via splitter plug-in card EBC 90-1G Automatic levelling in the forward path Extremely low-noise receiver

Block diagram

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Technical data

Type | Order no. Operation with receiver module

Forward path Optical wave length Sensitivity of the photodiode Optical return loss Optical input level range, 1,310 nm/1,550 nm, nominal Max. optical input power (permanent) Nominal optical modulation index (OMI) Equivalent noise current density, input Frequency range Number of outputs (internally settable) Impedance Max. output level, per output (practical operation) 1,000 MHz, 2 outputs, trunk/distribution Max. output level, per output (practical operation) 1,000 MHz, 3 outputs, trunk/distribution Max. output level, per output (practical operation) 1,000 MHz, 3 outputs, trunk/distribution Output pre-emphasis 85-1,000 MHz Frequency response (total) Setting range lower pilot frequency/upper pilot frequency Pilot output level Maximum output level acc. to CENELEC 1), 1 output per active path CSO = 60 dB, CENELEC, 9 dB slope, with EBC 00-1G CTB = 60 dB, CENELEC, 9 dB slope, with EBC 00-1G Test socket (output) Return loss (at 85 MHz) Hum modulation ratio at 7 A per RF connection Return path (general): see also OSR 900x data Frequency range (dependent on the used diplex filters) Impedance Return loss Frequency response (total) Input level for OMI control loop 2) Hum modulation Ingress Control Switch Power supply Input voltage Mains frequency range Power consumption incl. an ORD 9201, 1/2 active outputs Power consumption fully equipped, 1/2 active outputs Remote feed current on the outputs Remote feed current feed-in (power passing) Temperature range

ORA 9222-1G | 24710088 ORD 9201/ORD 9202


nm A/W dB dBm dBm % pA/Hz MHz

1,271-1,611 0.85/0.95 > 45 -7 ... +2/-8 ... +1 +3 4.1 4 85-1,006 1 ... 4 With ORD 929x At 1,310/1,550 nm

dBV dBV dBV dB dB MHz dBV

75 1 x 95 ... 114/1 x 95 ... 114 1 x 95 ... 114/2 x 95 ... 110 2 x 95 ... 110/2 x 95 ... 110 0-12 1.8 82.5 ... 230/420 ... 870 85 ... 112

dBV dBV dB dB dB

116 116 -20 > 18 -1.0/Octave > 67

1 output 1 output

Min. 16 dB

MHz dB dB dBV dB dB

5 ... 200 75 18 1.5 62 ... 85 65 0/6/40


30-72 47-63 45/61 58 < 10 < 20 -20 ... +55


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Technical data

Type | Order no. Operation with receiver module

General Radiated interference power 5-30 MHz Radiated interference power 30-862 MHz RF connections (external) Ingress test sockets/broadband inputs (external) Dimensions (W x H x D) Weight Housing material Protection class acc. to DIN EN 60529 Over-voltage protection
Measurement conditions : output level 110 dBV, 9 dB pre-emphasis 3 dB lower for return path segmentation 3) 307 mm incl. hinges 4) With TVM 850/H; the value increases by approximately 2 W when TVM 1000 is used
1) 2)

ORA 9222-1G | 24710088 ORD 9201/ORD 9202


dBpW dBpW

< 27-20 < 20 PG 11 F-type sockets

mm kg

269 128 305 3.1 Aluminium diecast, varnished IP 54 Puls 2 kV; 1.2/50 s

All data are typical values unless stated otherwise.



ORD 9201 (24810307) : Optical single receiver module ORD 9202 (24810308) : Optical twin receiver module OSR 900x (24610xxx) : Return path transmitters +3 dBm and +6 dBm/CWDM with optical power and OMI control OTR 110 (24810309) : Transceiver Rx : 1,550 ... 1,560 nm, Tx: 1,310 nm FP OTR 111 (24810310) : Transceiver Rx : 1,540 ... 1,560 nm, Tx: 1,310 nm DFB OTR 118 (24810311) : Transceiver Rx : 1,550 ... 1,560 nm, Tx: 1,610 nm DFB OTR 119 (24810312) : Transceiver Rx : 1,250 ... 1,360 nm, Tx: 1,610 nm DFB HTE 10 (25010005) : Hand-held unit EBC 00-1G (24510119) : Null card (one output per active path), 1 GHz EBC 90-1G (24510113) : Splitters (two symmetrical outputs), 1 GHz EAC 93-1G (24510115) : Tap 2.5/6 dB, 1 GHz EAC 90-1G (24510116) : Tap (1.5/10 dB), 1 GHz EAC 94-1G (24510114) : Tap 0.8/20 dB, 1 GHz ERD 810 (24510110) : De-emphasis equaliser, 862 MHz ERD 813 (24510117) : Cable-equivalent de-emphasis 7 dB, 1 GHz


