APC400 Antenna Controller Unit

Revision: A
March 21, 2008
APC400
Antenna Controller Unit
Operations Manual
Part Number: OMAPC400
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Table of Contents
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .vii
Purpose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Proprietary Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Safety Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Safety Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii
Technical Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix
APC400 Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
APC400 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Standard Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
APC400 Subsystems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Processing Subsystem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Resolver to Digital Subsystem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Limitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1-1
1-1
1-2
1-2
1-2
1-3
1-3
APC400 Interaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
APC400 Front Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LCD Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stop Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Soft Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Local/Remote Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Previous Key. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Alphanumeric Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
APC400 Back Panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Input Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Access Ports (J1, J3, J5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2-1
2-2
2-2
2-3
2-3
2-3
2-3
2-4
2-4
2-4
Start Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Install the APC400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Power On the APC400. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Configure and Test Motor Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Migrating Older Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Replace an APC100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Transfer APC100 Configuration to APC400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Configure APC100 DIP Switch Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Configuration & Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1
HOME Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Configuring APC400 Parameters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
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EDIT CONFIG Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
General Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
Antenna Control Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Loop Closure Control Parameters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-21
Configuring Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-21
GO TO POSITION Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22
Selecting a Satellite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22
Move the Antenna. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-23
Edit a Satellite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24
Add a New Satellite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-29
Delete a Satellite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-29
Manually Adjust the Positioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-30
MOVE ANTENNA Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-30
Jog the Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-30
Peak the Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-32
Clear Faults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-32
FAULT STATUS Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-32
Clear Latched Faults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-32
Clear Summary Faults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-33
Interfacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Legacy Serial Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
APCEDIT Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
APC100 Serial Communication Emulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SNMP Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6-1
6-1
6-1
6-2
Administration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Perform Administrative Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Backup System Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restore System Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restore System Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Update Software (Ethernet Port–J1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Set SNMP Parameters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Show Statistics for Serial Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Show Statistics for RDC Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reset System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Update Software via Serial Port (J3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7-1
7-2
7-2
7-4
7-4
7-6
7-8
7-8
7-8
7-9
APCEDIT Utility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1
APCEDIT Utility Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing the APCEDIT Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
APC400 Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
APC100 Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting the APCEDIT Utility Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
APCEDIT Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Error Messages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8-1
8-2
8-2
8-2
8-3
8-4
8-9
APC400 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1
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Physical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1
Environmental Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Electrical Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
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Preface
Purpose
Preface
Purpose
The purpose of this manual is to provide a detailed description of, and operating instructions
for, ASC Signal Corporation’s APC400 Antenna Controller Unit. Qualified personnel should
use this manual as a reference for proper operation of the APC400.
Proprietary Information
The technical data contained herein is proprietary to ASC Signal Corporation. It is intended for
use with ASC Signal Corporation equipment. Duplication or disclosure of the technical
information contained herein without the written consent of ASC Signal Corporation is strictly
prohibited.
Notice
The installation, maintenance, or removal of the hardware described in this manual requires
qualified and experienced personnel. ASC Signal Corporation installation instructions are
written for such personnel. Qualified personnel must perform proper installation and
maintenance of the equipment, and must verify the condition of the equipment at initial
installation and periodically thereafter.
ASC Signal Corporation is not liable or responsible for the results of improper or unsafe
installation and maintenance practices.
All designs, specifications, and availability of products described in this manual are subject to
change without notice.
Safety Symbols
The APC400 may have safety symbols on various system components. There are no operator
serviceable parts internal to the unit. Be sure to use extreme caution when operating the system
labeled with any of the following safety symbols:
Le système de l’antenne 1.2 mètres peut avoir symboles de sécurités sur plusieurs de ses
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Safety Summary
composants. Il faut utiliser une extrême prudence lors de l’opêration su système étiqueté par
n’importe quel symboles de sécurité suivants:
WARNING!
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK!
AVERTISSEMENT!
RISQUE D’ÉLECTROCUTION!
WARNING! Refer to manual.
AVERTISSEMENT! Se référer au manuel d’utilisation.
Additionally, the following safety terms may appear on the product:
En plus, les termes de sécurité suivants peuvant apparaître sur le produit:
• DANGER—Indicates an injury hazard is immediately accessible as you read the marking
and could result in loss of life.
DANGER—Signale, en ayant accès à ce marquage, un risque de blessure immédiat et qui
peut être mortel.
• WARNING—Indicates an injury hazard that is not immediately accessible as you read the
marking and could result in loss of life.
AVERTISSEMENT—Signale, en ayant accès à ce marquage, un risque de blessure non
immediat mais qui peut être mortel.
• CAUTION—Indicates a hazard to property, including the product.
PRUDENCE—Indique un risque pour l’environ du produit, le produit inclus.
The following safety symbols and terms may be used in this manual:
WARNING! Warning statements identify conditions or practices that could result in
injury or loss of life.
Risk of Electric Shock!
Safety Summary
The following general safety precautions are not related to any specific procedures. Therefore,
these precautions do not appear elsewhere in this manual. Personnel must understand and apply
these precautions during all phases of operation and maintenance.
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KEEP AWAY FROM LIVE CIRCUITS
Personnel must observe all applicable safety regulations at all times. Ensure power is
disconnected/removed from unit before replacing components. Potential hazards may exist
even though the power control switch is in the off position. Capacitors retain charges. Always
remove power and use test equipment to confirm that a circuit is at ground potential before
touching it. Never reach into or enter an enclosure to service or adjust the equipment until the
absence of power is confirmed.
DO NOT SERVICE OR ADJUST ALONE
Under no circumstances should any person reach into the enclosure for the purpose of servicing
or adjusting the equipment except in the presence of someone who is capable of rendering aid.
RESUSCITATION
Personnel working with or near high voltage should be familiar with modern methods of
resuscitation. Such information may be obtained from local medical personnel.
ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE PRECAUTION
This equipment contains electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitive devices. ESD sensitive
equipment handling methods and materials must be used to prevent equipment damage during
handling and servicing.
ESSENTIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
Refer to document “P/N 240117–Essential Health and Safety Requirements”.
Technical Assistance
For 24-hour technical assistance, contact ASC Signal Corp. by telephone or facsimile at the
following numbers:
Telephone:
1.919.329.8700
Facsimile:
1.919.329.8701
For access to additional support, contact information, and technical documentation, please visit
ASC Signal’s website at: www.ascsignal.com.
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APC400 Description
APC400 Overview
APC400 Description
This chapter provides an overview of the APC400 and includes the following sections:
• APC400 Overview on page 1
• Features on page 1
• APC400 Subsystems on page 2
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Processing Subsystem
–
Resolver to Digital Subsystem
–
Limitations
• Limitations on page 3
APC400 Overview
The APC400 Antenna Control Unit is an antenna controller that provides basic point,
maintenance, and optional tracking functions for small and medium-sized earth station
antennas. The APC400 provides the user with control over basic motorization kits for earth
station satellites by utilizing a simple liquid crystal display (LCD) front panel interface and
powerful software protocol options. The software protocols can be manipulated through
remote control.
