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PUBLICATION NUMBER: 10515-0120-4200

MARCH 2002
Rev. B

Antennas

RF-1912E/T
ANTENNAS

INSTALLATION/DEPLOYMENT
MANUAL

next level solutions

The material contained herein is subject to U.S. export approval.


No export or re-export is permitted without written approval from the U.S. Government.
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY
HARRIS CORPORATION (RF COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION)

FROM HARRIS TO YOU – This warranty is extended to the original buyer and applies to all Harris Corporation, RF
Communications Division equipment purchased and employed for the service normally intended, except those products
specifically excluded.

WHAT WE WILL DO – If your Harris Corporation, RF Communications Division equipment purchased from us for use outside the
United States fails in normal use because of a defect in workmanship or materials within one year from the date of shipment, we
will repair or replace (at our option) the equipment or part without charge to you, at our factory. If the product was purchased for
use in the United States, we will repair or replace (at our option) the equipment or part without charge to you at our Authorized Repair
Center or factory.

WHAT YOU MUST DO – You must notify us promptly of a defect within one year from date of shipment. Assuming that Harris
concurs that the complaint is valid, and is unable to correct the problem without having the equipment shipped to Harris:

• Customers with equipment purchased for use outside the United States will be supplied with information for the return
of the defective equipment or part to our factory in Rochester, NY, U.S.A., for repair or replacement. You must prepay
all transportation, insurance, duty and customs charges. We will pay for return to you of the repaired/replaced equipment
or part, C.I.F. destination; you must pay any duty, taxes or customs charges.

• Customers with equipment purchased for use in the United States must obtain a Return Authorization Number, properly
pack, insure, prepay the shipping charges and ship the defective equipment or part to our factory or to the Authorized
Warranty Repair Center indicated by us.

Harris Corporation Telephone: (585) 244-5830


RF Communications Division Fax: 585-242-4755
Customer Service http://www.harris.com
1680 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610, U.S.A.

Harris will repair or replace the defective equipment or part and pay for its return to you, provided the repair or replacement is due
to a cause covered by this warranty.

WHAT IS NOT COVERED – We regret that we cannot be responsible for:

• Defects or failures caused by buyer or user abuse or misuse.

• Defects or failures caused by unauthorized attempts to repair or alter the equipment in any way.

• Consequential damages incurred by a buyer or user from any cause whatsoever, including, but not limited to
transportation, non-Harris repair or service costs, downtime costs, costs for substituting equipment or loss of anticipated
profits or revenue.

• The performance of the equipment when used in combination with equipment not purchased from Harris.

• HARRIS MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES BEYOND THE EXPRESS WARRANTY AS CONTAINED HEREIN. ALL
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR MERCHANTABILITY ARE
EXCLUDED.

SERVICE WARRANTY – Any repair service performed by Harris under this limited warranty is warranted to be free from defects
in material or workmanship for sixty days from date of repair. All terms and exclusions of this limited warranty apply to the service
warranty.

IMPORTANT – Customers who purchased equipment for use in the United States must obtain a Return Authorization Number
before shipping the defective equipment to us. Failure to obtain a Return Authorization Number before shipment may result in a
delay in the repair/replacement and return of your equipment.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS – Concerning this warranty or equipment sales or services, please contact our Customer Service
Department.
PUBLICATION NUMBER: 10515-0120-4200
MARCH 2002
Rev. B

RF-1912E/T
ANTENNAS

The material contained herein is subject to U.S. export approval. No export or


re-export is permitted without written approval from the U.S. Government.

Information and descriptions contained herein are the property of Harris Corporation. Such information
and descriptions may not be copied or reproduced by any means, or disseminated or distributed without
the express prior written permission of Harris Corporation, RF Communications Division, 1680 University
Avenue, Rochester, New York 14610-1887.

Copyright  2002
By Harris Corporation
All Rights Reserved

HARRIS CORPORATION RF COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION


1680 University Avenue Rochester, New York 14610-1887 USA
Tel: 585-244-5830. Fax: 585-242-4755. http://www.harris.com
RF-1912E/T

When an Adult Stops Breathing


WARNING
DO NOT attempt to perform the rescue breathing techniques provided
on this page, unless certified. Performance of these techniques by
uncertified personnel could result in further injury or death to the victim.

1 Does the Person


Respond?
G Tap or gently shake
2 Shout, “Help!”
G Call people who can
victim. phone for help.
G Shout, “Are you OK?”

3 Roll Person
Onto Back
G Roll victim toward you
by pulling slowly.

4 Open Airway
G Tilt head back and lift
5 Check for
Breathing
G Look, listen, and feel
chin. for breathing for
3 to 5 seconds.

6G
Give 2 Full
Breaths
Keep head tilted back.
G Pinch nose shut.
G Seal your lips tight
around victim’s mouth.
G Give 2 full breaths for
1 to 1-1/2 seconds each.

7 Check for Pulse


at Side of Neck
G Feel for pulse for
8 Phone
for Help
G Send someone to call
5 to 10 seconds. an ambulance.

9G
Begin Rescue
Breathing
Keep head tilted back.
10 Recheck Pulse
Every Minute
G Keep head tilted back.
G Lift chin. G Feel for pulse for
G Pinch nose shut. 5 to 10 seconds.
G Give 1 full breath G If victim has pulse but is
every 5 seconds. not breathing, continue
G Look, listen, and feel for rescue breathing. If no
breathing between breaths. pulse, begin CPR.

For more information about these and other life–saving techniques, contact your Red Cross chapter for training.
“When Breathing Stops” reproduced with permission from an American Red Cross Poster.
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CHAPTER 1 – GENERAL INFORMATION

1.1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1


1.2 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
1.3 MAINTENANCE LEVELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
1.4 WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
1.5 GENERAL ANTENNA DESCRIPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
1.5.1 RF-1912E-AT001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
1.5.2 RF-1912T-AT001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
1.5.3 RF-1912T-AT002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
1.6 RECOMMENDED TOOLS AND MATERIALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
1.7 LIST OF MANUFACTURERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6

CHAPTER 2 – UNPACKING/PARTS LISTS

2.1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1


2.2 UNPACKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
2.3 REPACKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
2.4 PARTS LISTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
2.4.1 RF-1912E-AT001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
2.4.2 RF-1912T-AT001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
2.4.3 RF-1912T-AT002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17

CHAPTER 3 – SITE SELECTION

3.1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1


3.2 SITE CONSIDERATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
3.3 SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
3.4 RF RADIATION HAZARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
3.5 SITE LAYOUT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4

CHAPTER 4 – RF-1912E DEPLOYMENT

4.1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1


4.2 RECOMMENDED TOOLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
4.3 PREDEPLOYMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
4.3.1 Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
4.3.2 Site Preparation and Antenna Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
4.4 DEPLOYMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
4.4.1 Unwind MP2 Top Dipole Element and MP3 Bottom Dipole
Element Assemblies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
4.4.2 Unwind MP1 Feedline Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
4.4.3 Connect Dipole Elements to MP1 Feedline Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
4.4.4 Install Halyards (Typical Use of Composite Rope) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
4.4.5 Hoist Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
4.4.6 Connect MP1 Feedline Assembly to Coupler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8

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CHAPTER 5 – RF-1912T DEPLOYMENT


5.1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1
5.2 RECOMMENDED TOOLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
5.3 PREDEPLOYMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
5.3.1 Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
5.3.2 Site Preparation and Antenna Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
5.4 DEPLOYMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
5.4.1 Install Point A Ground Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
5.4.2 Assemble Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
5.4.3 Install Mast Base Plates and Point B Ground Stakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
5.4.4 Assemble Masts on Ground and Attach Point B Guy Ropes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
5.4.5 Raise Masts and Attach Point A Guy Ropes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
5.4.6 Attach and Hoist Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
5.4.7 Connect MP1 Feedline Assembly to Coupler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
CHAPTER 6 – COUPLER CONNECTIONS
6.1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
6.1.1 Antenna Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
6.1.1.1 RF-1912 as a Horizontally Polarized Fan Dipole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
6.1.1.2 RF-1912 as a Vertically Polarized Top-Loaded Monopole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
6.1.2 Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
6.2 RECOMMENDED TOOLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
6.3 COUPLER CONNECTION KITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
6.4 PREINSTALLATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
6.4.1 Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
6.4.2 Preparation of RF-382 Antenna Coupler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
6.5 COUPLER CONNECTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
6.5.1 Replace Coupler Feedline for RF-2601 Antenna Coupler Only . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
6.5.2 Mechanical Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
6.5.2.1 RF-382 Antenna Coupler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
6.5.2.2 RF-2601 Antenna Coupler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
6.5.3 Electrical Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-14
6.5.3.1 Horizontally Polarized Fan Dipole Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-14
6.5.3.2 Vertically Polarized Top-Loaded Monopole Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-15
CHAPTER 7 – GROUND SYSTEM INSTALLATION
7.1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
7.1.1 Ground Radials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
7.1.2 Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2
7.2 RECOMMENDED TOOLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
7.3 GROUND SYSTEM INSTALLATION KITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
7.4 PRIOR TO INSTALLATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
7.4.1 RF-1912 Ancillary Kits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
7.4.2 Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4
7.5 GROUND SYSTEM INSTALLATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4

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CHAPTER 7 – GROUND SYSTEM INSTALLATION – Continued


7.5.1 Ground Rod Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4
7.5.2 Ground Radials Installation (If Required) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-7
7.5.3 Soil Treatment (If Required) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-7
CHAPTER 8 – DISASSEMBLY/STOWAGE
8.1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1
8.2 RF-1912T ANTENNA DISASSEMBLY AND STOWAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1
8.3 RF-1912E ANTENNA DISASSEMBLY AND STOWAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2
8.4 WIND FAN DIPOLE RADIATOR ASSEMBLY ON ITS WINDER . . . . . . . . . . . 8-3
8.4.1 Rewind Element Assemblies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-3
8.4.2 Rewind Feedline Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-3
APPENDIX A

APPENDIX B

LIST OF FIGURES
Figure Page
1-1 RF-1912 Antennas
2-1 A1 RF-1912E-AT001 Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly (6906-3100-03) . . . . . . 2-5
2-2 MP3 RF-1912E-AT001/RF-382 Bracket Kit Contents (6906-3115-01) . . . . . . 2-7
2-3 MP4 RF-1912E-AT001 Spares Kit Contents (6906-3130-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
2-4 MP4MP3 RF-1912E-AT001 Miscellaneous Hardware Spares
(6906-3131-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
2-5 MP4MP4 RF-1912E-AT001 Dipole Element Repair Kit Contents
(6906-3133-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
2-6 MP1 RF-1912T-AT001 Mast Bag Contents (6906-3410-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
2-7 MP2 RF-1912T-AT001 Auxiliary Bag Contents (6906-3420-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
2-8 MP11 RF-1912T-AT001 Ground Ancillary Kit Contents (6906-3436-01) . . . . . 2-16
2-9 MP12 RF-1912T-AT001 Spares Kit Contents (6906-3117-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
3-1 Minimum Safe Distances from HF Radiation Hazard (Feet) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
3-2 Minimum Safe Distances from HF Radiation Hazard (Meters) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
3-3 Site Layout with Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
3-4 Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly Details with Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
4-1 Winder and Antenna Component Locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
4-2 Top Isolator Connection Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
5-1 Mast Base Plate and GroundStake Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5
5-2 Mast Assembled and Lying on the Ground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
5-3 Guy Rope Attachment to Ground Stake’s Carabiner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
5-4 Raising a Mast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
5-5 Raised Mast with Guy Rope/Tensioner Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
6-1 Example of Ground Radials Used with Whip Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
6-2 Removal of RF-382 Antenna Coupler Feet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5

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Figure Page
6-3 Installation of RF-1912/RF-382 Bracket kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
6-4 RF-2601 Feedline Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
6-5 RF-382 Connections – Horizontally Polarized Fan Dipole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-10
6-6 RF-382 Connections – Vertically Polarized Top-Loaded Monopole . . . . . . . . . 6-11
6-7 RF-2601 Connections – Horizontally Polarized Fan Dipole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12
6-8 RF-2601 Connections – Vertically Polarized Top-Loaded Monopole . . . . . . . . 6-13
7-1 Ground Rod Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6
7-2 Ground Radials Installed (Top View) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
8-1 Winding of Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5

LIST OF TABLES
Table Page
1-1 RF-1912 Antenna Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
1-2 Recommended Tools and Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
1-3 List of Manufacturers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
2-1 RF-1912E-AT001 Antenna Parts List (RF-1912E-AT001) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
2-2 A1 RF-1912E-AT001 Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly Parts List
(6906-3100-03) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
2-3 MP3 RF-1912E-AT001/RF-382 Bracket Kit Parts List (6906-3115-01) . . . . . . 2-2
2-4 MP4 RF-1912E-AT001 Spares Kit Parts List (6906-3130-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
2-5 MP4MP3 RF-1912E-AT001 Miscellaneous Hardware Spares Parts List
(6906-3131-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
2-6 MP4MP4 RF-1912E-AT001 Dipole Element Repair Kit Parts List
(6906-3133-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
2-7 RF-1912T-AT001 Antenna Parts List (RF-1912T-AT001) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
2-8 MP1 RF-1912T-AT001 Mast Bag Parts List (6906-3410-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
2-9 MP2 RF-1912T-AT001 Auxiliary Bag Parts List (6906-3420-01) . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
2-10 MP9 RF-1912T-AT001 Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly Parts List
(6906-3100-03) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
2-11 MP10 RF-1912T-AT001/RF-382 Bracket Kit Parts List (6906-3115-01) . . . . . 2-15
2-12 MP11 RF-1912T-AT001 Ground Ancillary Kit Parts List (6906-3436-01) . . . . 2-15
2-13 MP12 RF-1912T-AT001 Spares Kit Parts List (6906-3117-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
2-14 MP12MP6 RF-1912T-AT001 Miscellaneous Hardware Spares Parts List
(6906-3131-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
2-15 MP12MP7 RF-1912T-AT001 Dipole Element Repair Kit Parts List
(6906-3133-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
2-16 RF-1912T-AT002 Antenna Parts List (RF-1912T-AT002) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
2-17 MP1 RF-1912T-AT002 Mast Bag Parts List (6906-3410-02) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
2-18 MP2 RF-1912T-AT002 Auxiliary Bag Parts List (6906-3420-02) . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
2-19 MP9 RF-1912T-AT002 Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly Parts List
(6906-3100-03) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
2-20 MP10 RF-1912T-AT002/RF-382 Bracket Kit Parts List (6906-3115-01) . . . . . 2-19
2-21 MP11 RF-1912T-AT002 Ground Ancillary Kit Parts List (6906-3436-01) . . . . 2-19
2-22 MP12 RF-1912T-AT002 Spares Kit Parts List (6906-3117-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
2-23 MP12MP6 RF-1912T-AT002 Misc Hardware Spares Parts List
(6906-3131-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20