ERD 814 (24510120): De-emphasis equaliser/attenuator 6 dB, 1 GHz ERC 22 (24510085): C-line pre-emphasis equaliser, 862 MHz ERZ 940 (24510059): Cable-equivalent de-emphasis 7 dB, 862 MHz ERP 101 (24510128): Tap 2/6 dB, 3 dB de-emphasis OFC 90/SC (24810101): Optical patch cable SC/APC - SC/APC TVM 850/H (26210077): Monitoring transponder HMS (5-42 MHz), frequency-agile TVM 1000 (26210086): Monitoring transponder DOCSIS WFS 9065 (24510153): Diplex filter set 65/85 MHz (includes 2 x WFS 906, ERS 9085, ERR 9065) WFS 9085 (24510154): Diplex filter set 85/105 MHz (includes 2 x WFS 908, ERS 9105, ERR 9085) OKU 01/SC-E (24810099): Optical coupler SC/APC-E2000/APC OKU 01/SC (24810031): Optical coupler SC/APC OKU 01/E (24810100): Optical coupler E2000/APC OFC 90/SC (24810101): Optical patch cable, both ends SC/APC 8 OFC 90/SC-E (24810102): Optical patch cable, one plug SC/APC 8, the other E-2000 8

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The Topics

ANGA COM in Cologne New-Tech Exhibition in Tel Aviv NAB Show in Las Vegas Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Informtica in Cuba IBC 2013 in Amsterdam Broadcast & Cable SET in So Paulo Elmia Nordic Rail in Jnkping CommunicAsia/BroadcastAsia in Singapore CARAVAN-SALON in Dsseldorf

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ANGA COM in Cologne

Kathrein at Europes leading event for telecommunications and media

The ANGA COM exhibition and congress for broadband, cable and satellite (previously ANGA Cable) has been Europes leading business platform for broadband operators and content providers for over ten years. The exhibition and congress addresses network operators, manufacturers, service providers, content providers, consultants, authorities and other organisations of the telecommunications and media industry. The impressive figures speak for themselves : 450 exhibitors from 36 countries on 27,000 m exhibition space, over 17,000 professional visitors from 80 countries, and more than 1,700 congress attendees took part in the ANGA COM 2013, which took place in early June. This years key topics involved satellite reception, IPTV, Smart-TV, fibre-optic cable networks, video-on-demand and home networks. The Rosenheim antenna specialist Kathrein also took part in this years event, delighting visitors with a multitude of new products and system solutions from the world of multi-media. The Kathrein Group was represented by two stands, one of the parent company Kathrein and the other of the new subsidiary KATHREIN TechnoTrend. The combination of congress panels and a simultaneous trade ex-hibition has turned out to be a great mixture, underlined Erich Rock, Head of the Satellite Reception Systems business unit at Kathrein. In the course of the exhibition, we were able to hold many talks regarding new developments in consumer electronics and current trends such as home networks and optical signal distribution. The focus of the exhibits was placed on the new headend system UFOcompact plus, a number of components for optical signal transmission, SAT-IP, as well as next-generation HD and hybrid receivers. Alfons Haas, Head of Sales & Marketing for the Satellite Reception Systems business unit at Kathrein, emphasised the importance of this trade show: Our goal is to integrate unique features in our new developments which will provide our specialist dealers with substantial advantages in everyday life. Here in Cologne we have the opportunity to contact the majority of our key customers coming from companies, wholesalers and institutions personally. As the ANGA COM is a marketplace for network operators, manufacturers and content providers, it remains the sectors prime event for us as system suppliers. As far as future developments in the satellite reception sector is concerned, Erich Rock is optimistic: We have definitely reached the low point from which we will slowly be climbing back up again. The specialist trades primary goal should be to do business on the basis of service instead of dumping, and we will do everything we can to support them in this endeavour. Specialist dealers can thereby pass on their knowledge to customers and stand out from cheap competition.