At present time, the APC400 replaces the legacy APC100 Antenna Controller.
While the APC400 is designed to replace the legacy APC300 Tracking Antenna Controller, this
option is not currently available. Please contact your ASC Signal Corporation Sales
Representative for updated status of this option.
Features
The APC400 utilizes a host of standard features. In future releases, the APC400 can be
equipped with several optional features for more complex earth stations.
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APC400 Subsystems
Standard Features
The APC400 supports the following standard features:
• Motor control for two and three axis motor systems utilizing standard interface
• Two different motor speeds for azimuth and elevation axes
• Single speed polarization rotators
• Automatic positioning of antennas through pre-programmed look angles
• Operator control using an LCD panel and keypad
• Operator remote control through network and serial port-based communication
protocols, including legacy protocols and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
• 10/100 BaseT ethernet interface
• Serial port interface (multiple serial ports)
APC400 Subsystems
This section provides a high-level overview of the APC400’s subsystems. The APC400
includes the following subsystems:
• Processing Subsystem
• Resolver to Digital Subsystem
Processing Subsystem
The APC400 processing subsystem is a micro-controller that runs a Linux-variant operating
system. The physical processor is mounted onto a SIM card, and the SIM card is then installed
on a carrier board. The carrier board with the processor and SIM card is located at the base of
the APC400 chassis.
The processing subsystem includes the following interfaces:
• LCD panel and keypad
• Digital interface to the motor control subsystem
• Multiple serial ports for internal and external connections
• SD card for archiving and logging files
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Limitations
Note:
Do not remove the SD card from the APC400. Doing so will void your APC400
warranty.
RPI-4 Motherboard and Rear Panel Interface
The APC400’s motherboard and rear panel interface IV PWA (RPI-4) hosts and supports the
Arcturus ColdFire SBC. The RPI-4 provides control logic, buffering, and interface to the
APC400’s graphic display unit, front panel keyboard, auxiliary RS-232 serial connectors, and
ethernet interface connector.
The RPI-4 PWA implements post-voltage regulator circuits to provide 3.3V-DC power to the
SBC. Additionally, the post-voltage regulator circuits prevent short circuit conditions from
bringing down the entire APC400, allowing you to have continuous access to fault reports and
critical system information.
The RPI-4 PWA generates the -15V and +5V required by the graphics displays unit.
By hosting the SBC and handling conversions, buffering, and signal routing, the RPI-4 PWA
reduces and simplifies the APC400’s chassis wiring.
The RPI-4 PWA is easily replaceable, allowing easy changes to the interface for future
development or special site requirements.
Resolver to Digital Subsystem
The Resolver to Digital Converter (RDC-1) PWA provides an interface between the antenna’s
three resolvers and the SBC in the NBC ACU system. The RDC-1 reads the resolvers in raw
binary values, then converts the data to angular values for each axis and returns the values to
the SBC as commanded through a serial port. The RDC-1 also monitors resolver status.
The RDC-1 PWA is mounted inside the APC400 chassis, and it is easily replaceable, allowing
easy changes to the interface for future development or special site requirements.
Limitations
This section lists the APC400’s limitations. The APC400 is limited in the following ways:
• The positioner does not provide any input for fault conditions. Fault conditions include
exceeding hard limits, an overcurrent shutdown, and other miscellaneous faults.
• The APC400 (with optional tracking features) is designed to work with geosynchronous
satellites only. Use of the APC400 with dynamic satellites is not recommended.
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APC400 Interaction
APC400 Front Panel
APC400 Interaction
Before you install the APC400, read this chapter to familiarize yourself with the APC400 front
panel, LCD screen, soft keys and alphanumeric keypad functions, and access ports.
This chapter includes the following sections:
• APC400 Front Panel on page 1
–
LCD Screen
–
Stop Key
–
Soft Keys
–
Local/Remote Key
–
Previous Key
–
Alphanumeric Keypad
• APC400 Back Panel on page 4
APC400 Front Panel
The APC400’s front panel is an LCD screen with backlight and 21 push button keys. The
APC400’s front panel allows you to operate, configure, control, and monitor all aspects of the
APC400 and your antenna system. Figure 1 provides an illustration of the APC400’s front
panel.
Figure 1:
APC400 Front Panel
The APC400’s front panel has the following features:
• Power indicator—Green illumination indicates power is on.
• Fault indicator—Red illumination indicates a summary fault is present.
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APC400 Front Panel
• Microprocessor reset switch—Resets the microprocessor.
• Stop switch—Stops all antenna motion.
• Backlit graphic dot matrix LCD—User interface screen
• Function F1 through F6 keys—Function keys provide you with mode control and each
key’s function is indicated on the LCD.
• Local/Remote key—Allows you to select local or remote control of the APC400.
• Previous key—Allows you to return to the previous LCD screen and allows you to back
up the cursor when entering data/text on the LCD.
• Alphanumeric keypad—Allows you to enter alphanumeric text on the LCD.
• Display contrast adjustment—Allows you to adjust the LCD contrast.
LCD Screen
The LCD screen provides you with a comprehensive display of system status and alarms. Also,
the LCD allows you to interact, configure, and test your system. Figure 2 provides an
illustration of a typical HOME Screen.
The APC400 offers dozens of screens, which are detailed in Chapter 5, “Configuration &
Operation”. Each screen displays different content and system status.
At the bottom of the LCD are soft key labels, which indicate each soft key’s function on a
particular screen.
A label appearing on the upper left of the LCD indicates the current screen’s function.
A label appearing on the upper right of the LCD indicates that the APC400 is in Local or
Remote Mode.
Figure 2:
APC400 LCD HOME Screen—example
Stop Key
The stop key is located to the left of the LCD. The stop key stops the system’s movement and
functions in both Local and Remote modes.
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APC400 Front Panel
Soft Keys
Six soft keys, labeled F1 through F6, are located directly below the LCD. Each soft key
function is dependent upon the current LCD screen. A soft key function is clearly indicated on
the LCD directly above each key. If no indication appears on the LCD, then the soft key has no
function on that particular screen.
Some screens offer more than six functions. If more than six functions are available, the F6 key
indicates “MORE” to alert you. Pressing the F6 key provides you with the additional soft key
functions.
Local/Remote Key
The local/remote (LCL/REM) key is located to the right of the LCD. The LCL/REM key sets
control of the APC400 to local or remote mode.
In local mode, you can interact with the APC400 using the front panel and LCD only.
In remote mode, you can interact with the APC400 using M&C protocols and SNMP only.
Previous Key
The previous (PREV) key is located to the right of the LCD, just below the LCL/REM key. The
PREV key allows you to do the following:
• Return to the previous LCD without changing settings.
• Move the cursor back a space when entering text on the LCD.
Alphanumeric Keypad
Note:
The APC400 does not permit certain characters in a character string. If a
character is not permitted in a character string, the APC400 does not display the
character on the help list.
The alphanumeric keypad is located on the front panel, to the far right of the LCD screen. It is
used for numeric, alpha, and character data entry.
To enter a number, press the desired number on the keypad. The number appears on the LCD.