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LIST OF TABLES – Continued


Table Page
2-24 MP12MP7 RF-1912T-AT002 Dipole Element Repair Kit Parts List
(6906-3133-01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
4-1 Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
5-1 Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
6-1 Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
6-2 Coupler Ancillary Kits Required . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
7-1 Recommended Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
7-2 Coupler Ancillary Kits Required . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3

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SAFETY SUMMARY

1. INTRODUCTION
All operators and maintenance personnel must observe the following safety precautions during operation and
maintenance of this equipment. Specific warnings and cautions are provided in the manual and at the end of this
Safety Summary. Warnings, Cautions, and Notes appear before various steps in the manual and will be used as
follows:

• WARNING – Used when injury or death to personnel and damage to equipment is possible

• CAUTION – Used when there is a possibility of damage to equipment

• NOTE – Used to alert personnel to a condition that requires emphasis

2. PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT SAFETY


Basic safety precautions consider factors involved in protecting personnel from injury or death. Electrical,
mechanical, electromagnetic radiation (EMR), material, or chemical hazards are the most common types of
hazards found in electronic equipment. The following are types of hazards that may exist:
ELECTRICAL – Hazardous voltage and current levels may exist throughout the equipment. Contact
with these hazards could cause electrocution, electrical shock, burns, or injury due to
involuntary reflexes of the body.
MECHANICAL – Mechanical hazards are created when heavy assemblies and components must be
removed and replaced. Moving parts (such as fan blades) and hot surfaces are
potential mechanical hazards.
THERMAL – Burn hazards may exist in the equipment that could cause personal injuries and/or
serious equipment damage. Internal surfaces of the equipment may be in excess of
65°C, the point at which personnel could be burned. Extreme caution should be used
when working with any hot assemblies (for example, power supply or power amplifier
assemblies). Physical injury or damage may result to personnel and/or equipment as a
result of a reflex action to a burn.
CHEMICAL – Chemicals or materials used for servicing the equipment may present potential
hazards. Many chemical agents, such as cleaners and solvents, may be toxic, volatile,
or flammable. If used incorrectly, these agents can cause injury or death.
EMR – Overexposure to electromagnetic radiation resulting from amplified radio frequencies
that may produce a health hazard.
3. OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE SAFETY GUIDELINES
Good safety discipline is critical to prevent injury to personnel. All other safety measures are useless if personnel
do not observe the safety precautions and do not follow safety disciplines. Once aware of a hazard, personnel
should ensure that all other personnel are aware of the hazard. The following basic safety disciplines are stressed:
a. Read a procedure entirely before performing it. Personnel must always perform each assigned task in a
safe manner.
b. Prior to applying equipment power after maintenance, personnel must ensure that all unsecured hand
tools and test equipment are disconnected from the serviced/maintained equipment and properly stored.

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c. Power to the equipment must be removed before a piece of equipment is removed.

d. Extreme care must be used when adjusting or working on operating equipment. Voltages in excess of
70 V or current sources in excess of 25 A are covered with barriers. Barriers include warning information
about the hazard encountered upon barrier removal.

e. Personnel must react when someone is being electrically shocked. Perform the following steps:

1. Shut off power.

2. Call for help.

3. Administer first aid if qualified.

Under no circumstances should a person come directly in contact with the body unless the power has
been removed. When immediate removal of the power is not possible, personnel must use a
non-conductive material to try to jolt or pry the body away from the point of shock.

f. Personnel should work with one hand whenever possible to prevent electrical current from passing
through vital organs of the body. In addition, personnel must never work alone. Someone must be
available in the immediate area to render emergency first aid, if necessary.

g. Lifting can cause injury. Items weighing more than 37 pounds must be lifted by two or more people.

h. Some electrolytic capacitors contain aluminum oxide or tantalum. If connected incorrectly, the capacitor
will explode when power is applied. Extreme care must be used when replacing and connecting these
capacitors. The capacitor terminals must always be connected using the correct polarity: positive to
positive and negative to negative.

The next section contains general safety precautions not directly related to specific procedures or equipment.
These precautions are oriented toward the maintenance technician. However, all personnel must understand and
apply these precautions during the many phases of operation and maintenance of the equipment. The following
precautions must be observed:

DO NOT SERVICE EQUIPMENT ALONE


Never work on electrical equipment unless another person familiar with the operation and hazards of the
equipment is near. When the maintenance technician is aided by operators, ensure that operators are aware of
the hazards.

GROUNDING
Always ensure that all equipment and assemblies are properly grounded when operating or servicing.

TURN OFF POWER AND GROUND CAPACITORS


Whenever possible, power to equipment should be turned off before beginning work on the equipment. Be
sure to ground all capacitors that are potentially dangerous.

KEEP AWAY FROM LIVE CIRCUITS


Operators and maintainers must observe all safety regulations at all times. Do not change components or
make adjustments inside equipment with a high voltage supply on unless required by the procedure. Under
certain conditions, dangerous potentials may exist in circuits with power controls off, due to charges retained
by capacitors.

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DO NOT BYPASS INTERLOCKS


Do not bypass any interlocks unnecessarily. If it is necessary to employ an interlock bypass for equipment
servicing, use extreme care not to come in contact with hazardous voltages.

USE CARE HANDLING HEAVY EQUIPMENT


Never attempt to lift large assemblies or equipment without knowing their weight. Use enough personnel or a
mechanical lifting device to properly handle the item without causing personal injury.

HEED WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS


Specific warnings and cautions are provided to ensure the safety and protection of personnel and equipment.
Be familiar with and strictly follow all warnings and cautions on the equipment and in technical manuals.

PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR
All personnel must wear protective eyewear when servicing or maintaining equipment. Protective eyewear
must be worn at all times when using tools.

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RF-1912E/T
ANTENNAS
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Figure 1-1. RF-1912 Antennas


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GENERAL INFORMATION

CHAPTER 1

GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1 INTRODUCTION
This manual provides operators and technicians with all information required for deployment and maintenance of
the RF-1912 Series Antennas. Detailed information that will be useful is provided: installation/deployment,
specifications, maintenance, and required tools. Chapters of this manual are organized as follows:

• Chapter 1 – General Information

• Chapter 2 – Unpacking/Parts Lists

• Chapter 3 – Site Selection

• Chapter 4 – RF-1912E Deployment

• Chapter 5 – RF-1912T Deployment

• Chapter 6 – Coupler Connections

• Chapter 7 – Ground System Installation

• Chapter 8 – Disassembly/Stowage

• Appendix A – Specifications

• Appendix B – References
1.2 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
All safety precautions necessary for the protection of personnel and the equipment are cross-referenced here. The
WARNING or CAUTION is referenced to the paragraph number where it is used in the manual, and a brief
subject phrase indicating the content is provided. It is recommended that these items be read in their entirety
before performing the referenced procedure. References are as follows:

• WARNING – Paragraph 4.1 – Read and understand the supplied documentation.

• WARNING – Paragraph 4.1 – Two people are recommended to deploy an RF-1912.

• WARNING – Paragraph 4.1 – Failure to use safety goggles could cause eye injury.

• WARNING – Paragraph 4.1 – Failure to use hard hat could cause head/brain injury.

• WARNING – Paragraph 4.1 – Climbing masts could cause injury or death.

• WARNING – Paragraph 4.1 – Do not climb towers without proper gear.

• WARNING – Paragraph 4.1 – Do not touch electrical lines with the any antenna part.

• WARNING – Paragraph 4.1 – Do not erect antenna during electrical storm.

• WARNING – Paragraph 4.1 – Install adequate grounding.

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• CAUTION – Paragraph 4.4.4 – Be careful not to apply too much heat to the rope ends.

• CAUTION – Paragraph 4.4.5 – Leave some slack in the element assemblies.

• CAUTION – Paragraph 4.4.5 – Do not allow the elements to become entangled.

• WARNING – Paragraph 5.1 – Read and understand the supplied documentation.

• WARNING – Paragraph 5.1 – Two people are recommended to deploy an RF-1912.

• WARNING – Paragraph 5.1 – Failure to use safety goggles could cause eye injury.

• WARNING – Paragraph 5.1 – Failure to use hard hat could cause head/brain injury.

• WARNING – Paragraph 5.1 – Climbing masts could cause injury or death.

• WARNING – Paragraph 5.1 – Do not touch electrical lines with the any antenna part.

• WARNING – Paragraph 5.1 – Do not erect antenna during electrical storm.

• WARNING – Paragraph 5.1 – Install adequate grounding.

• CAUTION – Paragraph 5.4.5 – Do not pull the guy ropes too tight.

• CAUTION – Paragraph 5.4.6 – Do not allow the elements to become entangled.

• CAUTION – Paragraph 5.4.6 – Leave some slack in the element assemblies.

• WARNING – Paragraph 6.1.2 – Read and understand the supplied documentation.

• WARNING – Paragraph 6.1.2 – Climbing masts could cause injury or death.

• WARNING – Paragraph 6.1.2 – Do not touch electrical lines with the any antenna part.

• WARNING – Paragraph 6.1.2 – Do not erect antenna during electrical storm.

• WARNING – Paragraph 6.1.2 – Install adequate grounding.

• WARNING – Paragraph 6.1.2 – Verify transmitter is powered off and antenna is disconnected.

• WARNING – Paragraph 6.1.2 – Do not apply any power to ungrounded coupler.

• CAUTION – Paragraph 6.4.2 – Do not use the lock washers when securing the bracket to the RF-382.

• WARNING – Paragraph 7.1.2 – Read and understand the supplied documentation.

• WARNING – Paragraph 7.1.2 – Failure to use safety goggles could cause eye injury.

• WARNING – Paragraph 7.1.2 – Do not touch electrical lines with the any antenna part.

• WARNING – Paragraph 7.1.2 – Do not erect antenna during electrical storm.

• WARNING – Paragraph 7.1.2 – Install adequate grounding.

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• WARNING – Paragraph 7.1.2 – Verify transmitter is powered off and antenna is disconnected.

• WARNING – Paragraph 7.1.2 – Do not apply any power to ungrounded coupler.

• WARNING – Paragraphs 7.1.2 – Epsom salt solutions may resent environmental hazards.

• WARNING – Paragraphs 7.1.2 – Use protective glasses and gloves when pouring chemicals.

• CAUTION – Paragraph 7.5.1 – Remove the coupler from the center of the antenna site while driving the
ground rod.

• CAUTION – Paragraph 7.5.1 – Use bronze coupling and driving stud when driving ground rod.

• CAUTION – Paragraph 8.4.2 – Do not twist or kink the twin lead cable as it could damage cable.

1.3 MAINTENANCE LEVELS


Harris/RF Communications designs its products and systems to be supported by up to four maintenance levels.
The RF-1912 Antenna and this manual are intended for operators and technicians, as required by the mission.
1.4 WARRANTY
For information on how to process a claim under this warranty and exclusions, refer to the warranty information
printed on the inside front cover of this manual.

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1.5 GENERAL ANTENNA DESCRIPTIONS


Table 1-1 identifies the RF-1912 Antenna configurations. Paragraphs 1.5.1 through 1.5.3 describe the
configuration differences.
See Figure 1-1. The RF-1912 series HF fan dipole antennas are intended for use with transceiver equipment that
operate in the 1.6 to 30 MHz frequency range at RF power levels up to 1000 watts. These antennas can be
configured as either horizontally polarized fan dipoles, for short-to-medium range skywave propagation, or as
vertically polarized top-loaded monopoles, for short range ground wave or long range skywave propagation. The
element length and height above ground has been designed for optimal take-off angle for HF skywave
propagation. These antennas achieve nearly 100% radiation efficiency because they do not contain any resistive
loads. RF-1912 Antennas are used with either the RF-382 or RF-2601 Antenna Coupler as tuning is required for
broadband operation across the 1.6 to 30 MHz frequency range.
Table 1-1. RF-1912 Antenna Configurations
Part Number Description
RF-1912E-AT001 For installation on user furnished masts
RF-1912T-AT001 For temporary installations
RF-1912T-AT002 For temporary installations

1.5.1 RF-1912E-AT001
The principal component of the RF-1912E-AT001 is the Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly which consists of four
radiating elements and a transmission line for hook up to the customer-furnished antenna coupler. The Fan Dipole
Radiator Assembly is also a fundamental part of each RF-1912T Antenna. The RF-1912E-AT001 Antenna is
supplied on a Winder and comes with 130 feet of composite rope. The individual components are easily identified
by part number and color code. The winder facilitates deployment, stowage, and transport of the antenna, and the
rope can be used to secure the radiator assembly to customer-furnished support structures.

The Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly includes two top element assemblies and two bottom element assemblies.
Each element assembly includes a radiator (wire cable) that is crimped to Kevlar rope. The radiator section of
each top element is longer than the radiator section of each bottom element. The Kevlar rope attached to the
elements make the overall element assemblies on top and bottom almost equal in length. The free end of each
radiator is terminated with a hook for electrical connection to the feedline assembly. A spring is connected to the
loop formed at the end of each Kevlar rope section. The ferrules which form a loop at the end of each Kevlar
rope section are noticeably larger – in terms of both length and diameter – than the ferrules forming a loop at the
end of each radiator section. A snap hook is attached to both ends of all element assemblies in order to facilitate
mechanical connections to the feedline assembly and support structures such as antenna masts. The feedline
assembly includes a twin lead cable which terminates at two separate isolators at each end of the cable.

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1.5.2 RF-1912T-AT001
The RF-1912T-AT001 is intended for temporary ground installations. This antenna is supplied with a Fan Dipole
Radiator, aluminum masts, guy ropes, ground stakes to anchor the guys, rope halyards, ground rods, and storage
bags. The storage bags facilitate stowage and transport of the antenna. The RF-1912T-AT001 is supplied with two
tan-colored storage bags suitable for desert applications.
1.5.3 RF-1912T-AT002
The RF-1912T-AT002 is identical to the RF-1912T-AT001 except it is supplied with two olive drab-colored
storage bags.
1.6 RECOMMENDED TOOLS AND MATERIALS
Installation requires the tools listed in Table 1-2. These items, except sledge hammer supplied with T versions, are
not supplied with the antennas.

Table 1-2. Recommended Tools and Materials


CAGE
Description Part Number
Code
Tape Measure, 164 feet (50 m)* 10075-0459 14304
Knife 854-036 52346
Safety Goggles 39-260 52346
Hard Hat 155-032 52346
6 lb Sledge Hammer (Supplied with Z90-0029-001 14304
RF-1912T)
Cross-tip Screwdriver, #2 X102 96508
3/8-Inch Combination Wrench OEX12B 55719
1/2-Inch Combination Wrench OEX16B 55719
6-Inch Adjustable Wrench AD6 55719
Utility Snips 548-757 52346
Wire Strippers/Cutters 211-101 52346
Fine Grit Emery Cloth or Sand Paper –– ––

NOTE
*Plain mast length is 6 feet (1.83 m) and can be substituted for
tape measure.