Thomas Braun (right), President of the Association of German Cable Operators (ANGA Verband Deutscher Kabelnetzbetreiber e.V.), received information on the numerous innovations presented by Kathrein from the entrepreneur Anton Kathrein and Kathreins Head of Satellite Reception Systems business unit Erich Rock (left).


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New-Tech Exhibition in Tel Aviv

The first joint trade fair appearance with Aluma

This year was the first time that Kathrein worked together with Aluma at the New-Tech exhibition which was held on the 7th-8th May 2013 in Tel Aviv.

The Israeli telecommunications company Aluma took over the distribution of Kathrein products in February 2013. This fair offered a good opportunity to present the Kathrein product portfolio to the Israeli customers. At the stand, intensive discussions were held with customers about mobile and also broadcast communications. Since Israel is just about to auction off its LTE frequency bands for mobile communications, new antennas were in special demand, which could combine old existing networks with the new LTE network. Kathrein was able to score points especially with their great and future-proof portfolio of antennas and filter products. The New-Tech exhibition is the largest high-tech and

Pictured from left to right: Haim Baitel (Director of Engineering & Operations at Aluma), Dr. Rudolf Krtvelyessy (Manager KAM & Area Sales Manager, Mobile Communications System at Kathrein), Sarah Gngr (Sales Manager & Sales Engineering, Mobile Communications System at Kathrein) and Elior Arazi (Director of Marketing & Sales at Aluma).

electronics and electro-optics show in Israel. This year, about 150 national and international exhibitors attracted thousands of visitors. The Kathrein & Aluma stand was well attended and left no doubt that customer feedback in Israel is very positive.

NAB Show 2013 in Las Vegas

Kathrein at the worlds largest electronic media show

With over 90,000 attendees, the NAB Show in Las Vegas is the largest international meeting for the electronic media sector. This year over 1,500 exhibitors from 150 countries presented their latest products during the six-day exhibition.. A multitude of new products for radio and television broadcasting were presented to attendees from across the globe at Kathreins stand. The many international guests to Kathreins stand included high-ranking representatives of the Brazilian TV network TV Globo, one of the biggest TV broadcasters in the world. At the fair Kathrein was awarded the contract for the delivery of the broadcast antenna system for the newly built (2010) TV tower in Brasilia which had a three-year planning phase. For the first time in Brazil this broadband broadcasting system will allow up to seven major broadcasters to transmit their signals using one single common broadcast antenna on a transmitter tower. In the face of the upcoming major sports events like the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013, the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Summer Olympics 2016, Brazil has enormous demands on state-of-the-art technology. In the course of digitalisation inBrazil, Kathrein broadcast antennas will be used by the leading TV networks TV Globo, Rede Record, SBT and Bandeirantes. The organisation TV Globo is the largest Latin American TV network with 80 million viewers daily and the third largest network operator in the world.

Pictured from left to right: Georg Klauser (Broadcast antenna division director), Raul Faller (Managing director KATHREIN Mobilcom Brasil), Christian Harel (executive board member at Kathrein), Monica Chagas and Luiz Carlos Abraho (both of TV Globo), entrepreneur Anton Kathrein, Mario Lensing (OLIMPUS), Marcia Moreira and Frederico Pereira (both of TV GLOBO) and Guillermo Alvarez (Spinner).


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A multitude of potential customers stopped by the Kathrein stand at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Mobile World Congress 2013

Kathrein unveils penta-band antenna

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) was held in Barcelona for the ninth time. This year, the worlds largest mobile communications exhibition took place on a new, spacious 94,000 square meter exhibition area called Fira Gran Via. The topics that were focussed on at this years Mobile World Congress 2013 were smartphones und tablet PCs, Small Cells, Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). During the four-day exhibition in Barcelona, the Rosenheim antenna specialist Kathrein presented dual-band, triple-band and quad-band antennas, the worlds first pentaband antenna, LTE systems (Long Term Evolution a fourth generation mobile communications standard) and Small Cells for improved data transfer in mobile networks. The new base station design AIR (Antenna Integrated Radio), which was developed through collaboration between Kathrein and Ericsson, (leading provider of technologies and services for telecom operators) was still a topic at the Kathrein stand.