To enter an alpha character, press the key quickly to cycle through to the desired letter. As you
press the key quickly, the LCD displays the alpha characters as you cycle through them. Once
you reach the desired letter, wait until the cursor moves to the next character insertion point or
press another key to advance the cursor to the next character insertion point.
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APC400 Back Panel
APC400 Back Panel
The APC400’s back panel provides power and interface connections. Figure 3 is an illustration
of the APC400’s back panel.
Figure 3:
APC400 Back Panel
The APC400’s back panel includes the following:
• Input Power
• Access ports (J1, J3, J5)
• Auxiliary I/O (J2)—25-pin male connection
• Motor Control Output (J4)—Motor control cable connection, 50-pin female connection
• Resolver I/O (J6)—Resolver cable connection, 50-pin male connection
Input Power
The input power is a 100–250VAC, 1.5A maximum with a 1.5A maximum fuse. The APC400
uses a standard, detachable electrical cord.
Access Ports (J1, J3, J5)
The APC400 has the following three connection ports on the back panel:
• Serial Ports
–
Linux Console Port (J3)
–
M&C Protocol Port (J5)
• Ethernet Port (J1)
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APC400 Back Panel
Serial Ports
The APC400 has two serial ports located on the back of the unit and are labeled J3 and J5. The
J3 serial port provides Linux system console access. The J5 serial port provides M&C protocol
access.
Linux Console Port (J3)
The J3 Linux console port is used for maintenance activities, and does not support M&C
protocols. The serial port is standard nine-pin, female DCE EIA-232 connection.
The Linux console port communication parameters are fixed. Table 1 provides the fixed
communication parameters.
Table 1:
Linux Console Port Fixed Communication Parameters
Baud rate
9600
Data bits
8
Parity
None
Stop bits
1
M&C Protocol Port (J5)
The J5 serial port located on the rear of the APC400 is for the M&C protocol. The specific
protocol you use for your system is configurable. Additionally, other parameters, including
baud rate, are fully configurable. The serial port is a standard 25-pin male connection.
Ethernet Port (J1)
The APC400 is equipped with an ethernet port (J1). The ethernet port allows the APC400 to
function as a host computer over a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
network.
You can perform network setup from the APC400’s front panel.
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Install the APC400
Start Up
This chapter details how to start up the APC400 and includes the following sections:
• Install the APC400 on page 1
• Power On the APC400 on page 1
• Configure and Test Motor Control on page 2
Install the APC400
Note:
The APC400 is intended for indoor, controlled environment use only.
Before you start up the APC400, you must properly install and connect the system.
For detailed instructions on installing the APC400, please refer to the APC400 Installation
Instructions–Document Number 7577413.
For detailed instructions on installing the antenna’s motors, please refer to the Motor Kit
Electrical Installation Instructions.
WARNING!
BE CERTAIN TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE SURROUNDING SPACE FOR
VENTILATION BY TAKING CARE NOT TO COVER VENT OR COOLING
HOLE/SLOT IN THE UNIT’S COVER AND SIDES.
Power On the APC400
After you have installed the APC400 chassis and all of the electrical connections are made,
power on the unit.
Confirm the LCD screen on the front panel comes on. Please be aware that it may take up to
one minute for the APC400 to initialize once powered on.
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Configure and Test Motor Control
Configure and Test Motor Control
Note:
The Motor Control System should be configured and tested before configuring
APC400 parameters and satellites.
To test the antenna’s motor control, use the manual jog functions on the APC400.
As you move the antenna West (East in the Southern Hemisphere), the AZ display value should
increase. Resolver degrees increase as the antenna continues to move West (East in the
Southern Hemisphere) and decrease as the antenna moves East (West in the Southern
Hemisphere).
As you move the antenna up, the EL display value should increase. Resolver degrees increase
as the antenna’s EL continues to move up. Resolver degrees decrease as the antenna’s EL
moves down.
To test polarity, stand behind the antenna’s reflector. As you move the antenna polarity
clockwise, resolver degrees should increase. As you move the antenna polarity
counterclockwise, resolver degrees should decrease.
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Migrating Older Systems
Replace an APC100
Migrating Older Systems
The APC400 is a drop-in replacement for an existing APC100. The existing APC100 software
tools are used to upload your system’s current configuration and download your satellites
directly to the new APC400.
This chapter explains how to migrate the APC400 and includes the following sections:
• Replace an APC100
• Transfer APC100 Configuration to APC400
• Configure APC100 DIP Switch Settings
Replace an APC100
Before you begin to replace your APC100 and migrate to an APC400, make sure you have the
following equipment:
• One laptop or desktop computer operating with Microsoft Windows™ and is equipped
with at least one RS-232 serial port.
• The APCEDIT utility program. APCEDIT is a software utility providing interface
between an APC100 and a laptop/desktop computer. The APCEDIT utility diskette is
provided with the APC100. You can also obtain the APCEDIT utility at
www.ascsignal.com.
• One 25-pin serial port cable for the APC100.
• One 9-pin serial port cable for the APC400.
Transfer APC100 Configuration to APC400
You can transfer your current APC100 configuration to the APC400. Perform the following
procedures to transfer configuration information to the APC400.
Transfer APC100 Configurations to Laptop/Desktop Procedure
Perform this procedure to transfer APC100 configurations to your laptop/desktop computer.
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Replace an APC100
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
Confirm your APC100 is in REMOTE mode. If your APC100 is in LOCAL mode, toggle
the LCL/REM switch to enter REMOTE mode.
2.
Connect the 25-pin serial cable from your laptop/desktop computer serial port to the
APC100 serial port.
3.
Upload the satellite table data from the APC100 to your laptop/desktop computer.
4.
Save the satellite table data to your laptop/desktop.
5.
Upload the setup_data file from the APC100 to your laptop/desktop computer.
6.
Disconnect the 25-pin serial cable from the APC100 and your laptop/desktop computer.
PROCEDURE END
Enable APC400 to Emulate APC100 Procedure
The APC400 can emulate the APC100 using M&C serial interface. Perform this procedure to
enable the APC400 to emulate the APC100.
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Serial Protocol field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Serial Protocol field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select APC100.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
7.
If necessary, restart the APC400 to effect the changes.
PROCEDURE END
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Replace an APC100
Transfer APC100 Configurations from Laptop/Desktop to ACP400 Procedure
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
Confirm your APC400 is in remote mode. If your APC400 is in local mode, press the
LCL/REM key to switch to remote mode.
2.
Connect the 9-pin serial cable from your laptop/desktop computer serial port to the
APC400 serial port.
3.
Download the setup_data file from your laptop/desktop computer to the APC400.
4.
Download the satellite table date from your laptop/desktop to the APC400.
PROCEDURE END
Configure APC100 DIP Switch Settings
Note:
If you do not know the internal settings of the APC100, you may need to open
the unit to examine the internal settings.
The APC100 uses DIP switches to control several system settings. The APC400 does not use
DIP switches. Instead, the APC400 uses software to control system settings. You can configure
General Parameters to control system settings through the APC400’s front panel.