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1.7 LIST OF MANUFACTURERS


Table 1-3 provides a list of manufacturers.
Table 1-3. List of Manufacturers
CAGE Code Manufacturer Name and Address
14304 Harris Corporation
RF Communications Division
1680 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610-2842
52346 Jensen Tools Inc.
Division of Stanley Tools
Subdivision of Stanley Works Inc.
7815 S 46th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85044-5399
55719 Snap-On Tools Corporation
2801 80th Street
Kenosha, WI 53141-1410
96508 Cooper Industries, Incorporated
Cooper Tools Division
Lufkin Road
Apex, NC 27502-0000

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CHAPTER 2

UNPACKING/PARTS LISTS
2.1 INTRODUCTION
This chapter contains the following:

• Unpacking and Inspection – Paragraph 2.2

• Repacking – Paragraph 2.3

• Parts Lists – Paragraph 2.4

2.2 UNPACKING
The antenna components are packed in corrugated boxes with foam protection. The boxes and packing materials
should be retained in case the equipment is reshipped. Perform the following to unpack the antenna components:
a. Inspect the exterior of the box for signs of damage during shipment. Note any problems and report them
to the proper authority. An external sticker on the shipping box provides additional instructions
concerning inspection of the package.
b. Use normal care to move the boxed equipment into the general location where it is to be installed. Certain
boxes, depending on system configuration, may be heavy. Exercise care when moving boxed assemblies
to and from locations.
c. After removing the equipment from the box, check the contents against the packing slips and appropriate
parts lists in Paragraph 2.4.1 to see that the shipment is complete. Report discrepancies to Harris/RF
Communications’ Customer Service Department (tel: 716-244-5830).
2.3 REPACKING
Perform the following procedure to repack the antenna components:
a. For the RF-1912T, repack components in supplied bags.
b. Use the original box if it was retained. If not, use a box that allows three inches of clearance on all sides
of the components.
c. Use the original packing material if it was retained. If not, use foam packing material to fill the space
between the unit and the box. Surround the entire unit with three inches of foam packing material.
d. Use a good quality packing tape (or straps) to seal the box after closing.

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2.4 PARTS LISTS


The following contain the parts list for the various versions of the RF-1912 Antenna.
2.4.1 RF-1912E-AT001
Tables 2-1 through 2-6 list the parts included in the RF-1912E-AT001 Antenna.
Table 2-1. RF-1912E-AT001 Antenna Parts List (RF-1912E-AT001)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
A1 RADIATOR ASSY, FAN DIPOLE 6906-3100-03 1 Note 1
MP1 INSTRUCTION MANUAL, RF-1912 AN- 10515-0120-4200 1 --
TENNA SERIES
MP2 ROPE, COMPOSITE Z32-0003-250 130 FT --
MP3 BRACKET KIT, RF-1912/RF-382 6906-3115-01 1 Note 2
MP4 SPARES KIT, RF-1912E-AT 6906-3130-01 1 Note 3
Note 1: Refer to Table 2-2 for parts list.
Note 2: Refer to Table 2-3 for parts list.
Note 3: Refer to Table 2-4 for parts list.

Table 2-2. A1 RF-1912E-AT001 Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly Parts List (6906-3100-03)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 FEEDLINE ASSY, DIPOLE 6906-3610-01 1 2-1
MP2 DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSY, TOP 6906-3111-01 2 2-1
MP3 DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSY, BOTTOM 6906-3112-01 2 2-1
MP4 WINDER, DIPOLE 6906-3613-01 1 2-1
MP5 LABEL, PART NUMBER 10062-0006 1 2-1

Table 2-3. MP3 RF-1912E-AT001/RF-382 Bracket Kit Parts List (6906-3115-01)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 MS51958-80 (PHS, SS, 1/4”-28 X 5/8”) H99-0005-080 2 2-2
WITH VIBRA-TITE
MP3 BRACKET, RF-1912/RF-382 6906-3114-01 1 2-2

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Table 2-4. MP4 RF-1912E-AT001 Spares Kit Parts List (6906-3130-01)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 SNAP HOOK W/O EYE, SS H78-0006-001 2 2-3
MP3 SPARES, MISC HARDWARE, DIPOLE 6906-3131-01 1 Note 4
MP4 REPAIR KIT, DIPOLE ELEMENT 6906-3133-01 1 Note 5
MP5 FEEDLINE, RF-1912 ANTENNA 6906-2120-024 2 2-3
Note 4: Refer to Table 2-5 for parts list.
Note 5: Refer to Table 2-6 for parts list.

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( * ) MP1
(x2)
MP3 RF-1912/RF-382
BRACKET

NOTE:
( * ) SUPPLIED WITH COATING
OF VIBRA-TITE SEALANT

1912BETĆ002C

Figure 2-2. MP3 RF-1912E-AT001/RF-382 Bracket Kit Contents (6906-3115-01)

MP1 SNAP HOOK


W/O EYE

REFER TO SEPARATE PARTS LISTS


AND FIGURES FOR MP3 AND MP4

MP5 RF-1912
ANTENNA
FEEDLINE (x2)
1912BETĆ003B

Figure 2-3. MP4 RF-1912E-AT001 Spares Kit Contents (6906-3130-01)

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Table 2-5. MP4MP3 RF-1912E-AT001 Miscellaneous Hardware Spares Parts List (6906-3131-01)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP5 MS51958-80 (PHS, SS, 1/4”-28 X 5/8”) H99-0005-080 2 2-4
WITH VIBRA-TITE
MP7 LW, SS, INT TOOTH, #10 MS35333-73 2 2-4
MP8 LW, SPLIT, #10, SS MS35338-138 2 2-4
MP9 FW, SS, 0.219 X 0.438 X 0.049 MS15795-808 2 2-4
MP10 FW, SS, 0.219 X 0.500 X 0.049 MS15795-842 2 2-4
MP11 NUT, SS, #10-32 MS35650-304 2 2-4
MP12 NUT, SELF-LOCKING, #10 MS21083C3 2 2-4
MP21 SCREW COVER, POP-ON E65-0021-001 2 2-4
MP22 SCREW BASE, POP-ON E65-0021-002 2 2-4

Table 2-6. MP4MP4 RF-1912E-AT001 Dipole Element Repair Kit Parts List (6906-3133-01)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 CABLE, PHOSPHOR BRONZE, 10488-1176-01 10 FT 2-5
STRANDED
MP2 CONNECTOR, SPLIT BOLT, #16-10 AWG 10075-1058 4 2-5
MP3 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS, SPLIT 6906-0206 1 --
BOLT

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6906-3131-01

( * ) MP5

NOTE:
( * ) SUPPLIED WITH COATING
OF VIBRA-TITE SEALANT

MP7 MP8 MP9 MP10

MP11 MP12 MP21 MP22

1912BETĆ010B

Figure 2-4. MP4MP3 RF-1912E-AT001 Miscellaneous Hardware Spares (6906-3131-01)

6906-3133-01

MP1 PHOSPHOR
BRONZE STRANDED CABLE

MP2 SPLIT BOLT


CONNECTOR

MP3 NOT SHOWN


1912BETĆ007A

Figure 2-5. MP4MP4 RF-1912E-AT001 Dipole Element Repair Kit Contents (6906-3133-01)

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2.4.2 RF-1912T-AT001

Tables 2-7 through 2-15 list the parts included in the RF-1912T-AT001 Antenna.

Table 2-7. RF-1912T-AT001 Antenna Parts List (RF-1912T-AT001)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 MAST BAG, RF-1912T, TAN 6906-3410-01 1 Note 6
MP2 AUXILIARY BAG, RF-1912T, TAN 6906-3420-01 1 Note 7
Note 6: Refer to Table 2-8 for parts list.
Note 7: Refer to Table 2-9 for parts list.

Table 2-8. MP1 RF-1912T-AT001 Mast Bag Parts List (6906-3410-01)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 MAST BAG, SAND YELLOW 10484-3512-01 1 2-6
MP2 LABEL, ID, RF-1912T-AT001 6906-0050-16 1 2-6
MP3 MAST SECTION, BELLED, 6’6” 10484-3500-02 8 2-6
MP4 MAST SECTION, PLAIN, 6’ 10484-3500-03 2 2-6
MP5 SLEDGE HAMMER, 6 LBS, 32” FI- Z90-0029-001 1 2-6
BERGLASS HANDLE
MP6 GROUND STAKE ASSY 6906-3435-01 6 2-6
MP7 GROUND ROD, 5/8” X 6’ H96-0001-003 1 2-6
MP8 GROUND ROD, 24” 10075-1274 3 2-6

Table 2-9. MP2 RF-1912T-AT001 Auxiliary Bag Parts List (6906-3420-01)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 AUXILIARY BAG, SAND YELLOW 10484-3513-01 1 2-7
MP2 LABEL, ID, RF-1912T-AT001 6906-0050-16 1 2-7
MP3 INSTRUCTION MANUAL, RF-1912 AN- 10515-0120-4200 1 2-7
TENNA SERIES
MP4 MAST BASE PLATE ASSY 6906-3433-01 2 2-7
MP5 BASE PLATE EXTENSION 10484-3616-01 2 2-7
MP6 ANCHOR PEG 10484-3500-08 4 2-7
MP7 HALYARD/TOP GUY ASSY, TAN 6906-3550-01 2 2-7
MP8 GUY ASSY, BOTTOM, TAN 6906-3552-01 2 2-7
MP9 RADIATOR ASSY, FAN DIPOLE 6906-3100-03 1 Note 8
MP10 BRACKET KIT, RF-1912/RF-382 6906-3115-01 1 Note 9
MP11 ANCILLARY KIT, GROUND, 6906-3436-01 1 2-7
RF-1912T-AT
MP12 SPARES KIT, RF-1912T-AT 6906-3117-01 1 2-7
Note 8: Refer to Table 2-10 for parts list.
Note 9: Refer to Table 2-11 for parts list.

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MP1 MAST BAG

MP2 ID LABEL

MP3 BELLED MAST


SECTION (x8)

MP4 PLAIN MAST


SECTION (x2)

MP5 SLEDGE
HAMMER

MP6 GROUND STAKE


ASSEMBLY (x6)

MP7 6FT
GROUND ROD

MP8 2FT
GROUND ROD (x3)

1912BETĆ004A

Figure 2-6. MP1 RF-1912T-AT001 Mast Bag Contents (6906-3410-01)

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Table 2-10. MP9 RF-1912T-AT001 Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly Parts List (6906-3100-03)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 FEEDLINE ASSY, DIPOLE 6906-3610-01 1 2-1
MP2 DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSY, TOP 6906-3111-01 2 2-1
MP3 DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSY, BOTTOM 6906-3112-01 2 2-1
MP4 WINDER, DIPOLE 6906-3613-01 1 2-1
MP5 LABEL, PART NUMBER 10062-0006 1 2-1

Table 2-11. MP10 RF-1912T-AT001/RF-382 Bracket Kit Parts List (6906-3115-01)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 MS51958-80 (PHS, SS, 1/4”-28 X 5/8”) H99-0005-080 2 2-2
WITH VIBRA-TITE
MP3 BRACKET, RF-1912/RF-382 6906-3114-01 1 2-2

Table 2-12. MP11 RF-1912T-AT001 Ground Ancillary Kit Parts List (6906-3436-01)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 COUPLING, BRONZE, 5/8” H96-0001-102 1 2-8
MP2 DRIVING STUD, STEEL, 5/8” H96-0001-202 1 2-8
MP3 GROUND ROD CLAMP, 5/8” H96-0001-503 3 2-8
MP4 PIPE CLAMP, CAST H96-0002-101 2 2-8
MP5 LW, SS, EXT TOOTH, 5/16” MS35335-62 4 2-8
MP6 BRAID, FLAT, 1” WIDE W45-0001-012 10 FT 2-8
MP7 CABLE, PHOSPHOR BRONZE, 10488-1176-01 200 FT 2-8
STRANDED

Table 2-13. MP12 RF-1912T-AT001 Spares Kit Parts List (6906-3117-01)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 CARABINER, OVAL, NON-LOCKING 10075-1036 2 2-9
MP2 SNAP HOOK W/O EYE, SS H78-0006-001 2 2-9
MP3 GROUND ROD CLAMP, 5/8” H96-0001-503 1 2-9
MP4 LW, SS, EXT TOOTH, 5/16” MS35335-62 4 2-9
MP6 SPARES, MISC HARDWARE, DIPOLE 6906-3131-01 1 Note 10
MP7 REPAIR KIT, DIPOLE ELEMENT 6906-3133-01 1 Note 11

Note 10: Refer to Table 2-14 for parts list.


Note 11: Refer to Table 2-15 for parts list.

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Table 2-14. MP12MP6 RF-1912T-AT001 Miscellaneous Hardware Spares Parts List


(6906-3131-01)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP5 MS51958-80 (PHS, SS, 1/4”-28 X 5/8”) H99-0005-080 2 2-4
WITH VIBRA-TITE
MP7 LW, SS, INT TOOTH, #10 MS35333-73 2 2-4
MP8 LW, SPLIT, #10, SS MS35338-138 2 2-4
MP9 FW, SS, 0.219 X 0.438 X 0.049 MS15795-808 2 2-4
MP10 FW, SS, 0.219 X 0.500 X 0.049 MS15795-842 2 2-4
MP11 NUT, SS, #10-32 MS35650-304 2 2-4
MP12 NUT, SELF-LOCKING, #10 MS21083C3 2 2-4
MP21 SCREW COVER, POP-ON E65-0021-001 2 2-4
MP22 SCREW BASE, POP-ON E65-0021-002 2 2-4

Table 2-15. MP12MP7 RF-1912T-AT001 Dipole Element Repair Kit Parts List (6906-3133-01)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 CABLE, PHOSPHOR BRONZE, 10488-1176-01 10 FT 2-5
STRANDED
MP2 CONNECTOR, SPLIT BOLT, #16-10 AWG 10075-1058 4 2-5
MP3 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS, SPLIT 6906-0206 1 --
BOLT

MP1 MP2 MP3 MP4


BRONZE COUPLING DRIVING STUD GROUND ROD CLAMP CAST PIPE CLAMP

MP5 MP6 MP7


FLAT BRAID PHOSPHOR BRONZE CABLE

1912BETĆ006A

Figure 2-8. MP11 RF-1912T-AT001 Ground Ancillary Kit Contents (6906-3436-01)

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MP2
MP1
SNAP HOOK
OVAL NON-LOCKING
W/O EYE
CARABINER

REFER TO SEPARATE TABLES AND FIGURES


FOR MP6 AND MP7
MP3
GROUND ROD
MP4
CLAMP

1912BETĆ008A

Figure 2-9. MP12 RF-1912T-AT001 Spares Kit Contents (6906-3117-01)

2.4.3 RF-1912T-AT002
Tables 2-16 through 2-24 list the parts included in the RF-1912T-AT002 Antenna.
Table 2-16. RF-1912T-AT002 Antenna Parts List (RF-1912T-AT002)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 MAST BAG, RF-1912T, OLIVE DRAB 6906-3410-02 1 Note 12
MP2 AUXILIARY BAG, RF-1912T, OLIVE 6906-3420-02 1 Note 13
DRAB
Note 12: Refer to Table 2-17 for parts list.
Note 13: Refer to Table 2-18 for parts list.