At this years Mobile World Congress. 72,000 visitors from 200 countries found out about the innovations in the field of mobile communications presented by 2,000 exhibitors. This mobile communications exhibition, which takes place annually, is a professional trade fair organised by the international network operator association GSMA (GSM Association).
Karsten Kretzschmar (Director Sales, Marketing & Customer Support, Mobile Communication Antennas at KATHREIN-Werke KG) with three visitors at Kathreins exhibition stand.


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Exhibition Informtica in Cuba

Cuban Minister of Telecommunications visits the Kathrein stand

This is already the third time that the Kathrein-Werke KG has presented at the trade show for computer science and telecommunications Informtica in Cuba.
At the joint stand of Kathrein and Fecom (from left to right): CEO of Kathrein-Werke KG Anton Kathrein, President of the FECOM SA Frederick Eisenhauer and Executive Director at Kathrein, Christian Harel.

The Informtica, which was organised in PABEXPO exhibition centre in Havana, is held every two years and is one of the most important trade fairs in Cuba. The aim of the fair is to show the professional people in the audience what is available and features innovations on offer in the field of computer science and telecommunications. It is used mainly by Cuban firms as an information portal, but also offers foreign companies the opportunity to showcase their products and to make contacts with potential customers in Cuba. 434 exhibitors took part in the Informtica 2013, there were participants from not only Cuba but also 13 other countries. As the only German company to attend, Kathrein-Werke KG was represented together with their Cuban daughter company FECOM SA. The Kathrein booth, which was both planned and implemented by the project team at Kathrein-Werke KG, stood out significantly from the other booths be-cause of its innovative design. Both the stand and its exhibits were judged very positively by customers and organisers. As a partner to Kathrein-Werke KG for projects in the field of broadcasting, Rohde & Schwarz also presented their products at the Kathrein stand. In addition to the specialists from the fields of broadcast and measuring instruments from Mexico, Robert Frhler, Managing Director of Rohde & Schwarz International Operations GmbH, was also present at the fair. The combined appearances of Kathrein-Werke KG with FECOM S.A. and Rohde & Schwarz perfectly matched the theme of Informtica this year, which was dedicated to digital television. It was not until late last year, it was decided to use the Chinese DTMB standard in Cuba. The Informtica 2013 was used as a kickoff event for digital television in Cuba. Anton Kathrein, CEO of Kathrein-Werke KG, welcomed the Cuban Minister of Telecommunications Maimir Mesa Ramos, his German trained Vice Minister Jorge Luis Perdomo Di-Lella and the director of the Cuban radio station Radio Cuba Ing. Justo G. Garca Moreno at the Kathrein booth. Anton Kathrein could delve further into the discussions, along with Christian Harel, Executive Director at Kathrein-Werke KG, about the positive relationships. At the Kathrein stand the Cuban customers andthe professional public also had the chance to speak to thespecialists from the HFC (Broadband communication systems) and Mobile departments at Kathrein, namely Peter Deidesheimer and Marco Vago. During the course of Informtica many potential projects for Kathrein were gained through numerous technical meetings with key customers in Cuba.

Important visitors at the Kathrein-Werke KG stand : Vice Minister of the Cuban telecommunications ministry (MIC) Jorge Luis Perdomo Di-Lella (centre) and General Director of Radio Cuba. Justo G. Moreno Garca (2nd from left). Also pictured: CEO Anton Kathrein of Kathrein-Werke KG (2nd from right), Executive Director at Kathrein Christian Harel (far left) and President of FECOM SA Frederick Eisenhauer (far right).

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Dr. Michael Weber, Head of Development at Kathrein, with guests from the company LS Telcom, Germany as well as Gerard Hessing and Anita Foppen of Kathreins sales office Hutronics in Holland, Anton Kathrein and product manager Christian Sautter (from left to right)