For detailed information on configuring General Parameters, refer to “General Parameters” in
the Configuration & Operation chapter of this document.
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Configuration & Operation
Configuration & Operation
This chapter details how to configure and operate the APC400, and it includes the following
sections:
• HOME Screen on page 2
• Configuring APC400 Parameters on page 3
–
EDIT CONFIG Screen
–
General Parameters
–
Antenna Control Parameters
–
Loop Closure Control Parameters
• Configuring Satellites on page 21
–
GO TO POSITION Screen
–
Selecting a Satellite
–
Move the Antenna
–
Edit a Satellite
–
Add a New Satellite
–
Delete a Satellite
• Manually Adjust the Positioner on page 30
–
MOVE ANTENNA Screen
–
Jog the Antenna
–
Peak the Antenna
• Clear Faults on page 32
–
FAULT STATUS Screen
–
Clear Latched Faults
–
Clear Summary Faults
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Configuration & Operation
HOME Screen
HOME Screen
When the APC400 starts up, a splash screen briefly displays on the LCD. After the splash
screen displays, the HOME screen automatically displays on the LCD.
Figure 1 provides an illustration of an APC400 HOME screen.
Figure 1:
APC400 LCD HOME Screen—example
The HOME screen serves as a top level status panel and provides soft keys for access to basic
system functions. The HOME screen displays the following information:
• APC400’s current control mode, Local (LCL) or Remote (REM). LCL or REM displays
in the upper right corner of the LCD.
• Azimuth, Elevation, and Polarization (Pol Skew) loft angle values, in degrees
• Status (Stat)
• Mode (Active or Standby)
• Antenna size (Ant)
• Time and Date—The time and date line is only present when there are no active system
faults. If a fault is active, then the time and date line is replaced with a list of active fault
codes.
• Satellite ID (Sat ID)—This line is blank if no satellite is selected.
Additionally, soft key functions/menus are available from the HOME screen. A soft key’s
function is indicated on the LCD screen directly above the key. The following soft key
functions/menus are available for the HOME screen:
• F1 SATs—Press this key to access the GO TO POSITION Screen.
• F2 MOVE—Press this key to access the MOVE ANTENNA Screen.
• F3 FAULT—Press this key to access the FAULT STATUS Screen.
• F4 CONFIG—Press this key to access the EDIT CONFIG Screen.
• F5 TRACK—Press this key to access the AVAILABLE FEATURE screen. This screen is
applicable only if you have purchased optional software features for use with the APC400.
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Configuring APC400 Parameters
• F6 ABOUT—Press this key to access the ABOUT screen. This screen provides copyright,
version, and revision information for your APC400.
Configuring APC400 Parameters
The APC400’s CONFIG menu allows you to configure system parameters. This section details
how to configure system parameters through the CONFIG menu.
EDIT CONFIG Screen
You can configure general parameters, loop parameters, antenna control parameters, and
administrative tasks from the EDIT CONFIG screen. From the HOME screen, press the
F4 CONFIG soft key to access the EDIT CONFIG screen.
The following soft key functions/menus are available from the EDIT CONFIG screen:
• F1 ANTCTL PARMS—Press to edit Antenna Control Parameters.
• F2 LOOP PARMS—Press to view Loop Closure Control Parameters.
• F3 TRACK—Press this key to access the AVAILABLE FEATURE screen. This screen is
applicable only if you have purchased optional software features for use with the APC400.
• F4 GEN PARMS—Press this key to edit General Parameters.
• F5 ADMIN TASKS—Press this key to perform Administration tasks, such as system
backup, restore, and reset from the ADMIN TASKS screen.
General Parameters
This subsection details how to configure the APC400’s general parameters (GEN PARMS).
Figure 2 provides an example of general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen.
Figure 2:
EDIT CONFIG General Parameters Screen—example
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Configuring APC400 Parameters
Note:
You may need to reset the APC400 for certain general parameter configuration
changes to take effect. If a reset is necessary, RESET flashes on the LCD screen.
Press the F6 RESET soft key to reset the APC400.
You can view/configure the following general parameters:
Note:
On the LCD, (absent) is displayed next to optional features that are not available
with your APC400.
1.
System Time (UTC)
2.
System Name
3.
Network Address
4.
Network Mask
5.
Gateway Address
6.
SNMP
7.
Serial Protocol
8.
Display Precision
9.
CPU Serial Number (view only)
10.
Software Key
11.
Norad tracking option (absent)
12.
Step tracking option (absent)
13.
Smart tracking option (absent)
14.
Intelsat tracking option (absent)
15.
Beacon option (absent)
16.
MAC (view only)
17.
Polarization Configured
18.
Azimuth Direction Wiring (view only)
19.
Motor Operation
20.
Motor Speed
The general parameters appear on the EDIT CONFIG screen in the order listed above.
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Configuring APC400 Parameters
System Time (UTC)
Note:
System time must be set in UTC (GMT) for correct astronomical calculations.
To configure the system time, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the UTC field (if not already selected).
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT TIME screen displays:
5.
Using the alphanumeric keypad, enter the date and time in the following format: Year
(YYYY)/Month (MM)/Day (DD), Hour (HH-24 hour clock): Minutes (mm): Seconds
(ss). When editing the time, enter a value slightly ahead of the current time to accurately
synchronize your system.
6.
If you make a mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry. Or, press F1 CANCEL
to clear all of the fields.
7.
Once you have entered the correct date and time, press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
System Name
To configure the system name, perform the following steps:
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Configuring APC400 Parameters
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the System Name field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The System name field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Using the alphanumeric keypad, enter a system name.
6.
If you make a mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry. Or, press F1 CLEAR
to clear the entire field.
7.
Once you have entered a system name, press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Network Address
To configure the network address, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Net Address field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Net address field on the EDIT IP ADDR screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the network’s IP address.
6.
If you make a mistake, press the F3 BACKSP key to erase the last entry. Or, press the
F1 CLEAR key to clear the entire field.
7.
Once you have entered the network address, press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Network Mask
To configure the network mask IP address, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Network Mask field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Net mask field on the EDIT IP ADDRESS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the network mask IP address.
6.
If you make a mistake, press the F3 BACKSP key to erase the last entry. Or, press the
F1 CLEAR key to clear the entire field.
7.
Once you have entered the network mask IP address, press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Gateway Address
To configure the gateway IP address, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display:
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Gateway Address field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Gateway add field on the EDIT IP ADDRESS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the gateway IP address.
6.
If you make a mistake, press the F3 BACKSP key to erase the last entry. Or, press the
F1 CLEAR key to clear the entire field.
7.
Once you have entered the gateway IP address, press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
SNMP
To enable or disable SNMP, perform the following steps (SNMP is enabled by default):
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Configuring APC400 Parameters
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the SNMP field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The SNMP enable field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select YES to enable SNMP, or select NO to disable
SNMP.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Serial Protocol
The APC400 can emulate the APC100 serial protocol. For more detailed information on
emulation, refer to the Interfacing chapter in this manual.