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Table 2-17. MP1 RF-1912T-AT002 Mast Bag Parts List (6906-3410-02)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 MAST BAG, OLIVE DRAB 10484-3512-02 1 2-6
MP2 LABEL, ID, RF-1912T-AT002 6906-0050-17 1 2-6
MP3 MAST SECTION, BELLED, 6’6” 10484-3500-02 8 2-6
MP4 MAST SECTION, PLAIN, 6’ 10484-3500-03 2 2-6
MP5 SLEDGE HAMMER, 6 LBS, 32” FI- Z90-0029-001 1 2-6
BERGLASS HANDLE
MP6 GROUND STAKE ASSY 6906-3435-01 6 2-6
MP7 GROUND ROD, 5/8” X 6’ H96-0001-003 1 2-6
MP8 GROUND ROD, 24” 10075-1274 3 2-6

Table 2-18. MP2 RF-1912T-AT002 Auxiliary Bag Parts List (6906-3420-02)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 AUXILIARY BAG, OLIVE DRAB 10484-3513-02 1 2-7
MP2 LABEL, ID, RF-1912T-AT002 6906-0050-17 1 2-7
MP3 INSTRUCTION MANUAL, RF-1912 AN- 10515-0120-4200 1 2-7
TENNA SERIES
MP4 MAST BASE PLATE ASSY 6906-3433-01 2 2-7
MP5 BASE PLATE EXTENSION 10484-3616-01 2 2-7
MP6 ANCHOR PEG 10484-3500-08 4 2-7
MP7 HALYARD/TOP GUY ASSY, OLIVE 6906-3550-02 2 2-7
DRAB
MP8 GUY ASSY, BOTTOM, OLIVE DRAB 6906-3552-02 2 2-7
MP9 RADIATOR ASSY, FAN DIPOLE 6906-3100-03 1 2-7
MP10 BRACKET KIT, RF-1912/RF-382 6906-3115-01 1 2-7
MP11 ANCILLARY KIT, GROUND, RF-1912T- 6906-3436-01 1 2-7
AT
MP12 SPARES KIT, RF-1912T-AT 6906-3117-01 1 2-7

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Table 2-19. MP9 RF-1912T-AT002 Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly Parts List (6906-3100-03)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 FEEDLINE ASSY, DIPOLE 6906-3610-01 1 2-1
MP2 DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSY, TOP 6906-3111-01 2 2-1
MP3 DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSY, BOTTOM 6906-3112-01 2 2-1
MP4 WINDER, DIPOLE 6906-3613-01 1 2-1
MP5 LABEL, PART NUMBER 10062-0006 1 2-1

Table 2-20. MP10 RF-1912T-AT002/RF-382 Bracket Kit Parts List (6906-3115-01)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 MS51958-80 (PHS, SS, 1/4”-28 X 5/8”) H99-0005-080 2 2-2
WITH VIBRA-TITE
MP3 BRACKET, RF-1912/RF-382 6906-3114-01 1 2-2

Table 2-21. MP11 RF-1912T-AT002 Ground Ancillary Kit Parts List (6906-3436-01)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 COUPLING, BRONZE, 5/8” H96-0001-102 1 2-8
MP2 DRIVING STUD, STEEL, 5/8” H96-0001-202 1 2-8
MP3 GROUND ROD CLAMP, 5/8” H96-0001-503 3 2-8
MP4 PIPE CLAMP, CAST H96-0002-101 2 2-8
MP5 LW, SS, EXT TOOTH, 5/16” MS35335-62 4 2-8
MP6 BRAID, FLAT, 1” WIDE W45-0001-012 10 FT 2-8
MP7 CABLE, PHOSPHOR BRONZE, 10488-1176-01 200 FT 2-8
STRANDED

Table 2-22. MP12 RF-1912T-AT002 Spares Kit Parts List (6906-3117-01)


Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 CARABINER, OVAL, NON-LOCKING 10075-1036 2 2-9
MP2 SNAP HOOK W/O EYE, SS H78-0006-001 2 2-9
MP3 GROUND ROD CLAMP, 5/8” H96-0001-503 1 2-9
MP4 LW, SS, EXT TOOTH, 5/16” MS35335-62 4 2-9
MP6 SPARES, MISC HARDWARE, DIPOLE 6906-3131-01 1 Note 14
MP7 REPAIR KIT, DIPOLE ELEMENT 6906-3133-01 1 Note 15
MP8 FEEDLINE, RF-1912 1 KW ANTENNA 6906-2120-024 2 2-1
Note 14: Refer to Table 2-23 for parts list.
Note 15: Refer to Table 2-24 for parts list.

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Table 2-23. MP12MP6 RF-1912T-AT002 Misc Hardware Spares Parts List (6906-3131-01)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP5 MS51958-80 (PHS, SS, 1/4”-28 X 5/8”) H99-0005-080 2 2-4
WITH VIBRA-TITE
MP7 LW, SS, INT TOOTH, #10 MS35333-73 2 2-4
MP8 LW, SPLIT, #10, SS MS35338-138 2 2-4
MP9 FW, SS, 0.219 X 0.438 X 0.049 MS15795-808 2 2-4
MP10 FW, SS, 0.219 X 0.500 X 0.049 MS15795-842 2 2-4
MP11 NUT, SS, #10-32 MS35650-304 2 2-4
MP12 NUT, SELF-LOCKING, #10 MS21083C3 2 2-4
MP21 SCREW COVER, POP-ON E65-0021-001 2 2-4
MP22 SCREW BASE, POP-ON E65-0021-002 2 2-4

Table 2-24. MP12MP7 RF-1912T-AT002 Dipole Element Repair Kit Parts List (6906-3133-01)
Part Figure
Ref. Des. Item Name Quantity
Number Number
MP1 CABLE, PHOSPHOR BRONZE, 10488-1176-01 10 FT 2-5
STRANDED
MP2 CONNECTOR, SPLIT BOLT, #16-10 AWG 10075-1058 4 2-5
MP3 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS, SPLIT 6906-0206 1 --
BOLT

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SITE SELECTION

CHAPTER 3

SITE SELECTION
3.1 INTRODUCTION
This chapter contains the following:

• Site Considerations – Paragraph 3.2

• Safety Considerations – Paragraph 3.3

• RF Radiation Hazards – Paragraph 3.4

• Site Layout – Paragraph 3.5

3.2 SITE CONSIDERATIONS


The information contained here provides general guidelines for setting up the various configurations of the
RF-1912 Series Antennas. The following are general site considerations:

• Find area that adheres to the safety guidelines described in Paragraph 3.3.

• Find area that eliminates RF radiation hazards described in Paragraph 3.4.

• Site can accommodate layout shown in Paragraph 3.5.

• Find ground surface that is not rocky or sandy, if possible.

• Vegetation will not come into contact with elements.

• Distance from power lines is at least twice the mast height.

• Height should be greater than surrounding buildings and countryside.

• Avoid close proximity to metal objects.

• The coupler’s coaxial and control lines should run perpendicular to the antenna elements.

• Broadside of elements should face the desired direction of communications.

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3.3 SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Each year people are killed or receive severe permanent injuries while attempting to install or dismantle an
antenna. In many of these cases, the victim was aware of the dangers of electrocution, but did not take adequate
steps to avoid the hazard.

Read and follow the following safety guidelines. The guidelines may save someone’s life.

a. If installing or dismantling an antenna for the first time, seek professional assistance from Harris or a
dealer.

b. Call the power company and make them aware of the plans. There may be buried or hidden electrical
cables that could present danger to personnel. Also, power lines and phone lines can sometimes look
alike. Assume that any overhead line is a high voltage line that can kill someone.

c. Before beginning, plan the installation or disassembly carefully. Installation or disassembly of a mast
requires coordination between individuals. Each person should be assigned to a specific task and should
know what to do and when to do it. One person should be designated to call out instructions and watch
for signs of trouble.

d. Do not use a metal ladder. Avoid working on a wet or windy day, or if a thunderstorm is approaching.

e. Dress properly – wear shoes with rubber soles and heels, rubber gloves, long sleeve shirt or jacket, and a
hard hat.

f. If the antenna starts falling, stand clear and let it fall.

g. Remember that the antenna elements, masts, and hardware are all excellent conductors of electrical
current. Even the slightest touch of any of these parts to a power line (or lightning) completes an
electrical path through the antenna and the installer.

h. If any part of the antenna system should contact a power line, do not touch it or try to remove it. Call the
local power company. They will remove it safely.

i. If an electrical accident should occur, do not touch the person in contact with the power line. Use a
non-conductive pole such as a dry board or stick to separate the victim and the antenna. Have someone
call for medical help.

3.4 RF RADIATION HAZARDS

Potential radiation hazards exist with any antenna that radiates RF energy. Guidelines recommending safe
distances from radiating antenna are summarized in the graphs shown in Figures 3-1 and 3-2. The graph indicates
the recommended minimum safe distance for various RF power levels at various frequencies in an uncontrolled
environment with the equipment operating in a continuous duty mode. These conditions are for the maximum
permissible level for human exposure to RF radiation averaged over any six-minute period.

Refer to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) C95.1-1991, IEEE Standard for Safety
Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz, for a
detailed explanation on this topic. Actual radiation levels are dependent on many factors, including soil
conditions, adequacy of the grounding system, the antenna type, operating frequency, and power level. Refer to
Appendix B, References, for additional information concerning safe levels of human exposure to RF
electromagnetic fields.

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HF RADIATION HAZARD
SAFE DISTANCE FOR 6 MINUTE PERIOD
12

11

10
1000W
9

8
DISTANCE (ft) 7

6
500W

3
ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
2
ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
100W

ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
1

2 6 10 14 18 22 26 30

Ç
SBV16T-001b
FREQUENCY (MHz)
1000W, ANTENNA 500W, ANTENNA 100W, ANTENNA

Figure 3-1. Minimum Safe Distances from HF Radiation Hazard (Feet)

HF RADIATION HAZARD
SAFE DISTANCE FOR 6 MINUTE PERIOD
3.75

3 1000W
DISTANCE (m)

2
500W

1
ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
100W

0 ÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇÇ
2 6 10 14 18 22 26 30 SBV16T-002b

ÇÇ
FREQUENCY (MHz)
1000W, ANTENNA 500W, ANTENNA 100W, ANTENNA

Figure 3-2. Minimum Safe Distances from HF Radiation Hazard (Meters)

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3.5 SITE LAYOUT


See Figure 3-3 for site layout dimensions for the RF-1912 family and see Figure 3-4 for the fan dipole radiator
assembly dimensions.
NOTE
If terrain is uneven, the dimensions can be adjusted accordingly.

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RF-1912E DEPLOYMENT

CHAPTER 4

RF-1912E DEPLOYMENT
4.1 INTRODUCTION
This chapter contains the following:

• Recommended Tools – Paragraph 4.2

• Predeployment – Paragraph 4.3

• Deployment – Paragraph 4.4

The RF-1912E-AT001 Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly is intended for use with support structures furnished by the
customer. The antenna is supplied on a winder and with 130 feet of composite rope. The winder facilitates
deployment, stowage, and transport of the antenna, and the rope can be used to secure the radiator assembly to
customer-furnished support structures.

WARNING

Only experienced personnel who have thoroughly read and


understood the supplied documentation should deploy this
antenna. Failure to do so could result in damage to the
equipment and could cause injury or death to personnel during
and after deployment.

WARNING

Two people are recommended to safely and successfully deploy


an RF-1912E Antenna. Failure to do so could cause injury or
death.
Failure to use safety goggles (Table 4-1, Item 3) could cause eye
injury.
Failure to use hard hat (Table 4-1, Item 4) could cause head/brain
injury.
Climbing masts could cause injury or death.
Climbing towers without proper climbing gear could cause
injury or death.
Touching electrical lines with any of the antenna parts could
result in injury or death.
Erecting antenna during electrical storm could result in injury or
death.
Inadequate grounding could result in equipment damage,
personal injury, or death.

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4.2 RECOMMENDED TOOLS


Recommended tools for RF-1912E Antenna deployment are listed in Table 4-1.
Table 4-1. Recommended Tools
CAGE
Item Description Part Number
Code
1 Tape Measure, 164 feet (50 m) 10075-0459 14304
2 Knife 854-036 52346
3 Safety Goggles 39-260 52346
4 Hard Hat 155-032 52346

4.3 PREDEPLOYMENT
Before beginning antenna deployment, make sure predeployment preparations have been made.
4.3.1 Checks
Check the following:

• Antenna has been unpacked and checked for completeness per Chapter 2.

• Site has been selected and preparations made per Chapter 3.

4.3.2 Site Preparation and Antenna Orientation


Refer to Table 4-1 for list of tools. To reduce assembly time at the site, perform the following:
NOTE
If terrain is uneven, the dimensions will need to be adjusted
accordingly.
a. If there is plenty of room for installation, deploy antenna coupler as far way from the transmitters as
possible (and as long as cabling permits).
b. Use Tape Measure (Item 1) to lay out the site as shown in Figures 3-3 and 3-4 with the exception of the
guy stakes denoted in A and B. Mark positions using stakes, rocks, sticks etc.
c. If communication range is greater than 300 miles (482.8 km), then the antenna must be deployed
perpendicular to the line between the two communication sites. (i.e. Broadside faces communication path
shown in Figure 3-3.)
d. Spread the parts out on the ground near the center of the site.