IBC 2013 in Amsterdam

Record fair opened up many promising prospects

The International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam has proven its outstanding importance for Kathrein once again: At this leading European trade fair for transmitting and receiving antenna techniques the Rosenheim antenna manufacturer could establish a number of valuable contacts. Over the five convention days (September 13th to 17th), the rush was greater than ever before at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam. Altogether a nearly 53,000 visitors came, which was four percent more than last year. At the Kathrein stand in Hall 8, many of the visitors were informed about technological new features and innovations from the antenna specialist. Being presented were compact and wideband UHF transmitting antennas specifically for DVB-T and DVB-T2 (HDTV) for television and DAB+ for radio broadcasting. The Kathrein engineers also explained the benefits of the latest headend technology (UFOcompact plus) and optical satellite distribution systems. The trade fair days were characterised by intensive discussions with potential customers. Discussions were primarily about building digital DVB-T2 transmission equipment for high-definition television and DAB+ stations. There could be promising projects, especially in African and Southeast Asian countries, summed up Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Niedhammer, Broadcasting Sales Manager at the Kathrein-Werke. This was the 16th time Kathrein was present at the IBC. It was also the first time that Anton Kathrein personally visited the Kathrein stand as boss of the company, on the succession of his late father who passed away last November. Many customers confirmed their satisfaction about the high quality of the products and services made by Kathrein in personal conversations with the company leader.

At the IBC, Kathrein sales manager for headend technology Oliver Mayr explained the advantages of the UFOcompact plus headend system.

Kathrein sales manager Wolfgang Niedhammer (left) and project manager Thomas Stolba (right) with guests from the Philippines at the Kathrein stand at IBC 2013 in Amsterdam.


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Broadcast & Cable SET 2013 in So Paulo

Kathrein at the industrys biggest Latin American meeting in Brazil

The SET Broadcast & Cable 2013 is the largest trade fair for television and broadcasting technology in South America. It took place again this year in So Paulo on the 20th - 22nd August.

The SET Broadcast & Cable 2013 is the largest trade fair for television and broadcasting technology in South America. It took place again this year in So Paulo on the 20th - 22nd August. Once again this year Kathrein, along with its Brazilian subsidiary Kathrein Mobilcom Brasil, took the opportunity to present a variety of specially developed products for the South American market. In addition to the Plug and Play superturnstile solutions that enable a fast and cost-effective transition to digital TV, there was a great special interest in the types of antenna panels with elliptical and slant polarisation that have vertical and horizontal power ratios. These types of polarisation are of special interest in some Latin American countries since there is a special emphasis put on mobile reception of TV programs there. The fact is that the South American broadcasting market is of greatest interest to Kathrein, and the fair coincided with the signing of contracts for the construction of a total of 15 broadcast antennas for digital TV in Colombia as well as for the realization of the DTV broadcast antenna in Brasilia.

Dr. Paul Mamok (left), Project Manager of Kathreins Broadcast Division and Mario Lensing (right), Project Engineer of Kathrein Mobilcom Brasil at the Broadcast & Cable SET in So Paulo.

Brazil is one of the most economically dynamic nations in the world and offers many opportunities for German high-tech providers. Major sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the summer Olympic Games 2016 further increase the need for state-of-the-art technology.

Nordic Rail in Jnkping

Focal point GSM-R network

Elmia Nordic Rail in Jnkping, Sweden is a very important trade fair for rail transport in Scandinavia. It is a bi-annual meeting point which draws in professionals connected with the railway industry. 293 exhibitors from 21 countries presented a wide range of new and innovative products to more than 4,100 trade visitors from Europe this year. Important topics about the railway industry were discussed at the conference connected with the fair. The exhibition provides trade visitors with an excellent platform to interact with colleagues and make new business contacts. Since 1998, the firm AB Intensa has been using Kathrein antennas for the Swedish GSM-R network. The Swedish customer has been trusting the outstanding quality of Kathrein 100 percent for years. The visitors were particularly interested in the base station antennas for the GSM-R, the digital radio system for trains, as well as in the locomotive antennas which were exhibited. The Swedish Kathrein sales team, AB Intensa, has been an exhibitor of professional wireless train and rail products at Nordic Rail since 2007; since 2009 the exhibition planning team from Rosenheim has also been supporting with the design of the stand.


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Anton Kathrein (1st left), Managing Director of KATHREINWerke KG and Christian Harel (2nd from right), member of the Executive Board of KATHREINWerke KG, with two visitors to the Kathrein stand both from the mobile operator Ooredoo Qatar.

