GVF 510 Course Specifications
SUMMARY: Core skills required by all fixed VSAT installers for accurate antenna alignment and prevention of major sources of uplink interference. Second edition: enhanced simulators, revised cross-pol technique, new materials covering cross-pol and line of sight, and updated and enhanced Quick Reference Sheet.
CERTIFICATION: Students who pass this course and the GVF Basic Hands On Skills Test will receive the GVF Basic Satcom Professional Certification. This course is also required as a pre-requisite for the GVF Advanced Satcom Professional certification and all GVF Satcom Professional Specialist certifications.
AUDIENCE: All installers, field technicians, and engineers who may be responsible for activating any type of VSAT terminal.
DURATION: Approximately 200 pages, requiring 5 days of study.
DELIVERY: Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student’s computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French are integrated throughout the course. Students may switch instantly between languages on any learning page, simulator, or exam.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES Understand why an improper VSAT installation can cause interference in the satellite. Assemble a basic VSAT. Correctly attach an F connector on an RG-6 cable. Understand latitude, longitude, satellite position, azimuth, elevation, pol angle. Aim the antenna towards the approximate satellite position based on local lat, long, and satellite long. Preset feed pol angle. Find the correct satellite using a typical meter. Point a small antenna accurately enough to minimize adjacent satellite interference. Adjust feed pol angle for best cross pol using uplink test in coordination with the satellite access center. Correctly decommission a VSAT to prevent it from making interference.
TESTS: Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz and simulator-based skills assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to satisfactorily complete the course.
REFERENCE MATERIALS INCLUDED: GVF Quick Reference Sheet for satellite field technicians; extensive glossary.
COST OF COURSE: 350 000 Fcfa