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4.4 DEPLOYMENT
Refer to Table 4-1 for list of tools. Deployment of the RF-1912E Antenna involves performing the following in
the order listed:

• Unwind MP2 and MP3 dipole elements – Paragraph 4.4.1

• Unwind MP1 Feedline Assembly – Paragraph 4.4.2

• Connect dipole elements to MP1 Feedline Assembly – Paragraph 4.4.3

• Install halyards – Paragraph 4.4.4

• Hoist Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly – Paragraph 4.4.5

• Connect MP1 Feedline Assembly to coupler – Paragraph 4.4.6


4.4.1 Unwind MP2 Top Dipole Element and MP3 Bottom Dipole Element Assemblies
Refer to Table 4-1 and see Figure 4-1. Perform the following to unwind MP2 Top Dipole Element Assemblies and
MP3 Bottom Element Assemblies from MP4 Dipole Winder.
NOTE
It is recommended that one person hold the winder at the center
of the antenna site, while the other unwinds the elements towards
the support structures.
a. Place Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly (6906-3100-03), fully wound on its winder, at the center of the
antenna site between the two support structure locations.
b. Select one of the outer windings and locate the snap hook that is attached to a spring. This is the support
side of the selected MP2 Top Dipole Element Assembly.
c. Disconnect the snap hook from the winder and carry the support side of MP2 Top Dipole Element
Assembly towards one of the support structures while the other person assists in the unwinding. Lay MP2
Top Dipole Element Assembly on the ground.
d. Repeat Steps b and c for the other MP2 Top Dipole Element Assembly, carrying towards the other
support structure.
e. Disconnect MP2 Top Dipole Element Assemblies from the winder.
f. Select one of the inner windings and locate the snap hook that is attached to a spring. This is the support
side of the selected MP3 Bottom Dipole Element Assembly.

CAUTION

Do not allow the elements to become entangled with each other,


with the feedline, or with the halyard, or damage to the antenna
may result.
g. Disconnect the snap hook from the winder and carry the support side of MP3 Bottom Dipole Element
Assembly towards one of the support structures while the other person assists in the unwinding. Lay MP3
Bottom Dipole Element Assembly on the ground in parallel with MP2 Top Dipole Element Assembly.

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h. Repeat Steps f and g for the other MP3 Bottom Dipole Element Assembly carrying towards the other
support structure.
i. Disconnect MP3 Bottom Dipole Element Assemblies from the winder.
4.4.2 Unwind MP1 Feedline Assembly
See Figure 4-1. Perform the following to unwind the MP1 Feedline Assembly from MP4 Dipole Winder:
a. Slide top isolator of MP1 Feedline Assembly out from its clamp on MP4 Dipole Winder (isolator with
wing nuts).
b. While the other person assists in the unwinding, carry the winder away from the top isolator and unwind
MP1 Feedline Assembly from the winder.
c. Lay MP1 Feedline Assembly on the ground in a direction perpendicular to the elements with the top
isolator near the elements.
d. Detach the snap hook of the bottom isolator from the winder.
e. Store the winder for later stowage and transport of the Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly.

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MP3 BOTTOM TOP ISOLATOR


MP1 DIPOLE FEEDLINE DIPOLE ELEMENT CLAMP
ASSEMBLY ASSEMBLy (RED) TOP ISOLATOR

SNAP HOOK (x9)

MP4
DIPOLE WINDER

MP2 TOP DIPOLE


ELEMENT ASSEMBLy
(BLACK)
MP2 TOP DIPOLE
ELEMENT ASSEMBLy
MP3 BOTTOM (BLACK)
DIPOLE ELEMENT
ASSEMBLy (RED) BOTTOM
ISOLATOR

1912BETĆ013B

Figure 4-1. Winder and Antenna Component Locations

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4.4.3 Connect Dipole Elements to MP1 Feedline Assembly


See Figure 4-2. Perform the following to connect MP2 Top Dipole Element Assemblies and MP3 Bottom Dipole
Assemblies to MP1 Feedline Assembly:
a. Connect top element snap hooks (black) to top holes and connect bottom element snap hooks (red) to
bottom holes in the top isolator of MP1 Feedline Assembly.
b. Connect left top element terminal hook (black) and left bottom element terminal hook (red) to left
terminal between the two flatwashers on the top isolator of MP1 Feedline Assembly. Tighten wing nut
until terminal hooks cannot move.
c. Connect right top element terminal hook (black) and right bottom element terminal hook (red) to right
terminal between the two flatwashers on the top isolator of MP1 Feedline Assembly. Tighten wing nut
until terminal hooks cannot move.
4.4.4 Install Halyards (Typical Use of Composite Rope)
Refer to Table 4-1 for tool list. Perform the following procedure to install halyards on the customer-furnished
support structures using the composite rope (Z32-0003-250) supplied:

CAUTION

Be careful not to apply too much heat to the rope ends.


Otherwise, the rope could catch fire and cause damage to the
rope and antenna parts.
a. Use knife (Item 2) to cut the composite rope into equal lengths of approximately 65 feet (19.8 m) each.
b. Use a heat source (matches, lighter, heat gun etc.) to heat and melt the rope ends to prevent fraying.
c. Use overhand knots to create two three-inch loops, approximately one meter apart, in each length of rope.
d. Install the halyards on the customer-furnished support structures, and tie the rope ends together on each
halyard.

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(*)

(*)

(*)

RIGHT
TERMINAL
HOOK
(RED)
RIGHT
TERMINAL
HOOK
(BLACK)

RIGHT
SNAP HOOK
(BLACK)
LEFT
SNAP HOOK
(BLACK)

RIGHT LEFT
SNAP TERMINAL (*)
HOOK HOOK
(RED) (RED)
(*)

(*)
NOTE:
( * ) HARDWARE IS CAPTIVE
ON ISOLATOR STUD

LEFT
TERMINAL
HOOK (BLACK)

RIGHT TOP
HOLE (BLACK)

LEFT RIGHT TERMINAL


SNAP HOOK
(RED) RIGHT BOTTOM
HOLE (RED)

LEFT TOP
HOLE (BLACK)

LEFT
TERMINAL

LEFT BOTTOM
HOLE (RED) TOP
ISOLATOR

1912BETĆ014C

Figure 4-2. Top Isolator Connection Points

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4.4.5 Hoist Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly

Perform the following procedure to hoist the radiator assembly:

CAUTION

Do not allow the elements to become entangled with each other,


with the feedline, or with the halyard, or damage to the antenna
may result.

CAUTION

Leave some slack in the element assemblies to prevent undue


stress on the radiator assembly or damage to the antenna may
result.
a. At each outer side of Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly, connect the black snap hook (black) to the top
halyard loop and connect the bottom snap hook (red) to the bottom halyard loop.
b. Use both halyards to hoist the Fan Radiator Assembly to a nominal height of 30 feet.
c. Secure the halyards to the customer-furnished support structures.
4.4.6 Connect MP1 Feedline Assembly to Coupler
Refer to Chapter 6 for the procedure to connect the RF-1912E Antenna to the RF-382 or RF-2601 Antenna
Coupler.

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CHAPTER 5

RF-1912T DEPLOYMENT
5.1 INTRODUCTION
This chapter contains the following:

• Recommended Tools – Paragraph 5.2

• Predeployment – Paragraph 5.3

• Deployment – Paragraph 5.4

The RF-1912T antenna is intended for temporary ground installations and is supplied with aluminum masts, guy
ropes, ground stakes to anchor the guys, rope halyards, a Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly, ground rods, and storage
bags (mast and auxiliary). The Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly is supplied on a winder. The winder and storage
bags facilitate deployment, stowage, and transport of the antenna. The RF-1912T-AT001 is supplied with two tan
storage bags suitable for desert applications; the RF-1912T-AT002 is supplied with two olive drab storage bags.

WARNING

Only experienced personnel who have thoroughly read and


understood the supplied documentation should deploy this
antenna. Failure to do so could result in damage to the
equipment and could cause injury or death to personnel during
and after deployment.
Two people are recommended to safely and successfully deploy
an RF-1912T Antenna. Failure to do so could cause injury or
death.
Failure to use safety goggles (Table 5-1, Item 2) could cause eye
injury.
Failure to use hard hat (Table 5-1, Item 3) could cause head/brain
injury.
Climbing masts could cause injury or death.
Touching electrical lines with any of the antenna parts could
result in injury or death.
Erecting antenna during electrical storm could result in injury or
death.
Inadequate grounding could result in equipment damage,
personal injury, or death.

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5.2 RECOMMENDED TOOLS


Recommended tools for RF-1912T Antenna deployment are listed in Table 5-1.
Table 5-1. Recommended Tools
CAGE
Item Description Part Number
Code
1 Tape Measure, 164 feet (50 m) 10075-0459 14304
2 Safety Goggles 39-260 52346
3 Hard Hat 155-032 52346
4 6 lb Sledge Hammer (Supplied with Z90-0029-001 14304
RF-1912T)

5.3 PREDEPLOYMENT
Before beginning antenna deployment, make sure predeployment preparations have been made.
5.3.1 Checks
Check the following:

• Antenna has been unpacked and checked for completeness per Chapter 2.

• Site has been selected and preparations made per Chapter 3.


5.3.2 Site Preparation and Antenna Orientation
Refer to Table 5-1 for list of tools. To reduce assembly time at the site, perform the following:
NOTE
If terrain is uneven, the dimensions can be adjusted accordingly.
NOTE
If the 164 feet (50 m) tape (Item 1) is not available, rapid field
methods can be used with slight degradation in performance.
One method is to use a plain mast section, which is six feet (1.82
m) long, as a substitute for the tape measure. The other method
is lay out the Fan Dipole Radiator on the ground without slack,
then place the Mast Base Plates about 12 inches (30.48 cm) from
each end.
a. If there is plenty of room for installation, deploy antenna coupler as far way from the transmitters as
possible (and as long as cabling permits).
b. Perform a rough layout of the outer dimensions of the site using Figure 5-1. Set the ground stakes near the
locations denoted A and B in Figure 5-1.
c. If communication range is greater than 300 miles (482.8 km), then the antenna must be deployed
perpendicular to the line between the two communication sites. (i.e. Broadside faces communication path
shown in Figure 3-3.)
d. Remove the mast sections and the ground stake assemblies from the mast bag.

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e. Set four of the belled mast sections, one of the plain mast sections, and three ground stakes near each
mast location.
f. From the auxiliary bag, remove the mast base plates, base plate extensions, anchor pegs, halyard/top guy
assemblies, bottom guy assemblies, and fan dipole radiator assembly. (The base plate extensions are only
needed for a more secure footing of the masts when deploying in sandy or loose soil.)
g. Place one Mast Base Plate, Base Plate Extension, Halyard/Top Guy Assembly, Bottom Guy Assembly,
and two Anchor Pegs near each mast location.
5.4 DEPLOYMENT
Refer to Table 5-1 for list of tools. Deployment of the RF-1912T antenna involves performing the following in the
order listed:

• Assemble Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly – Paragraph 5.4.2

• Install point A ground stakes – Paragraph 5.4.1

• Install Mast Base Plates and point B ground stakes – Paragraph 5.4.3

• Assemble masts on ground and attach point B guy ropes – Paragraph 5.4.4

• Raise masts and attach point A guy ropes – Paragraph 5.4.5

• Attach and hoist Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly – Paragraph 5.4.6

• Connect feedline assembly to coupler – Paragraph 5.4.7

5.4.1 Install Point A Ground Stakes


Refer to Table 5-1 and see Figure 5-1. Perform the following to install the ground stakes at point A:
a. Select one of the mast locations.
b. Use a sledge hammer (Item 4) to install a ground stake at point A on a 30° angle, as shown in detail A of
the Figure 5-1.
c. Ensure the carabiner is properly connected to the D shackle and the carabiners’s gate hinge is facing the
location of the mast.
d. Use a tape measure (Item 1) to measure 105 feet (32 meters) from the first point A to the second point A.
e. Use a sledge hammer (Item 4) to install another ground stake at the other point A. (Ground stake should
also point 30° away from antenna.)
f. Ensure the carabiner is properly connected to the D shackle and the carabiners’s gate hinge is facing the
location of the mast.
g. Leave tape measure on ground for the procedure in Paragraph 5.4.3.
5.4.2 Assemble Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly

Perform the following procedure to assemble Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly:


a. Unwind MP2 and MP3 dipole elements per Paragraph 4.4.1.

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b. Unwind MP1 Feedline Assembly per Paragraph 4.4.2.


c. Connect dipole elements to MP1 Feedline Assembly per Paragraph 4.4.3.
5.4.3 Install Mast Base Plates and Point B Ground Stakes
Refer to Table 5-1 and see Figure 5-1. Perform the following to install the mast base plates, extension plates (if
used), and point b ground stakes:
a. With the tape measure (Item 1) extended between the two point A ground stakes (Paragraph 5.4.1),
measure 15 feet (4.6 m) along a straight path from one ground stake towards the other. This location is for
one of the mast base plates. (Leave tape measure.)
b. If a base plate extension is used (sandy or loose soil), place one underneath a mast base plate and line up
the holes used for the anchor pegs.
c. Orient the mast base plate (and extension if used) so the open side faces the center of the antenna, and
place in the location measured in Step a. (See Detail A.)
d. Temporarily remove the snap hook from the mast base plate.
e. Place two anchor pegs in the holes of the plate(s) as shown in Detail A.
f. Use a sledge hammer (Item 4) to secure anchor pegs and plate(s).
g. Replace mast base plate snap hook removed in Step d.
h. With the tape measure (Item 1) extended between the two point A ground stakes (Step a), measure 7.5
feet (2.29 m) along a straight path from the mast base plate.
i. Use tape measure to measure 13 feet (4.0 m) along a line perpendicular to to the original A-to-A line.
This is for one of the point B ground stakes. (Check by measuring 15 feet [4.57 m] to the base plate.)
j. Use a sledge hammer (Item 4) to install a ground stake at this point B. (Ground stake should also point
30° away from antenna.)
k. Ensure the carabiner is properly connected to the D shackle and the carabiners’s gate hinge is facing the
location of the mast.
l. Repeat Steps i through k for the other point B ground stake.
m. Repeat Steps a through k for the opposite mast base plate and ground stakes.
n. Use tape measure to verify that there is 75 feet (22.9 meters) between the two mast base plates.

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5.4.4 Assemble Masts on Ground and Attach Point B Guy Ropes

See Figure 5-2. Perform the following procedure to assemble each mast on the ground and attach the point B guy
ropes:
a. Near one of the mast base plates, assemble one plain mast section and three belled mast sections.
b. Lay the assembled mast sections on the ground so the plain mast end rests on the mast base plate and the
belled sections point towards the opposite mast base plate.
c. Slide the guy plate of the bottom guy assembly (no colored shrink sleeving) over the third belled mast
section so the tabs with the guy ropes are pointed towards the mast base plate.
d. Attach the fourth belled mast section to the third belled mast section.
e. Uncoil the bottom guy assembly ropes and extend them towards the a and b guy anchor points.
f. Attach the mast head cap of the halyard/top guy assembly to the top belled mast section with the halyard
rope facing the opposite mast place.
g. Uncoil the top guy assembly ropes and extend them toward the A and B guy anchor points. Do not allow
the any of the ropes to become tangled.
h. See Figure 5-3. Attach one halyard/top guy assembly rope and one bottom guy assembly rope to one of
the point B ground stake carabiners.
i. Repeat Step h for other point B attachments.
j. Repeat Steps a though i for other mast.