CommunicAsia 2013 und BroadcastAsia 2013

Great interest in the Kathrein Multi System Antennas and Filter Products for LTE
Also this year, Kathrein-Werke KG was represented at the international trade fairs CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia in Singapore. Visitors to the stand were again successfully convinced of the pioneering Kathrein product range. This year at the international trade fair for digital multimedia and entertainment applications, the Broadcast Asia, provided information about their product innovations to 12,000 trade visitors and conference participants with 716 exhibitors from 45 countries. At this years CommunicAsia, which is considered the most important communications trade fair in Asia, there were 1,328 exhibitors from 49 countries over 35,000 trade visitors and conference participants. For Kathrein it was a great opportunity to meet a very large audience from the telecommunications industry. At the Kathrein stand mobile and radio antennas and filter products were on display. Of particular interest was a new penta-band base station antenna that combines five antennas in one housing. General topics of the exhibitors at the CommunicAsia made this year consisted of the new mobile radio standard LTE (Long Term Evolution), multi-system antennas to combine multiple wireless standards on an antenna, the integration of electronic components into the antenna and indoor antenna systems (Distributed Antenna Systems). CommunicAsia and Broadcast Asia were held at the same time as Kathrein Asia-Pacific Sales Conference.
Anton Kathrein (front row, centre) with participants of the Kathrein Asia-Pacific Sales Conference 2013

We want the sales conference to promote an active dialogue between the branch offices, partners and headquarters in Rosenheim and to allow us the possibility to intensify the joint optimal support of regional clients, said Kathrein Sales Director and Board Member, Christian Harel, during the event.


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CARAVAN SALON 2013 in Dsseldorf

Kathrein presents products for mobile satellite reception

The CARAVAN SALON in Dsseldorf is the worlds largest exhibition for mobile leisure products. Over the period of 10 days, 570 international exhibitors from 22 nations presented a total of 120 caravan and motor home brands and roughly 1,800 leisure vehicles in different price brackets in halls 9 to 17 of the Dsseldorf Exhibition Centre. Twenty years ago, the CARAVAN SALON relocated to Dsseldorf and since then the city has been hosting the leading fair for motor homes and caravans. Traditionally, Hall 13, where Kathrein also presented their mobile satellite reception products at a 48 m2 exhibition stand, has been exclusively used for technology concerning installations (electrical, climate control, energy, etc.), vehicle parts and accessories and antennas and systems for the reception of terrestrial and satellite signals. The visitors were not only able to get detailed information, but also had the opportunity to get hands-on experience and try out the exhibits. The main focuses at Kathreins exhibition stand were on the products for manual and fully-automatic satellite reception. Ever since the switch-over to digital, many users have had a lot of difficulty finding their satellite manually. Both the azimuth and the correct elevation of the satellite must be set. The trouble increases when the campers get impatient, for example, when they try to locate the ASTRA satellite 5 minutes before a football game starts. Here one can observe an increased wish for helpful aids such as the Sat finder. The problems experienced during the manual satellite search and the well thought-out concept of the HDZ 610 were some of the reasons why the presentations on the HDS 610 were so popular among visitors. The HDS 610, a Caravan Sat package, which consists of a UFS 946sw/CI+ HDTV receiver and a BAS 60 planar antenna with an integrated HDZ 60 inclinometer which allows exact setting (slope) of the planar antennas required elevation. The turntables for the types CAP 610, CAP 720 and CAP 910 were presented to better illustrate fully-automatic satellite searches. Each of the three CAP systems were operated using the receiver UFS 940sw. After the receiver is switched on, the last satellite position is approached; as long as there is no signal, the turntable will first search in a small search window. If the search was not successful, it is presumed that the location has been changed and the system will automatically start a 360 search. To shorten the search time, before the search is started one can enter ones own location using GPS coordinates or select ones city from a pre-set list. The receiver then calculates the position of the desired satellite and begins the satellite search with the correct elevation so that the satellite will be found during the first 360 rotation as long as the motor home is parked horizontally. All turntables are equipped with an integrated control unit. The receiver is only connected to the turntable through a single coaxial cable over which the satellite signal is transmitted. Control over commands is also performed over this coaxial cable (12 Volt on receiver and turntable required), an additional control lead is not needed.