To enable this feature, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Serial Protocol field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Serial Protocol field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select APC100.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Display Precision
The display precision feature allows you to view AZ, EL, and Pol Skew angles in tenths (0.0),
hundredths (0.00), or thousandths (0.000) of degrees on the LCD.
To configure the display precision, perform the following steps:
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Configuring APC400 Parameters
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Display Precision field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Display precision on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select a display value (000.0, 000.00, or 000.000).
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
CPU Serial Number
When ordering optional features from ASC Signal Corp., you need to reference your APC400’s
serial number. To view your APC400’s serial number, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the CPU serial number field to view the serial
number.
PROCEDURE END
Software Key
Note:
To obtain a new software key, please contact your ASC Signal Corporation
salesperson. You need to have your APC400’s serial number for reference. See
CPU Serial Number instructions in this chapter to locate the serial number.
A software license key is only valid for the specific serial number to which it was
assigned. Each individual APC400 requires a unique software license key.
A software license key is not needed for APC100 functionality.
By changing the software license key, you can field install certain optional features as they are
purchased. When you enter and save the software key, the software downloads to the APC400.
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Configuring APC400 Parameters
To enter the software license key, perform the following steps:
Note:
ASC Signal Corporation recommends you save and/or record any previous
software license keys. If necessary, you can re-enter a software license key.
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Software Key (SW Key) field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The SW Key field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the software license key. If you make a mistake,
press the F3 BACKSP key to erase the last entry. Or, press F1 CANCEL to clear the
entire field.
6.
Once you have entered the software key, press F6 SAVE.
7.
At the EDIT CONFIG screen, press F6 RESET to reset the APC400. New features
should install once the APC400 reboots.
8.
Once you have completed the steps listed above, go to the GEN PARMS screen and
review the features to ensure that your system has the feature set you purchased with your
software license key. Features are listed as “installed” if they are available with your
APC400. Features listed as “absent” are not currently available with your APC400’s
software set.
PROCEDURE END
MAC
To view the current MAC, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the MAC field to view the MAC.
PROCEDURE END
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Polarization Configured
To edit the polarization configured feature, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Polarization configured field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Polarization configured field on the EDIT PARAMS screen
displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select yes or no.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Azimuth Direction Wiring
AZ direction wiring is viewable, but not configurable. To view the setting of AZ direction
wiring, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the AZ Direction Wiring field to view the setting.
PROCEDURE END
Motor Operation
You can configure the antenna’s motors to operate in concurrent or serial mode from the
APC400.
In concurrent mode, the AZ and EL motors can run at the same time. In serial mode, only one
motor can operate at any given time.
To configure motor operation, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Motor Operation field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Motor Operation field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select concurrent or serial.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Motor Speed
To configure motor speed, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F4 GEN PARMS. The general parameters on the EDIT CONFIG screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Motor Speed field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Motor Speed field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select dual or single.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Antenna Control Parameters
This subsection details how to configure the APC400’s antenna control parameters
(ANTCTL PARMS).
You can view/configure the following antenna control parameters:
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Site Latitude
2.
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3.
Site Altitude
4.
Site Name
5.
Antenna Size
6.
East Azimuth SW Limit
7.
West Azimuth SW Limit
8.
Up Elevation SW Limit
9.
Down Elevation SW Limit
10.
CW Polarization SW Limit
11.
CCW Polarization SW Limit
12.
Azimuth Offset
13.
Elevation Offset
14.
Polarization Offset
Site Latitude
Note:
It is not necessary to enter a site’s exact latitude and longitude. However, the
APC400 will automatically calculate many satellite look angles if you enter a
site’s exact latitude and longitude.
The APC400 is configurable for operation in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
The following functions are hemisphere dependent:
• “East” is a counter-clockwise direction in the Northern Hemisphere and a clockwise
direction in the Southern Hemisphere.
• “West” is a clockwise direction in the Northern Hemisphere and a counter-clockwise
direction in the Southern Hemisphere.
• Azimuth travel limits are centered on a range from 90 to 270 degrees in the Northern
Hemisphere and from 270 to 90 degrees in the Southern Hemisphere.
The APC400 automatically determines the site’s hemisphere once you enter the latitude and
longitude.
To configure site latitude, perform the following steps:
WARNING!
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IF YOU CHANGE LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE BY IMPORTING VALUES
USING APCEDIT, LOOK ANGLES AND POLARIZATIONS ARE
RE-CALCULATED!
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Site Latitude field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Site Latitude field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the site latitude. The +/- key changes the
hemisphere (Northern or Southern). If you make a mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase
the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Site Longitude
To configure the site longitude, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Site Longitude field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Site Longitude field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the site longitude. The +/- key changes the
hemisphere (eastern or western). If you make a mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the
last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
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Site Altitude
Note:
Entering the altitude is optional, but may be necessary for precise antenna
systems.
To configure the site altitude, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Site Altitude field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Site Altitude field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the site altitude. If you make a mistake, press
F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Site Name
To configure a site name, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Site Name field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Site Name field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a Site Name. If you make a mistake, press
F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
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Antenna Size
To configure the antenna size, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Antenna Size field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Antenna Size field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the antenna size. If you make a mistake, press
F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
East Azimuth SW Limit
Note:
Before configuring travel limits, you should first configure AZ, EL, and Pol
angular offsets, if necessary.
Configuring the APC400’s travel limits specifies the maximum normal travel range of the
antenna.
Set the East AZ, West AZ, EL Up, and EL Down limits. You should set these limits at least
two degrees inside the maximum physical travel limits. If your antenna has motorized
polarization (CW Pol, CCW Pol), set those travel limits, also.
To configure the East AZ SW limit, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the East Az SW Limit field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The East Az SW Limit field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the East AZ SW limit. If you make a
mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire
field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
West Azimuth SW Limit
To configure the West AZ SW limit, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the West Az SW Limit field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The West Az SW Limit field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the West AZ SW limit. If you make a
mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire
field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Up Elevation SW Limit
To configure the Up EL SW limit, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Up El SW Limit field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Up El SW Limit field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the Up EL SW limit. If you make a
mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire
field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Down Elevation SW Limit
To configure the Down EL SW limit, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Down El SW Limit field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Down El SW Limit field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the Down EL SW limit. If you make a
mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire
field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
CW Polarization SW Limit
To configure the CW POL SW limit, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the CW Pol SW Limit field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The CW Pol Limit field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the CW POL SW limit. If you make a
mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire
field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
CCW Polarization SW Limit
To configure the CCW POL SW limit, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the CCW Pol SW Limit field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The CCW Pol SW Limit field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the CCW POL SW limit. If you make
a mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the
entire field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Azimuth Offset
You can correct any resolver angular offsets by configuring the AZ, EL, and Pol offsets.
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To configure the AZ Offset, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Azimuth Offset field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Azimuth Offset field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the AZ offset. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Elevation Offset
To configure the EL Offset, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Elevation Offset field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Elevation Offset field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the EL offset. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Polarization Offset
To configure the POL Offset, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F1 ANTCTL PARMS. The antenna control parameters on the EDIT CONFIG
screen display.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Polarization Offset field.