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PLAIN MAST ( * ) BELLED MAST GUY PLATE HALYARD/ MAST


SECTION (x1) SECTION (x4) TOP GUY HEAD
ASSEMBLY CAP
(RED SHRINK SLEEVING)

HALYARD OPPOSITE
TIE DOWN MAST BASE
HOOK PLATE
(*) (*) (*)

MAST
BASE HALYARD HALYARD
PLATE PULLEY ROPE
BOTTOM GUY
ASSEMBLY
(NO SHRINK SLEEVING)

TENSIONER 1912BETĆ016A
(ON EACH GUY ROPE)

Figure 5-2. Mast Assembled and Lying on the Ground

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GROUND
STAKE

CARABINER HALYARD/
GATE HINGE TOP GUY
ASSEMBLY
ROPE

CARABINER

BOTTOM GUY
ASSEMBLY
ROPE

1912BETĆ017A

Figure 5-3. Guy Rope Attachment to Ground Stake’s Carabiner

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5.4.5 Raise Masts and Attach Point A Guy Ropes


See Figures 5-4 and 5-5. Perform the following procedure to raise the masts and attach point A guy ropes.

CAUTION

Pulling the guy ropes too tight may cause undue stress on both
the ropes and the mast, and could cause equipment damage.
Leaving the guy ropes too loose will cause the mast to be
unstable, especially in strong winds, and could also cause
equipment damage.
NOTE
The person walking the mast must hold on to the halyards to
make sure each halyard faces the opposite mast.
a. With one person pulling on the point A guy rope (top and bottom) and the other person walking the mast
to the upright position, raise the mast.
b. While one person steadies the mast, attach one halyard/top guy assembly rope and one bottom guy
assembly rope to the point A ground stake carabiners.
c. While one person continues to steady the mast, slide each tensioner towards the top of the guy rope so
there is about 2 inches (5.1 cm) slack in all six of the guy ropes on each mast.
d. Depending on the terrain, the knot by the tensioner may need to be retied to keep the tensioner in reach.
e. Repeat Steps a through c for the other mast.

POINT B
GROUND STAKES

MAST BASE
PLATE
TOWARDS
POINT A
GROUND STAKE

1912BETĆ018A

Figure 5-4. Raising a Mast

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5.4.6 Attach and Hoist Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly

See Figure 5-5. Perform the following procedure to attach and raise Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly.

CAUTION

Do not allow the elements to become entangled with each other


or with the halyard, or damage to the antenna may result.

CAUTION

Leave some slack in the element assemblies to prevent undue


stress on the radiator assembly, or damage to the antenna may
result.
a. For each halyard rope, make sure the attachment loops are near the ground.
b. At each outer side of Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly, connect the black snap hook (black) to the top
halyard loop and connect the bottom snap hook (red) to the bottom halyard loop.
c. Use both halyards to hoist the Fan Radiator Assembly.
d. As the Fan Dipole Radiator Assembly reaches the desired height, make sure the Fan Dipole Radiator
Assembly is raised to equal heights on each mast and halyard.
e. Tie the halyards to the tie-down hooks on the mast base plates.
f. Slide each tensioner towards the top of the guy rope so there is about 1 inch (2.54 cm) slack in all six of
the guy ropes on each mast.
5.4.7 Connect MP1 Feedline Assembly to Coupler
Refer to Chapter 6 for the procedure to connect the RF-1912T antenna to the RF-382 or RF-2601 Antenna
Coupler.

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(*) HALYARD ROPE


HALYARD/
TOP GUY
ASSEMBLY
ROPE OPPOSITE
(**) MAST

BOTTOM GUY
ASSEMBLY
ROPE

HALYARD
TIE DOWN

POINT A
GUY STAKE

NOTE:
( * ) CONNECTION POINT FOR TOP ELEMENT
(BLACK SLEEVING)
( * * ) CONNECTION POINT FOR BOTTOM ELEMENT
(RED SLEEVING)

HALYARD/
TOP GUY
ASSEMBLY
ROPE

TENSIONER

BOTTOM GUY
ASSEMBLY
ROPE

TENSIONER
CARABINER

POINT A
GROUND
STAKE

1912BETĆ019

Figure 5-5. Raised Mast with Guy Rope/Tensioner Details

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CHAPTER 6

COUPLER CONNECTIONS

6.1 INTRODUCTION
This chapter contains the following:

• Antenna Configurations and Safety Precautions – Paragraphs 6.1.1 and 6.1.2

• Recommended Tools – Paragraph 6.2

• Coupler Connection Kits – Paragraph 6.3

• Preinstallation – Paragraph 6.4

• Coupler Connections – Paragraph 6.5


6.1.1 Antenna Configurations

The RF-1912 family of antennas is intended for use with the RF-382 (100 to 400 watts) Antenna Coupler or the
RF-2601 (1000 watt) Antenna Coupler, as tuning is required for broadband operation across the 1.6 to 30 MHz
frequency range. Depending on the manner the coupler connections are made, an RF-1912 Antenna can be
configured as either a horizontally polarized fan dipole for short to medium range skywave propagation, or as a
vertically polarized top-loaded monopole for short range groundwave and long range skywave propagation.
NOTE
Skywave propagation is frequency sensitive. Consult
customer-specific Maximum Useable Frequency (MUF) charts,
not included in this manual, in order to properly allocate
frequencies for communications coverage.
6.1.1.1 RF-1912 as a Horizontally Polarized Fan Dipole

A horizontally polarized fan dipole antenna is used generally for skywave communications coverage within a 50
mile (80.5 km) to 2000 mile (3220 km) range. Under 300 miles (483 km), the omnidirectional, high angle,
radiation pattern provides good performance for Near-Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) communications. Over
300 miles, signal reception improves at the broadsides of the antenna.
6.1.1.2 RF-1912 as a Vertically Polarized Top-Loaded Monopole

A vertically polarized top-loaded monopole is generally used for groundwave communications less than 50 miles
(80.5 km) and skywave communications over 1000 miles (1610 km). Maximum distance is dependent upon earth
conductivity and transmit power level used. The omnidirectional, groundwave properties of the monopole
configuration provide good performance for short range communications with mobile stations or other local base
stations.
NOTE
A good earth ground, including ground radials, is essential for
good performance of a vertically polarized monopole. See Figure
6-1 for example of radials. Refer to Chapter 7 for the installation
of the antenna ground system.

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1912BET-032A

Figure 6-1. Example of Ground Radials Used with Whip Antenna

6.1.2 Safety Precautions


The following are safety precautions which need to be adhered to while performing the procedures in this chapter.

WARNING

Only experienced personnel who have thoroughly read and


understood the supplied documentation should deploy this
antenna. Failure to do so could result in damage to the
equipment and could cause injury or death to personnel during
and after deployment.
Climbing masts could cause injury or death.
Touching electrical lines with any of the antenna parts could
result in injury or death.
Erecting antenna during electrical storm could result in injury or
death.
Verify that the transmitter is powered off, and that the antenna is
disconnected. Otherwise, injury or death may result.
Do not apply any power to the coupler until it has been properly
grounded. Otherwise, injury or death may result.
Inadequate grounding could result in equipment damage,
personal injury, or death.

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6.2 RECOMMENDED TOOLS


Recommended tools for making coupler connections are listed in Table 6-1.
Table 6-1. Recommended Tools
CAGE
Item Description Part Number
Code
1 Cross-tip Screwdriver, #2 X102 96508
2 3/8-Inch Combination Wrench OEX12B 55719

NOTE
For coupler hardware, refer to the tool lists in the RF-382 and
RF-2601 manuals.

6.3 COUPLER CONNECTION KITS

Ancillary kits are provided with each coupler and are listed in Table 6-2.
Table 6-2. Coupler Ancillary Kits Required
Parts Relevant to
Kit Part Number
This Chapter
RF-382 Ancillary Kit 10208-0002-07 Wing nuts to facilitate coupler connections.
RF-2601 Ancillary Kit 10257-0002 3/8-inch hardware needed for coupler connections.

6.4 PREINSTALLATION
Before beginning coupler connections, make sure checks and preparations have been made.
6.4.1 Checks
Check the following:

• Antenna has been unpacked and checked for completeness per Chapter 2.

• Site has been selected and preparations made per Chapter 3.

• Antenna has been erected per Chapters 4 or 5.

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6.4.2 Preparation of RF-382 Antenna Coupler


Refer to Table 6-1 for list of tools. To prepare installation, perform the following:
a. Place the coupler at the center of the antenna site per Figure 3-3.
b. If the RF-1912 Antenna is being connected to an RF-382 Antenna Coupler, locate the supplied antenna
bracket in the RF-1912/RF-382 Bracket Kit (6906-3115-01) and perform the following:

CAUTION

To ensure sufficient thread contact, do not include the lock


washers among the hardware used to secure the bracket and feet
to the coupler. Otherwise, damage to the installation could occur.
1. See Figure 6-2. Turn the RF-382 Antenna Coupler upside down.
NOTE
For couplers manufactured prior to the year 2000, the application
of heat may be necessary to remove the screws from the coupler
feet. They have Loctite thread sealant applied. Replacement
screws, with Vibra-Tite thread sealant applied, are provided in
the Bracket Kit (6906-3115-01).
2. Use cross-tip screwdriver (Item 1) to remove the two (2) screws, lock washers, and flatwashers that
secure the front feet to the RF-382 Antenna Coupler and save hardware.
NOTE
The RF-382 bracket can be installed so the RF-1912 mechanical
connection can be on either side of the RF-382. Make sure
clearance is available if other equipment is collocated with the
RF-382 (e.g. RF-351 base plate).
3. See Figure 6-3. Place antenna bracket on front feet of the RF-382 Antenna Coupler.
4. Use cross-tip screwdriver (Item 1) to replace the two (2) screws and flatwashers.
NOTE
Stow the lock washers for possible future reuse. Without the
bracket installed, the lock washers are needed to prevent the
screws from bottoming out in the coupler feet holes.

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SCREW

LOCK WASHER

FLATWASHER

FRONT FEET

HIGH VOLTAGE
TERMINAL END
OF COUPLER

1912BET-020B

Figure 6-2. Removal of RF-382 Antenna Coupler Feet

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SCREW

FLATWASHER

ANTENNA BRACKET
(P/O RF-1912/RF-382
BRACKET KIT)

FRONT FEET

HIGH VOLTAGE
TERMINAL END
OF COUPLER

1912BET-021A

Figure 6-3. Installation of RF-1912/RF-382 Bracket kit

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6.5 COUPLER CONNECTIONS


Refer to Table 6-1 for list of tools. Connecting the RF-1912 Antenna involves performing the following in the
order listed:

• Replace feedlines for RF-2601 Antenna Coupler only – Paragraph 6.5.1

• Make mechanical connections – Paragraph 6.5.2

• Make electrical connections – Paragraph 6.5.3

6.5.1 Replace Coupler Feedline for RF-2601 Antenna Coupler Only

The feedline assembly of the shipped RF-1912 Antenna includes high-voltage coupler feedlines intended for use
with the RF-382 Antenna Coupler. If the RF-1912 Antenna is being connected to an RF-2601 Antenna Coupler,
see Figure 6-4 and perform the following to replace the high-voltage coupler feedlines of the antenna feedline
assembly.
a. Remove the black plastic caps from the screw terminals of the bottom isolator.
b. Use 3/8-inch wrench (Item 2) to remove the two (2) nuts, two (2) lock washers, two (2) clear, plastic caps,
and two (2) flatwashers that secure the coupler feedlines to the bottom isolator.
c. Remove the coupler feedlines (6906-2115-015) from the bottom isolator. Stow for future use with an
RF-382 Antenna Coupler.
d. Place two (2) flatwashers on each stud before connecting the feedlines.
e. Connect the RF-2601 coupler feedlines (6906-2120-024), supplied in the spares kit (6906-3130-01), to
the bottom isolator and route so they are perpendicular to the side edges of the bottom isolator.

NOTE

The coupler feedlines must be oriented perpendicular to the side


edges of the bottom isolator to permit proper attachment of the
isolator clamp.
f. Replace one (1) flatwasher on each stud.
g. Replace clear plastic caps.
h. Use 3/8-inch wrench (Item 2) to replace the two (2) lock washers.
i. Use 3/8-inch wrench (Item 2) to replace the two (2) nuts two flatwashers.
j. Replace the black plastic caps onto the screw terminals of the bottom isolator.

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BOTTOM
ISOLATOR

COUPLER FEED-
LINE (x2)

CLEAR PLASTIC
CAP (x2)

LOCK WASHER
(x2)
SELF LOCKING
NUT (x2)
BLACK PLASTIC
CAP (x2)

FLATWASHER (x2)

1912BETĆ022E

Figure 6-4. RF-2601 Feedline Replacement

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6.5.2 Mechanical Connections

Perform one of the following to make the mechanical connections between the RF-1912 and either the RF-382 or
the RF-2601 Antenna Couplers.
6.5.2.1 RF-382 Antenna Coupler

See Figure 6-5 or 6-6. Perform the following to make the mechanical connections between the RF-1912 Antenna
and RF-382 Antenna Coupler:
a. Make sure antenna bracket has been installed on the RF-382 Antenna Coupler per Paragraph 6.4.2, Step
b.
b. Position the coupler slightly to the broadside (direction of communications) of the antenna elements with
the high voltage terminal under the RF-1912 feedline assembly.
NOTE
The snap hook at the bottom of the antenna feedline assembly
should nominally be level with the top of the coupler chassis for
proper connection.
c. Attach bottom isolator snap hook to the antenna bracket attached to the RF-382 Antenna Coupler.
d. Slightly offset the coupler from center in a direction perpendicular to the elements and in the broadside
direction (direction of communications) to remove excess slack in the feedline assembly.
6.5.2.2 RF-2601 Antenna Coupler

See Figure 6-7 or 6-8. Perform the following to make mechanical connections between the RF-1912 Antenna and
RF-2601 Antenna Coupler:
a. Position the coupler slightly to the broadside of the antenna elements with the high voltage terminal under
the RF-1912 feedline assembly.
NOTE
The snap hook at the bottom of the antenna feedline assembly
should nominally be level with the top of the coupler chassis for
proper connection.
b. Attach bottom isolator snap hook to the lifting eye on top of the RF-2601 Antenna Coupler.
c. Slightly offset the coupler from center in a direction perpendicular to the elements and in the broadside
direction (direction of communications) to remove excess slack in the feedline assembly.