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The Topic

A successful rally season 2013 for the Kathrein Race and Rally team



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Double championship

A successful 2013 rally season for the Kathrein Race and Rally Team
For more than four decades Kathrein has been involved as a sponsor in various motor sport disciplines. This has been very successful : at national and international level, numerous Kathrein teams have won many titles and top ranking. Especially in the area of car rally racing the Kathrein Race and Rally team is a guarantee for sporting success. It is known as being the best German private team and is recognised as being the greatest successful example in Rally Sport in Germany. The 28th AMTK Velenje rally heralded the fourth round of this years Mitropa Rally Cup at the beginning of June 2013. Hermann Ganer and Karin Thannhuser from the Kathrein Race and Rally team drove along with 73 other teams to Velenje in North eastern Slovenia, to try and get as many points as possible in this Central European championship. The result was extremely close. Overall winner and local hero Alex Humar won with a gap of only 2.9 seconds, just behind came Darko Peljhan and in overall third came Hermann Ganer. After four of eight events Ganer had 247 points in total and was at the top of the leader board just in front of Manuel Kler (182 points) and female teammate Asja Zupanc (179 points). Just a week later Ganer/Brock drove the North Rhine-Westphalia Stemweder Berg rally. After a turbulent event, in which Ganer and Boisen again and again alternated at the top, Ganer/Brock nosed out by 11.9 seconds. Kathrein pilot Florian Stix returned and got used to his work horse after two months abstinence and fought his way with a brilliant sprint finish to second place in the division.

After four of six races of the ADAC Rallye Masters championship of 2013, Ganer had four overall wins and the maximum possible 160 points and sat confidently on top of the table. In third place with 85 points was Ganers 24-year-old teammate Florian Stix.


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In early July the Scuderia-KATHREIN team split up due to scheduling conflicts. Herman Ganer had won the four previous rounds of the ADAC Rallye Masters and therefore could take it easy in Tuscany without risking or jeopardising the top spot in the Mitropa Rally Cup. Important points for the ADAC Rallye Masters were also within grasp at the same rally in Lower Saxony around Osterode. There Florian Stix held up the team flags. Through the passenger navigation of Harald Brock, they succeeded and both deserved their podium places : This was a division victory and they took third place in the overall standings. At the end of the International Rally Cup run (IRC) through the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, father and son Ganer stood together on the podium. At the 33rd Rally del Casentino (Bibbiena) two of the Scuderia-KATHREIN teams both driving Mitsubishi Evo 10s were in the midst of a top class starting field. They consisted of Hermann Ganer Jr. and Ursula Mayrhofer in team one and the second team of Hermann Ganer and Karin Thannhuser. At the end, the younger of the two Ganers in the class was clearly ahead. The table was now led confidently by Hermann Ganer with 283 points, having completed five of eight events. In mid-August, the two Scuderia-KATHREIN teams went to the German World Championship race in Trier to compete with the worlds elite. The ADAC Rallye Germany started this year in front of the imposing backdrop of the Cologne Cathedral for the first time. After four days, the total of 1,243 kilometres and 16 special stages over 371 kilometres, Hermann Ganer Jr. and his co-driver Ursula Mayrhofer triumphed and drove as deserving winners of their division over the finish ramp at the

historic Porta Nigra in Trier. Second place went to his father Hermann Ganer and Karin Thannhuser. This double victory in the division and place 20 or 21 in the overall standings are absolute top rankings in a World Championship event. Then Ganer/Thannhuser started at the 49th Rally del Friuli in Udine, better known under the name of Alpi ORIENTALI. Around Cividale there were more important points for the Mitropa Rally Cup 2013. Amidst the Italian Rally elite, the successful Mitsubishi pilots won the group N series and also won the Mitropa Cup. With 340 points Ganer/Thannhuser had accumulated it would be hard not to win the central European Championship. Then after, they met the German rally elite at the Baltic Sea

resort of Grmitz, which included the three Kathrein teams in the final run-up to the ADAC Rallye masters. The planned schedule was that Ganer/Brock should enter the ADAC Rallye masters for the fifth time and for the fifth time win it again. At first, Hermann Ganer Jr. captured the lead with his Austrian female co-driver Mayrhofer in the R4 version of the Mitsubishi Evo X. They were followed by the previous year winners Jan Becker/Bianca Hutzfeld in the Subaru Impreza WRX, closely followed behind by the duo of Ganer/Brock. This changed dramatically in the following course, which to make things worse offered a large proportion of gravel. The starter who was not paying close attention let a slower 2WD car out on the course before the 4WD Mitsubishi of Hermann Ganer.