4.
Press F4 EDIT. The Polarization Offset field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the POL offset. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
6.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Loop Closure Control Parameters
The loop closure control parameters are viewable, but not editable.
To view loop closure control parameters, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F2 LOOP PARMS. The EDIT LOOP screen displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to scroll through the loop parameters to view the values.
PROCEDURE END
Configuring Satellites
The APC400 supports storage of up to 64 satellites in the system. The APC400 can store a
variety of satellite information, including pre-programmed, fixed azimuth, elevation, and
polarization values. Additionally, you can store more sophisticated information, such as a full
set of orbital tracking parameters used with the tracking option.
The APC400’s SATs menu allows you to configure satellite information. This subsection
details how to configure satellite information through the SATs menu and GO TO POSITION
screen.
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Note:
In reference to Peak Values, if you change the antenna’s latitude or longitude,
Peak Values for ALL satellites stored in the APC400 are reset to zero (0).
If you change the AZ, EL and/or Pol, Peak Values are reset to zero (0) only for
the specific satellite you are configuring.
GO TO POSITION Screen
From the GO TO POSITION screen, you can add a new satellite, delete an existing satellite,
edit an existing satellite’s parameters, and command the antenna to go to a satellite’s position.
At the HOME screen, press the F1 SATs soft key to access the GO TO POSITION screen.
Figure 3 provides an illustration of the SATs/GO TO POSITION screen.
Figure 3:
SATs/GO TO POSITION Screen–example
The following soft key functions/menus are available from the GO TO POSITION screen:
• F1 GOTO—Press to Move the Antenna.
• F2—Up arrow key
• F3—Down arrow key
• F4 EDIT—Press to Edit a Satellite.
• F5 NEW—Press to Add a New Satellite.
• F6 DELETE—Press to Delete a Satellite.
Selecting a Satellite
To select a satellite, press the SATs soft key from the HOME screen. The Satellite Selection
screen (SATs) displays a list of all the defined satellites stored in the system.
For each individual satellite, the screen displays the following information:
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• User assigned satellite name
• Orbital longitude (Lon)
• Azimuth (Az)
• Elevation (El)
• Polarization (Pol)
To scroll through the satellites, press the up or down arrow soft keys (F2, F3).
You can edit a selected satellite by pressing the EDIT soft key.
You can add a new satellite by pressing the NEW soft key.
Once you have selected the appropriate satellite, press the MOVE soft key. The system seeks
the selected satellite. The APC400 automatically returns to the HOME screen.
Move the Antenna
To move the antenna to a specific satellite, perform the following steps:
Note:
If the selected satellite has previously peaked, the antenna moves to the peaked
position. If the satellite has not peaked, the antenna moves to the satellite’s
nominal position.
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. Available satellites on the GO TO POS screen
display.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select a satellite.
3.
Press F1 GOTO. The MOVE ANTENNA? confirmation screen displays.
4.
Press F1 YES to move the antenna to the selected satellite. Press F6 NO to cancel and
return to the GO TO POS screen.
5.
The antenna moves to the selected satellite and the APC400 automatically returns to the
HOME screen.
PROCEDURE END
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Edit a Satellite
Note:
When you edit any system information, create a new backup of the system.
You can edit a satellite’s parameters from the EDIT SATELLITE screen. Figure 4 provides an
example of the EDIT SATELLITE screen.
Figure 4:
EDIT SATELLITE Screen—example
You can configure/view the following satellite parameters:
1.
Satellite/Position Name
2.
Longitude
3.
Polarization
4.
Azimuth
5.
Elevation
6.
Polarization Skew
7.
Peak Azimuth
8.
Peak Elevation
9.
Peak Polarization
Satellite/Position Name
To edit the Satellite/Position Name, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to edit.
3.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
4.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Sat/Pos Name field.
5.
Press F4 EDIT. The Sat/Pos Name field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
6.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a satellite name and/or position. If you make a
mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire
field.
7.
Once you have entered a name/position, press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Longitude
To configure a satellite’s longitude, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to edit.
3.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
4.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Longitude field.
5.
Press F4 EDIT. The Longitude field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
6.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a longitude value. If you make a mistake, press
F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
7.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Polarization
To configure a satellite’s POL, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to edit.
3.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
4.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Polarization (Sat) field.
5.
Press F4 EDIT. The Polarization field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
6.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a polarization value. If you make a mistake, press
F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
7.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Azimuth
To configure a satellite’s AZ, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to edit.
3.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
4.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Azimuth field.
5.
Press F4 EDIT. The Azimuth field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
6.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter an azimuth value. If you make a mistake, press
F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
7.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Elevation
To configure a satellite’s EL, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to edit.
3.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
4.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Elevation field.
5.
Press F4 EDIT. The Elevation field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
6.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter an elevation value. If you make a mistake, press
F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
7.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Polarization Skew
To configure a satellite’s POL Skew, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to edit.
3.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
4.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Polarization Skew field.
5.
Press F4 EDIT. The Polarization Skew field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
6.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a polarization skew value. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
7.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Peak Azimuth
To configure a satellite’s peak azimuth, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to edit.
3.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
4.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Peak Azimuth field.
5.
Press F4 EDIT. The Peak Azimuth field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
6.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a peak azimuth value. If you make a mistake, press
F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
7.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Peak Elevation
To configure a satellite’s peak elevation, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to edit.
3.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
4.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Peak Elevation field.
5.
Press F4 EDIT. The Peak Elevation field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
6.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a peak elevation value. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
7.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Peak Polarization
To configure a satellite’s peak polarization, perform the following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to edit.
3.
Press F4 EDIT. The EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
4.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Peak Polarization field.
5.
Press F4 EDIT. The Peak Polarization field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
6.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a peak polarization value. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
7.
Press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Add a New Satellite
To add a new satellite, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Press F5 NEW. A list of satellite parameters on the EDIT SATELLITE screen displays.
3.
Enter all of the new satellite’s parameters as described in the Edit a Satellite section of
this chapter.
PROCEDURE END
Delete a Satellite
To delete an existing satellite from the APC400, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F1 SATs. The GO TO POS screen displays.
2.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the satellite you want to delete.
3.
Press F6 DELETE. The DELETE SATELLITE? confirmation screen displays.
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4.
Press F1 YES to delete the selected satellite. Press F6 NO to cancel the request and return
to the GO TO POS screen.
PROCEDURE END
Manually Adjust the Positioner
You can manually adjust the positioner by jogging or peaking the antenna with the APC400.
MOVE ANTENNA Screen
From the MOVE ANTENNA screen, you can either manually jog the antenna, or manually
designate a position for the antenna to move to.
To access the MOVE ANTENNA screen, press F2 MOVE from the HOME screen.
The following soft key functions/menus are available from the MOVE ANTENNA screen:
• F2 JOG—Press to Jog the Antenna.
• F5 POS DESIG—Press to Designate Antenna Position.
Jog the Antenna
To manually jog the antenna, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F2 MOVE. The MOVE ANTENNA screen displays.