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BOTTOM
ISOLATOR
SNAP HOOK

ANTENNA
BRACKET

GROUND
STUD

COUPLER
FEEDLINE

HIGH VOLTAGE
TERMINAL

COUPLER
FEEDLINE
1912BETĆ023A

Figure 6-5. RF-382 Connections – Horizontally Polarized Fan Dipole

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BOTTOM
ISOLATOR
SNAP HOOK

ANTENNA
BRACKET

COUPLER
FEEDLINE

HIGH VOLTAGE
TERMINAL
COUPLER
FEEDLINE

1912BETĆ024B

Figure 6-6. RF-382 Connections – Vertically Polarized Top-Loaded Monopole

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COUPLER
FEEDLINE

COUPLER
FEEDLINE
BOTTOM
ISOLATOR
SNAP HOOK

COUPLER
LIFT EYE

HIGH
VOLTAGE
TERMINAL

UNPAINTED
FOOT (COUPLER
GROUNDING POINT)

1912BETĆ025B

Figure 6-7. RF-2601 Connections – Horizontally Polarized Fan Dipole

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COUPLER
FEEDLINE

BOTTOM ISOLATOR COUPLER


SNAP HOOK FEEDLINE

COUPLER
LIFT EYE

HIGH VOLTAGE
TERMINAL

1912BETĆ026A

Figure 6-8. RF-2601 Connections – Vertically Polarized Top-Loaded Monopole

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6.5.3 Electrical Connections

Refer to Table 6-1 for list of tools. The following paragraphs describe the procedures used to make electrical
connections of either the RF-382 Antenna Coupler or the RF-2601 Antenna Coupler to the RF-1912 Antenna. For
either coupler, the RF-1912E Antenna and RF-1912T Antenna can be wired as a horizontally polarized fan dipole
or as a vertically polarized top-loaded monopole.
6.5.3.1 Horizontally Polarized Fan Dipole Configuration

See Figure 6-5 for the RF-382 Antenna Coupler or see Figure 6-7 for the RF-2601 Antenna Coupler. Perform the
following to make electrical connections for the horizontally polarized fan dipole configuration:
NOTE
The coupler feedlines are identical and interchangeable. Either
one of the coupler feedlines may be connected to either the high
voltage terminal or ground of the coupler.
NOTE
The RF-382 Ancillary Kit (10208-0002-07) includes two wing
nuts (10197-4412-06) which can be used to replace the standard
nuts supplied on the high voltage and ground stud terminals of
the coupler. The available wing nuts provide a faster means of
connecting the coupler used and RF-1912E or RF-1912T
Antennas.
NOTE
The RF-2601 Ancillary Kit (10257-0002) includes 3/8-inch
hardware for making connections to the unpainted foot of the
coupler.
a. Connect the lug terminal of one of the coupler feedlines to the high voltage terminal of the coupler
between the two flatwashers provided on the high voltage terminal.
b. If the RF-382 Antenna Coupler is used, connect the other coupler feedline to the ground stud using the
hardware supplied with the coupler.
c. If the RF-2601 Antenna Coupler is used, connect the other coupler feedline to the unpainted foot using
the hardware supplied with the coupler.

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6.5.3.2 Vertically Polarized Top-Loaded Monopole Configuration

See Figure 6-6 for the RF-382 Antenna Coupler. See Figure 6-8 for the RF-2601 Antenna Coupler. Perform the
following to make electrical connections for the vertically polarized top-loaded monopole configuration.
NOTE
The RF-382 Ancillary Kit (10208-0002-07) includes two wing
nuts (10197-4412-06) which can be used to replace the standard
nuts supplied on the high voltage and ground stud terminals of
the coupler. The available wing nuts provide a faster means of
connecting the coupler used and RF-1912E or RF-1912T
Antennas.
NOTE
A good earth ground, including ground radials, is essential for
good performance of a vertically polarized monopole. See Figure
6-1 for example of radials. Refer to Chapter 7 for the installation
of the antenna ground system.
a. Connect the lug terminals of both coupler feedlines to the high voltage terminal of the coupler between
the two flatwashers provided on the high voltage terminal.

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CHAPTER 7

GROUND SYSTEM INSTALLATION

7.1 INTRODUCTION
This chapter contains the following:

• Ground Radials – Paragraph 7.1.1

• Safety Precautions – Paragraphs 7.1.2

• Recommended Tools – Paragraph 7.2

• Ground System Installation Kits – Paragraph 7.3

• Prior to Installation – Paragraph 7.4

• Ground System Installation – Paragraph 7.5

The installation of a ground system is essential for both the safe operation and optimum performance of the
RF-1912 Antenna. The antenna coupler must be properly grounded in order to prevent the development of RF
voltages on the coupler chassis and degradation of antenna performance. All antenna installations must be
grounded in accordance with the local and national codes specific to the individual antenna site.
7.1.1 Ground Radials

The RF-1912 Antenna may be configured as a horizontally polarized fan dipole or as a vertically polarized
top-loaded monopole. For either configuration, providing a good coupler connection to earth ground is
fundamental to antenna performance. Ground radials are necessary when using a vertically polarized top-loaded
monopole as ground radials prevent radiated energy from being lost to ground absorption. Ground radials also
enhance radiation in the desired direction of communication with this type of antenna configuration.
NOTE
When using a horizontally polarized fan dipole, the use of
ground radials should be avoided as ground reflections can be
unpredictable and may adversely affect the desired antenna
radiation pattern.
NOTE
A good earth ground, including ground radials, is essential for
good performance of a vertically polarized monopole.

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7.1.2 Safety Precautions


The following are safety precautions which need to be adhered to while performing the procedures in this chapter.

WARNING

Only experienced personnel who have thoroughly read and


understood the supplied documentation should deploy this
antenna. Failure to do so could result in damage to the
equipment and could cause injury or death to personnel during
and after deployment.
Failure to use safety goggles (Table 5-1, Item 1) could cause eye
injury.
Touching electrical lines with any of the antenna parts could
result in injury or death.
Erecting antenna during electrical storm could result in injury or
death.
Verify that the transmitter is powered off, and that the antenna is
disconnected. Otherwise, injury or death may result.
Do not apply any power to the coupler until it has been properly
grounded. Otherwise, injury or death may result.
Inadequate grounding could result in equipment damage,
personal injury, or death.
Do not allow Epsom salt solutions to enter local water supplies
as environmental hazards could result.
Failure to use protective glasses and gloves when pouring
chemicals could result in personal injury.

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7.2 RECOMMENDED TOOLS


Recommended tools for ground system installation are listed in Table 7-1.
Table 7-1. Recommended Tools
CAGE
Item Description Part Number
Code
1 Safety Goggles 39-260 52346
2 1/2-inch Combination Wrench OEX16B 55719
3 6-Inch Adjustable Wrench AD6 55719
4 6 lb Sledge Hammer (supplied with Z90-0029-001 14304
RF-1912T)
5 Utility Snips 548-757 52346
6 Wire Strippers/Cutters 211-101 52346
7 Fine Grit Emery Cloth or Sand Paper -- --

7.3 GROUND SYSTEM INSTALLATION KITS

Ancillary kits are provided with each coupler and are listed in Table 7-2.
Table 7-2. Coupler Ancillary Kits Required
Parts Relevant to
Kit Part Number
This Chapter
RF-382 Ancillary Kit 10208-0002-07 Strap for grounding coupler.
RF-2601 Ancillary Kit 10257-0002 Strap and 3/8-inch hardware for grounding coupler.

7.4 PRIOR TO INSTALLATION


Before beginning ground system installation, refer to applicable coupler manual, locate the ground system parts in
the ancillary kits, and perform pre-installation checks.
7.4.1 RF-1912 Ancillary Kits

NOTE

Ground system installation material for the RF-1912E Antenna is


not supplied and is to be furnished by the customer.

Locate the ground rods and the ground ancillary kit provided with the RF-1912T Antenna (6906-3436-01).

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7.4.2 Checks

Check the following:

• Antenna has been unpacked and checked for completeness per Chapter 2.

• Site has been selected and preparations made per Chapter 3.

• Antenna has been erected per Chapters 4 or 5.

• Coupler has been installed and connected per Chapter 6.

7.5 GROUND SYSTEM INSTALLATION

Refer to Table 7-1 for list of tools. Connecting the RF-1912 Antenna involves performing the following in the
order listed:

• Ground rod installation – Paragraph 7.5.1

• Ground radials installation (if required) – Paragraph 7.5.2

• Soil treatment (if required) – Paragraph 7.5.3

7.5.1 Ground Rod Installation

See Figure 7-1. Perform the following to install ground rods:

CAUTION

Remove the coupler from the center of the antenna site while
driving the ground rod as damage to the coupler may result from
being struck by the sledge hammer.

CAUTION

Bronze coupling and driving stud should be used to prevent


damage to threads on the end of the 6 feet (1.8 m) ground rod.

NOTE

In dry, arid, climates, multiple secondary ground rods arranged


in a radial pattern around, and electrically connected to, the
primary ground rod closest to the coupler may be necessary. An
alternative may be to use Epsom salt solution to increase
conductivity (Paragraph 7.5.3). For a permanent site, where the
soil composition is sand, clay, or rock, a primary ground rod
extending 80 to 100 ft (24 to 30 m) into the earth may be
necessary.

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NOTE

Epsom salts, secondary ground rods, and ground rods extending


80 to 100 ft (24 to 30 m) are not supplied with the RF-1912
Antenna.
a. Using emery cloth, clean just below threads of 6-foot ground rod (1.8 m) and inside of ground rod clamp.
b. Place ground rod clamp on end of ground rod just below threads.
c. Use 1/2-inch combination wrench (Item 2) to tighten set screw.
d. Thread bronze coupling and steel driving stud on threaded end of ground rod.
e. Use adjustable wrench (Item 3) to tighten steel driving stud.
f. Place ground rod and components within 9 inches (22.9 cm) of the coupler’s grounding point.
g. Use sledge hammer (Item 4) to drive ground rod and components into ground. If ground is too hard to
drive ground rod, perform Steps a through g using 2-foot ground rod (0.6 m). (For 2-foot ground rod,
Epsom salt solution will need to be used [Paragraph 7.5.3].)
h. Use 1/2-inch combination wrench (Item 2) to loosen set screw on ground rod clamp.
i. Place flat braid through ground rod clamp on side opposite the set screw.
j. Use utility snips (Items 5) to cut flat braid to length required for coupler ground.
k. Place flat braid end on coupler ground so stud protrudes through braid.
l. If using vertical polarization, install ground radials in Paragraph 7.5.2.
m. For horizontal polarization, use 1/2-inch combination wrench (Item 2) to tighten set screw.

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RF-2601 RF-382

UNPAINTED FOOT
(GROUNDING POINT)

STEEL
DRIVING GROUND
STUD STUD

BRONZE
COUPLING

GROUND
ROD CLAMP

( * ) FLAT
BRAID
NOTE:
GROUND ( * ) IF GROUND RADIALS
ROD ARE USED, INSERT INTO
GROUND ROD CLAMP ALONG
SIDE OF FLAT BRAID

9 IN 9 IN
(22.9 CM) (22.9 CM)

1912BETĆ027B

Figure 7-1. Ground Rod Details

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7.5.2 Ground Radials Installation (If Required)

Ground radials are a necessary component of the ground system for a vertically polarized top-loaded monopole
since ground radials prevent radiated energy from being lost to ground absorption and, also, enhance radiation in
the desired direction of communication. The Ground Ancillary Kit (6906-3436-01) supplied with the RF-1912T
Antenna includes Phosphor bronze wire to be used for ground radials. See Figure 7-2 and perform the following
to install ground radials:

NOTE

All ground system installation material for the RF-1912E


Antenna is to be furnished by the customer.

NOTE

Ground radial installation in this paragraph is not intended to be


a substitute for secondary ground rods and radials.
a. Use wire stripper/cutter (Item 6) to cut the Phosphor bronze wire into four equal 50 ft (15 m) lengths.
b. Use wire stripper/cutter (Item 6) to strip 1 in (2.54 cm) of insulation from one end of each of the four
Phosphor bronze wires.
c. Feed the stripped ends of the wire along the side of the flat braid in the ground rod clamp.
d. Arrange the wire lengths in an equally spaced radial pattern from the ground rod.
e. Use 1/2-inch combination wrench (Item 2) to tighten set screw on ground rod clamp.
7.5.3 Soil Treatment (If Required)

Epsom salt (MgSO4) solutions can be used to increase soil conductivity in the immediate vicinity of an installed
ground rod. To make an Epsom salt solution, perform the following:

a. Dissolve five (5) pounds (2.3 kilograms) of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) in approximately five (5)
gallons (19 liters) of water.
b. Pour the solution into the soil surrounding the ground rod within a 12-inch (30.48 cm) radius.
c. Continue to add solution until a puddle forms on the surface of the soil.
d. After the initial soaking, water should be added periodically to keep the soil moist around the ground rod
clamp.
e. Re-treat soil with Epsom salt solution at least twice a year.

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GROUND
ROD
CLAMP

FABRICATED
GROUND RADIAL (x4)

1912BETĆ028A

Figure 7-2. Ground Radials Installed (Top View)

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DISASSEMBLY/STOWAGE

CHAPTER 8

DISASSEMBLY/STOWAGE
8.1 INTRODUCTION
This chapter contains the following:

• RF-1912T Antenna Disassembly and Stowage – Paragraph 8.2

• RF-1912E Antenna Disassembly and Stowage – Paragraph 8.3

The following are procedures on how to disassemble and stow the RF-1912T or RF-1912E Antenna.

CAUTION

Failure to clean mud and moisture from antenna parts after


disassembly could reduce life of antenna.
8.2 RF-1912T ANTENNA DISASSEMBLY AND STOWAGE
Connecting the RF-1912T Antenna involves performing the following:
a. Disconnect transmitter and ground system. Consult each procedure in Chapter 7 for guidance, and
perform the following:
1. Review safety precautions – Paragraph 7.1.2.
2. Obtain recommended tools – Paragraph 7.2.
3. Remove ground radials installed in Paragraph 7.5.2.
4. Remove ground rods installed in Paragraph 7.5.1.
b. Disconnect antenna coupler. Consult each procedure in Chapter 6 for guidance, and perform the
following:
1. Review safety precautions – Paragraph 6.1.1.
2. Obtain recommended tools – Paragraph 6.2.
3. Remove electrical connections made in Paragraph 6.5.3.
4. Remove mechanical connections made in Paragraph 6.5.2.
c. Disassemble RF-1912T Antenna. Consult each procedure in Chapter 5 for guidance, and perform the
following:
1. Review safety precautions – Paragraph 5.1.
2. Obtain recommended tools – Paragraph 5.2.
3. Lower and detach fan dipole radiator assembly installed in Paragraph 5.4.6.
4. Disassemble fan dipole radiator assembly assembled in Paragraph 5.4.2.