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In the dust, it took an endlessly long time until the opportunity to overtake arrived. Ganer could no longer make up this considerable loss of time. Ganer Jr. also had bad luck, because the trailing arms at the rear axle broke; this usually means a premature end. But Ganer Jr. saved the car with an emergency repair at the special stage in the service. The overall win of the 6th ADAC Baltic Rally went to Becker/Hutzfeld. Ganer/ Brock and Ganer Jr./Mayrhofer completed with second and third place on the podium. Florian Stix led with passenger Mike Bonhage from the start in this division, managing to give himself the best 25th birthday present ever. With the division victory and fifth place overall, he was now actually in second place at the special stage in the current table ranking. At the end of September, the 10th round of the European Rally Championship (ERC) took place. This was held where many people choose to spend their holidays. Start and finish of the 40th Croatia Rally was in Porec, one of the most popular summer resorts in Croatia. 60 cars from the international rally scene

were on the star-studded entry list and included Hermann Ganer/Karin Thannhuser and his son Ganer Jr. and his codriver Ursula Mayrhofer. The outdoor conditions were extremely challenging due to the weather conditions and also because of the ever-changing grip on the Croatian asphalt. Initially Andreas Aigner, the Austrian Subaru pilot, and the Kathrein pilot Hermann Ganer Jr. fought for first place. After the Czech Skoda pilot and later ERC champion Jan Kopecky took the lead and pulled away, there was a head-to-head race for second place between Aigner and Ganer Jr. Next filling second place came the Kathrein team of Ganer/Thannhuser who struggled at the beginning because of an incorrect tyre choice. Later still a puncture and a defective turbocharger were added to their problems, so much so that the ERC for them came to a premature and disappointing end. Hermann Ganer Jr. came to a 0.7 seconds gap within reach of second placed Aigner. Then Ganer took a gamble on his tyres and this caused Aigner to take the lead. Nevertheless he successfully defended the third position overall at the finish.


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Gradually the rally season heated up. On the first weekend of October 2013 Hermann Ganer and Florian Stix drove to the first final round of the ADAC Rallye Masters at Heidenheim on the Brenz. On the ultra-fast asphalt testing stage of the ADAC Baden-Wrttemberg rally, both teams had no chance against the Porsche GT3 driven by Le Mans winner and ADAC motor sportsman of the year 2010, Timo Bernhard. Ganer/Brock wanted to secure masters points and took significant risks. Another step towards the Championship was taken with the second overall and they gained 30 points. Florian Stix fetched Elke Irlacher onto the passenger seat and also took a quick squint towards the championship. Long-time rival and local favourite Rainer Noller, took advantage of his home advantage in Baden-Wrttemberg and pushed Florian Stix to second division and fourth position overall. Every year in October a now eagerly anticipated stage of the ADMV Lausitz rally starts in Germanys biggest sandpit.

Around Boxberg, in the coal mining area of Upper Lusatia, this time the decision was made to have eleven challenging gravel stages. This year too, Hermann Ganer and his son Ganer Jr. had to deal with very strong guest competitors from other European countries. After nearly 167 of the fastest kilometres, the Norwegians Anders Grndal/Roger Eilertsen (Subaru Impreza N16) prevailed

against the Latvians Janis Vorobjovs/Arthur Zeibe (Mitsubishi Evo X). The third and final podium place was secured by the German Rally Champion of 2009, Hermann Ganer Jr. and he was the best German pilot. His father Hermann Ganer was underway in a Mitsubishi Evo 8 (Division Seven), and rejoiced after just


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taking the fifth position overall and also a division win with co-driver Karin Thannhuser. On the 25th and 26th October came the decision making finale. The main point of this 50th ADAC 3 City Rally was to prove who would be the winner of the ADAC Rallye Masters and Mitropa Rally cup for 2013. Ultimately it only took a short time to realise and celebrate the threefold double win for the KATHREIN Race and Rally team. Hermann Ganer Jr. and Ursula Mayrhofer won the Jubilee Edition of the three cities rally. Close behind came his father Hermann Ganer and co-driver Karin Thannhuser in overall

second position. At the same time, the KATHREIN team in the cast of Ganer/Thannhuser won the Mitropa rally Cup 2013 just beating team mates Asja Zupanc and Blanka Kacin. The winners of the ADAC Rallye Masters 2013 were Hermann Ganer/Harald Brock, and celebrations for the second place and the Division victory go to Kathrein pilot Florian Stix. With these two championships having been won and moreover in a double, this brought one of the most successful rally seasons to an end. All photos of this article: RB Hahn

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