2.
Press F2 JOG. The JOG screen displays.
3.
Press the corresponding function soft key for the direction you want to move the antenna:
–
F1 AZ EAST
–
F2 AZ WEST
–
F3 EL UP
–
F4 EL DOWN
– F5 POL CCW
–
4.
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F6 POL CW
You can change the speed at which the antenna moves. To toggle the antenna speed
between fast and slow, press 1 on the alphanumeric keypad.
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5.
After you have jogged the antenna to the desired position, you can press 9 on the
alphanumeric keypad to save the peak. (See Peak the Antenna for more information.)
PROCEDURE END
Designate Antenna Position
You can designate a position for the antenna to move to by manually entering the AZ, EL, and
Pol values. To manually designate the antenna’s position, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F2 MOVE. The MOVE ANTENNA screen displays.
2.
Press F5 POS DESIG. The POSITION DESIGNATE screen displays.
3.
To configure the AZ value, use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Azimuth field. Press
F5 EDIT. The Azimuth field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
4.
Enter a value for the Azimuth. If you make a mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last
entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
5.
Press F6 SAVE. The POSITION DESIGNATE screen displays.
6.
To configure the EL value, use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Elevation field. Press
F5 EDIT. The Elevation field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
7.
Enter a value for the Elevation. If you make a mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the
last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
8.
Press F6 SAVE. The POSITION DESIGNATE screen displays.
9.
To configure the Pol value, use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Polarization field.
Press F5 EDIT. The Polarization field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
10.
Enter a value for the Polarization. If you make a mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the
last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
11.
Press F6 SAVE. The POSITION DESIGNATE screen displays.
12.
Press F6 GOTO. The antenna moves to the AZ, EL, and Pol locations you manually
designated.
PROCEDURE END
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Clear Faults
Peak the Antenna
Note:
Manually peaking the antenna requires you to have a spectrum analyzer (or
other equipment) not supplied with the APC400.
To manually peak the antenna, use the APC400’s JOG functions. Once the desired peak is
reached, press the 9 key on the alphanumeric keypad to save the peak angle. The peak angle is
then used as a starting point for the antenna when locating a satellite.
Clear Faults
FAULT STATUS Screen
The APC400 has a fault/alarm recording system that latches faults and allows for user
acknowledgement of faults. A latched fault is a fault that has occurred one or more times, but
is not currently an active fault.
When the APC400 detects a fault, the Date and Time display on the HOME screen is replaced
with a display of an abbreviated list of detected faults. If multiple faults are detected, the system
slowly scrolls a text list of faults across the LCD. The APC400 displays only active,
unacknowledged faults.
You can acknowledge a fault using the FAULT screen. Once a fault is acknowledged, it no
longer triggers a summary alarm, and it no longer displays on the HOME screen. If the same
fault clears and then reoccurs, a new summary alarm is triggered and the fault displays on the
HOME screen.
Clear Latched Faults
To clear latched faults, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F3 FAULT. The FAULT STATUS screen displays.
2.
Press F2 CLRLAT to acknowledge and clear latched faults.
PROCEDURE END
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Clear Summary Faults
To clear summary faults and turn off summary fault relay until a fault reoccurs or a new fault
occurs, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F3 FAULT. The FAULT STATUS screen displays.
2.
Press F4 CLRSUM to acknowledge and clear summary faults.
PROCEDURE END
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Interfacing
Legacy Serial Interface
Interfacing
This chapter details communication interfaces with the APC400 and includes the following
sections:
• Legacy Serial Interface on page 1
• SNMP Interface on page 2
Legacy Serial Interface
The APC400 can emulate an APC100 antenna controller. To configure the APC400 for
APC100 serial protocol emulation, see “Serial Protocol” on page 8 of Configuration and
Operation.
APCEDIT Utility
The APC400 is compatible with the APCEDIT Utility. APCEDIT allows you to upload
APC100 parameters to a PC, then transfer and save them to the APC400. For detailed
instructions on using APCEDIT, refer to the APCEDIT Utility chapter.
APC100 Serial Communication Emulation
When the APC400 emulates an APC100, it implements the serial protocol described in Chapter
7 of the APC100 Operation and Maintenance Manual. However, the APC400 does operate
differently during APC100 emulation in the following ways:
• The APC100 uses “resolver units” (also known as binary angular measurements)
throughout the protocol. The APC400 simulates these resolver units during APC100
emulation, as resolver units are not a part of the APC400’s internal architecture. As a
result, there are some small rounding-off errors (+/- 1 bit) in values echoed back to the
controller after a save is performed.
• The MOTION bit (7.E.2) is emulated approximately. The timing given in the APC100
Operation and Maintenance Manual is not applicable for APC400 emulation of an
APC100.
• The MOTION INHIBIT bit (7.E.10) is not applicable when the APC400 emulates an
APC100, as the feature is not part of the APC400 hardware.
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• SETUP DATA UPDATE REQUIRED and POSITION DATA UPDATE REQUIRED are
emulated and are not persistent across APC400 restarts.
• DOWNLOAD SETUP may trigger the SETUP DATA UPDATE REQUIRED flag. Since
data is converted between unit systems during emulation, it is recommended that you
re-upload the parameters if the flag is triggered to resolve any issues.
• Emulation follows APC100 v2.11, even if the device is not running v2.11. Specifically, the
SWITCH STATUS message format varies the byte order so that instead of being sent as
bytes {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}, the actual order is sent {0, 1, 3, 4, 5, 2, 6}.
SNMP Interface
The APC400 includes an implementation of the Simple Network Management Protocol
(SNMP), versions 1 and 2c.
Note:
The APC400 does not support SNMP v3.
The SNMP agent does not start unless the SNMP parameters are configured.
Note:
You MUST restart the APC400 for SNMP parameter changes to take effect.
Prior to setting up SNMP parameters, you must have the following information:
• SNMP Manager Address
• SNMP Trap Address
• SNMP System Location
• SNMP System Contact
ASC Signal recommends you obtain the information listed above from your network
administrator before attempting to set up SNMP.
For detailed instructions on setting SNMP parameters through the APC400 front panel, refer
to the “Set SNMP Parameters” on page 6 of Administration.
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Administration
This chapter details common administrative tasks for the APC400 and includes the following
sections:
• Perform Administrative Tasks on page 1
–
Backup System Configuration
–
Restore System Configuration
–
Restore System Defaults
–
Update Software (Ethernet Port–J1)
–
Set SNMP Parameters
–
Show Statistics for Serial Port
–
Show Statistics for RDC Port
–
Reset System
• Update Software via Serial Port (J3) on page 9
Perform Administrative Tasks
APC400 administrative tasks are performed from the ADMIN TASKS menu. To access this
screen, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
From the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
PROCEDURE END
You can perform/view the following admin tasks from the ADMIN TASKS menu:
1.
Backup System Configuration
2.
Restore System Configuration
–
Restore a System Configuration
–
Delete a System Configuration
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3.
Restore System Defaults
4.
Update Software (Ethernet Port–J1)
5.