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5. Detach point A guy ropes and lower masts installed in Paragraph 5.4.5.
6. Detach the point B guy ropes and disassemble each mast installed in Paragraph 5.4.4.
7. Remove point B ground stakes, mast base plates, and extension plates (if used) installed in
Paragraph 5.4.3.
8. Remove point A ground stakes installed in Paragraph 5.4.1.
d. Stow items by performing the following:
1. Wind fan dipole radiator assembly per Paragraph 8.4.
2. Stow mast bag items listed in Table 2-8.
3. Secure the mast head cap to the winder, then wind the halyard/top guy assembly on one of the cable
winders.
4. Secure the guy plate to the winder, then wind the bottom guy assembly on one of the cable winders.
5. Stow auxiliary bag items listed in Table 2-9.
8.3 RF-1912E ANTENNA DISASSEMBLY AND STOWAGE
Connecting the RF-1912E Antenna involves performing the following:
a. Disconnect transmitter and ground system. Consult each procedure in Chapter 7 for guidance, and
perform the following:
1. Review safety precautions – Paragraph 7.1.2.
2. Obtain recommended tools – Paragraph 7.2.
3. Remove ground radials installed in Paragraph 7.5.2.
4. Remove ground rods installed in Paragraph 7.5.1.
b. Disconnect antenna coupler. Consult each procedure in Chapter 6 for guidance, and perform the
following:
1. Review safety precautions – Paragraph 6.1.1.
2. Obtain recommended tools – Paragraph 6.2.
3. Remove electrical connections made in Paragraph 6.5.3.
4. Remove mechanical connections made in Paragraph 6.5.2.
c. Disassemble RF-1912E. Consult each procedure in Chapter 4 for guidance, and perform the following:
1. Review safety precautions – Paragraph 4.1.
2. Obtain recommended tools – Paragraph 4.2.
3. Lower and detach fan dipole radiator assembly installed in Paragraph 4.4.5.
4. Remove halyards installed in Paragraph 4.4.4.
5. Disconnect dipole elements from feedline installed in Paragraph 4.4.3.

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6. Remove customer furnished guy rope and support structures, if necessary.


d. Wind fan dipole radiator assembly per Paragraph 8.4.
8.4 WIND FAN DIPOLE RADIATOR ASSEMBLY ON ITS WINDER
See Figure 8-1 for winder details. See Figure 4-1, for details on how elements are wound on winder. Winding fan
dipole radiator assembly involves the following:
• Rewind element assemblies per Paragraph 8.4.1

• Rewind feedline assembly per Paragraph 8.4.2


8.4.1 Rewind Element Assemblies
Perform the following to rewind the top and bottom element assemblies on the winder:
NOTE
Start winding each element at the Top Isolator (non-spring) end.
This will allow for easier deployment in the future.
NOTE
Wind bottom elements on the inner winders, and wind the top
elements on outer winders as shown in Figure 4-1.
a. Clip snap hook of one of the bottom elements to one of the four holes along the edge of the winder and
wind the bottom element on the inner winder. Clip the snap hook at the other end of the bottom element
assembly to a hole next to the wound cable.
b. Repeat Step a for the other bottom element on other side of the winder.
c. Clip snap hook (end without spring) of one of the top elements to one of the four holes along the edge of
the winder and wind the top element on the outer winder. Clip the snap hook at the other end of the top
element to a hole next to the wound cable.
d. Repeat Step c for the other top element on other side of the winder.
8.4.2 Rewind Feedline Assembly
Perform the following to wind the feedline assembly on the winder:

CAUTION

Do not twist or kink the twin lead cable as it could damage


cable.
a. Place Bottom Isolator snap hook in notch on winder so the plastic clamp on bottom isolator faces away
from winder.
b. Lay bottom isolator on winder.
c. Wind the coupler feedlines around either half of the twin lead winder.
d. Neatly coil twin lead around twin lead winder. It may be necessary to rotate the winder to coil twin lead
while walking towards top isolator end of twin lead.
e. Slide the top isolator into the clamp provided on the winder.

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APPENDIX A

SPECIFICATIONS

A.1 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Table A-1 provides the specifications for the RF-1912 Antennas.

Table A-1. RF-1912 Antenna Specifications


Function Specification
ELECTRICAL
Frequency Range 1.6 to 30 MHz with RF-382 or RF-2601 Antenna Coupler
RF Power Capacity 1000 Watts PEP or average
Input Impedance Compatible with RF-382 or RF-2601 Antenna Coupler
VSWR In accordance with RF-382 or RF-2601 Antenna Coupler specifications
Polarization Fan dipole configuration, horizontal for short-to-medium range skywave;
top-loaded monopole configuration, vertical for short range groundwave
or long range skywave
Elevation Pattern 2 to 12 MHz, Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) angles (See
Figure A-2.)
12 to 30 MHz, multi-lobed with low takeoff angles (See Figure A-2.)
Azimuth Pattern Omnidirectional
Take-off Angle See Figures A-1 and A-2
Power Gain 0 to 6 dBi depending on earth conditions and frequency (See Figures A-1
and A-2.)
Radiation Efficiency Nearly 100%
MECHANICAL
Connectorization Feedline terminal lugs connect directly to high voltage and ground
terminals of RF-382 or RF-2601 Antenna Coupler.
RF-1912E Antenna Deployment 5 to 10 minutes nominal for two trained people to unwind and assemble
Time
RF-1912T Antenna Deployment 30 minutes nominal for two trained people
Time
MECHANICAL – RF-1912E-AT001 Antenna Fully Assembled
Length Overall with element assembly springs relaxed, 71 feet 4 in (21.74 m)
maximum
Height Overall excluding lug-terminated feedlines, 24 feet 5 in (7.44 m) nominal
MECHANICAL – RF-1912E-AT001 Antenna on Winder for Transport
Length 18.25 inches (46.4 cm) nominal
Width 8 inches (20.3 cm) nominal
Height Approximately 3.5 in (8.9 cm) depending on windings
Weight 7 pounds (3.2 kg) nominal
MECHANICAL – RF-1912T-AT001/-AT002 Antenna Installed
Length Overall including mast guys, 105 feet (32.0 m) nominal
Width Overall including mast guys, 26 feet (7.9 m) nominal
Height Assembled mast sections only, 29 feet 10 in (9.09 m) nominal

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Table A-1. RF-1912 Antenna Specifications – Continued


Function Specification
MECHANICAL – RF-1912T-AT001/-AT002 Mast Bag
Part Number 6906-3410-01/-02
Length Fully packed, 81 inches (205.7 cm) nominal
Width Fully packed, approximately 10.5 inches (26.7 cm) depending on
packing
Height Fully packed, approximately 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) depending on packing
Weight Fully packed, 92 pounds (41.4 kg) nominal
MECHANICAL – RF-1912T-AT001/-AT002 Auxiliary Bag
Part Number 6906-3420-01/-02
Length Fully packed, 23 inches (58.4 cm) nominal
Width Fully packed, 13.5 inches (34.3 cm) nominal
Height Fully packed, 12 inches (30.5 cm) nominal
Weight Fully packed, 41 pounds (18.5 kg) nominal

2 MHz

4 MHz

8 MHz

16 MHz

1912BET-030

Figure A-1. Fan Dipole Radiation Pattern Over Average Ground

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16 MHz

8 MHz

4 MHz

2 MHz

1912BET-031

Figure A-2. Top-Loaded Monopole Radiation Pattern Over Average Ground

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REFERENCES

APPENDIX B

REFERENCES

B.1 HF PROPAGATION AND ANTENNA REFERENCES


The following listings are the leading sources of additional reference information on HF propagation and
antennas:

• Field Antenna Handbook, consulting report prepared by James A. Koch for the Department of Defense,
Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis Center, Annapolis, Maryland 21402; Report number
ECAC-CR-83-200

• The Radio Amateur’s Handbook, American Radio Relay League: Newlington, CT 06111; ISBN:
0-87259-160-3

• The ARRL Antenna Book, American Radio Relay League: Newlington, CT 06111; ISBN: 0-87259-414-9

• Reference Data for Radio Engineers, Howard W. Sams & Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana 46268; ISBN:
0-672-21218-8

• Basic Radio Propagation Predictions, CRLP-D, published monthly, US Government Printing Office,
Washington, DC 20402

• Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) C95.1-1991, IEEE Standard for Safety
Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Magnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz

• Rapid Communications in the Digital Age: Volume I, HF Technology, Harris Corporation, RF


Communications Division

• Web Sites

1. www.rfcomm.harris.com – Harris RF Communications web page


2. www.ngdc.noaa.gov/stp/iono/ionohome.html – Ionosphere data
3. www.ips.gov.au – Ionosphere data
4. www.sel.noaa.gov – Ionosphere data
5. www.ae4rv.com/tn/propflash.htm– An introduction to HF propagation
6. elbert.its.bldrdoc.gov– HF propagation prediction software (VOACAP and ICEPAC)

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REFERENCES

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RF-1912E/T
UNPACKING/PARTS LISTS

MP2 TOP DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSEMBLY MP2 TOP DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSEMBLY

MP3 BOTTOM DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSEMBLY MP3 BOTTOM DIPOLE ELEMENT ASSEMBLY

MP1 FEEDLINE ASSEMBLY

MP5 PART NUMBER LABEL

MP4 DIPOLE WINDER

1912BET-001A

Figure 2-1. RF-1912E-AT001 Fan


Dipole Radiator Assembly
(6906-3100-03)

2-5/2-6
RF-1912E/T
UNPACKING/PARTS LISTS

REMAINDER
ITEMS MP4, OF ITEMS
MP5, MP6

MP1
AUXILIARY BAG

MP2
LABEL
MP3 NOT SHOWN
MP7 HALYARD/
TOP GUY ASSY

MP4
MAST BASE MP6 MP8 BOTTOM
PLATE ASSEMBLY MP5
ANCHOR PEG GUY ASSY
BASE PLATE
EXTENSION 1912BET–005

Figure 2-7. MP2 RF-1912T-AT001


Auxiliary Bag Contents
NOTE:
(6906-3420-01)
REFER TO SEPARATE PARTS LISTS AND FIGURES FOR MP9, MP10, MP11, AND MP12

2-13/2-14
RF-1912E/T
SITE SELECTION

GUY STAKES ARE LOCATED AT POINTS MARKED A AND B

DIRECTION
B TO OTHER B
COMMUNICATIONS
15FT SITES 15FT
(4.6 M) (4.6 M)

13FT 13FT
(4.0 M) COUPLER (4.0 M)
120 120

120 120
A A

MAST AND MAST AND


120 BASE PLATE 120
BASE PLATE
LOCATION LOCATION

B DIRECTION
TO OTHER B
COMMUNICATIONS
SITES

7.5FT
(2.3M)

37.5FT
(11.4M)

15.5FT 75FT
(4.6M) (22.9M)

105FT
(32.0M)
1912BET-011B

Figure 3-3. Site Layout with Dimensions

3-5/3-6
RF-1912E/T
SITE SELECTION

TOP SNAP HOOK (SLEEVE)


SPRING RADIATOR OF WING NUT ISOLATOR FOR CONNECTION TO
(4 PLACES) TOP ELEMENT SNAP HOOK
(2 PLACES) SUPPORT STRUCTURE
ASSEMBLY (SLEEVE)
CONNECTED TO 34’–10” +3” –1” (2 PLACES)
(2 PLACES)
TOP ISOLATOR
(2 PLACES)

33’–5”  2”

21’ 4”  2”

RADIATOR OF SNAP HOOK (SLEEVE)


BOTTOM ELEMENT CONNECTED TO 34’–8.5” +3” –1”
ASSEMBLY TOP ISOLATOR SNAP HOOK (SLEEVE)
(2 PLACES) (2 PLACES) FOR CONNECTION TO
SUPPORT STRUCTURE
(2 PLACES)

23’ 9” +2” –3”


TWIN LEAD

BOTTOM
ISOLATOR

SNAP HOOK
FEEDLINES FOR FOR CONNECTION
CONNECTION TO TO COUPLER
COUPLER

1912BET-012A

Figure 3-4. Fan Dipole Radiator


Assembly Details with
Dimensions

3-7/3-8
RF-1912E/T
RF-1912T DEPLOYMENT

MAST BASE GROUND STAKE


PLATE B B
(SEE DETAIL A)
ANCHOR PEG
2 PLACES
(SEE DETAIL A)

15FT 15FT
13FT 13FT
(4.6 M) (4.6 M)
GROUND STAKE (4.0 M) (4.0 M)
(SEE DETAIL A)
120 120

120 120
15FT DIRECTION 15FT
A (4.6 M) TO DESIRED (4.6 M) A
COMMUNICATIONS
SITES
120 120
BASE PLATE 13FT 13FT
EXTENSION (4.0 M) (4.0 M) 15FT
15FT
(4.6 M) (4.6 M)

7.5FT 7.5FT
(2.3M)
B GROUND STAKE
B (2.3M)

75 FT
(22.9 M)

105 FT
(32 M)

DETAIL A
MAST
15FT BASE PLATE
(4.6 M) (OPEN SIDE FACING
CENTER OF ANTENNA)
30
ANCHOR PEG
NOTE: CARABINER (2 PLACES)
FACES MAST

GROUND STAKE
AT POINT A
1912BET–015b

BASE PLATE
EXTENSION
Figure 5-1. Mast Base Plate and Ground
Stake Positions

5-5/5-6
RF-1912E/T
DISASSEMBLY/STOWAGE

NOTES:
* BOTTOM ELEMENT IDENTIFIED

BOTTOM BY RED SLEEVING. ELEMENT NOT SHOWN FOR CLARITY


ISOLATOR * * TOP ELEMENT * * TOP ELEMENT IDENTIFIED
OUTER WINDER
(2 PLACES) BY BLACK SLEEVING. ELEMENT NOT SHOWN FOR CLARITY

TWIN LEAD * BOTTOM ELEMENT ELEMENTS WOUND BEFORE TWIN LEAD


INNER WINDER
(2 PLACES)

* BOTTOM ELEMENT
INNER WINDER
(2 PLACES)

HOLE TO SECURE
SNAP HOOKS OF
ELEMENT ASSEMBLIES
(4 PLACES)

TOP ISOLATOR

COUPLER
FEEDLINE
1912BET–029D

* * TOP ELEMENT
OUTER WINDER
(2 PLACES)
Figure 8-1. Winding of Fan Dipole
Radiator Assembly

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MARCH 2002
Rev. B

Antennas

RF-1912E/T
ANTENNAS

INSTALLATION/DEPLOYMENT
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