Set SNMP Parameters
6.
Show Statistics for Serial Port
7.
Show Statistics for RDC Port
8.
Reset System
Backup System Configuration
The APC400 allows you to save multiple backup system configurations. ASC Signal Corp.
recommends you save a backup system configuration any time you make changes to the
system/parameters.
You can restore a backup system configuration when necessary.
To create and save a backup system configuration, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Backup System Configuration field.
4.
Press F4 SELECT. The CREATE BACKUP screen displays.
5.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a configuration name your system backup file. If
you make a mistake, press the F3 BACKSP key to erase the last entry, or the F1 CLEAR
key to clear the entire field.
6.
Once you have entered a configuration name, press F6 SAVE.
PROCEDURE END
Restore System Configuration
You can restore a saved system configuration if the need arises. Additionally, you can delete
backup system configurations that are no longer needed.
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Restore a System Configuration
To restore a saved system configuration, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Restore System Configurations field.
4.
Press F4 SELECT. The RESTORE CONFIG menu displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Configuration Name you want to restore.
6.
Press F1 LOAD. A confirmation screen displays.
7.
Press F1 YES to restore the requested configuration. Press F6 NO to cancel the request
and return to the RESTORE CONFIG screen.
8.
The APC400 resets and restores the saved configuration you requested.
PROCEDURE END
Delete a System Configuration
To delete a backup system configuration you no longer need, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Restore System Configurations field.
4.
Press F4 SELECT. The RESTORE CONFIG menu displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Configuration Name you want to delete.
6.
Press F4 DELETE. The DELETE ARCHIVE confirmation screen displays.
7.
Press F1 YES to delete the backup system configuration. Press F6 NO to cancel the
delete request and return to the RESTORE CONFIG screen.
PROCEDURE END
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Restore System Defaults
To restore factory defaults, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Restore System to Defaults field.
4.
Press F4 SELECT. The RESET TO FACTORY confirmation screen displays.
5.
Press F1 YES to restore factory defaults. Press F6 NO to cancel the request and return to
the ADMIN TASKS screen.
PROCEDURE END
Update Software (Ethernet Port–J1)
From time to time, you may find it necessary to download software updates to your APC400.
You can download software using the APC400’s ethernet port.
The APC400 supports several methods by which you can download software through the
ethernet port. The simplest method is by using Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP), and this
is the method of software download documented in this section.
You can also download software through the serial port. Refer to Update Software via Serial
Port (J3) in this chapter for details.
To update software from the APC400 front panel, perform the following steps:
Note:
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Downloading new software causes the APC400 to reboot. Ensure that the
APC400 is in Standby mode before you proceed to download software.
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Update Software (Ethernet) field.
4.
Press F4 SELECT. The UPDATE FIRMWARE screen displays.
5.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Image Name field.
6.
Press F4 EDIT. The Image Name field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
7.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the new software file name to download. If you
make a mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear
the entire field.
8.
Once you have entered the software file name, press F6 SAVE. The UPDATE
FIRMWARE screen displays.
9.
Confirm the TFTP server address is correct. If the TFTP server address is correct, proceed
to Step 14. If the address needs to be changed, go to the next step.
10.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the TFTP server addr field.
11.
Press F4 EDIT. The TFTP server addr field on the EDIT IP ADDR screen displays.
12.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the TFTP server address. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
13.
Press F6 SAVE. The UPDATE FIRMWARE screen displays.
14.
Press F6 UPDATE to download the new software to the APC400.
PROCEDURE END
The APC400’s ethernet port connectivity allows you to telnet to the ADMIN TASKS menu.
To access the ADMIN TASKS menu and download software via telnet, perform the following
steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
Login to the admin shell via serial port or telnet.
2.
Confirm the TFTP server address that contains the new software is displayed on the
menu.
3.
Enter the new software file name onto the TFTP server.
4.
Press <RETURN> (Download a New Image).
5.
If you are sure you want to continue, enter a y, then press <RETURN>.
6.
At this point, the APC400 reboot process logs you out. If the TFTP server is on the local
network, the download and reboot process takes 1–3 minutes, depending on network
traffic.
PROCEDURE END
Set SNMP Parameters
To enable the SNMP agent, you must configure SNMP parameters.
Prior to setting up SNMP parameters, you must have the following information:
• SNMP Manager Address
• SNMP Trap Address
• SNMP System Location
• SNMP System Contact
To configure the SNMP parameters, perform the following steps:
Note:
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You must restart the APC400 for SNMP parameter changes to take effect.
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Set SNMP Parameters field.
4.
Press F4 SELECT. The SNMP parameters field on the EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
5.
To set the location address, use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Location field.
6.
Press F4 EDIT. The Location field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
7.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the SNMP system location. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
8.
Press F6 SAVE. The SNMP parameters field on the EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
9.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Contact field.
10.
Press F4 EDIT. The Contact field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
11.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the SNMP system contact. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
12.
Press F6 SAVE. The SNMP parameters field on the EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
13. Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the SysName field.
14.
Press F4 EDIT. The SysName field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
15.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter the SNMP system name. If you make a mistake,
press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire field.
16.
Press F6 SAVE. The SNMP Parameters field on the EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
17.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the TrapCS field.
18.
Press F4 EDIT. The TrapCS field on the EDIT PARAMS screen displays.
19.
Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a value for the SNMP trap address. If you make a
mistake, press F3 BACKSP to erase the last entry, or press F1 CLEAR to clear the entire
field.
20.
Press F6 SAVE.
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21.
Execute a system reset. The SNMP parameters should take effect once the APC400
reboots.
PROCEDURE END
Show Statistics for Serial Port
You can view (not edit) serial port statistics. To view the statistics, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Show Statistics for Serial Port field.
4.
Press F4 SELECT. The Serial Counts screen displays.
5.
To clear the statistics, press F2 CLEAR.
PROCEDURE END
Show Statistics for RDC Port
You can view (not edit) RDC port statistics. To view the statistics, perform the following steps:
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the Show Statistics for Serial Port field.
4.
Press F4 SELECT. The RDC Counts screen displays.
5.
To clear the statistics, press F2 CLEAR.
PROCEDURE END
Reset System
You can reset the APC400 from the ADMIN TASKS screen. To reset the system, perform the
following steps:
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PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
At the HOME screen, press F4 CONFIG. The EDIT CONFIG screen displays.
2.
Press F5 ADMIN TASKS. The ADMIN TASKS menu displays.
3.
Use the arrow keys (F2, F3) to select the RESET SYSTEM field.
4.
Press F4 SELECT. The RESET? confirmation screen appears.
5.
Press F1 YES to reset the system. Press F6 NO to cancel the request and return to the
ADMIN TASKS screen.
PROCEDURE END
Update Software via Serial Port (J3)
Note:
You will need to contact ASC Signal Corp. to obtain the APC400 software and
download utility before you perform the procedure detailed in this section.
If the ethernet port is unavailable, a network host computer is offline, or the APC400’s software
is compromised, you can download software via the APC400’s console serial port (J3).
To download software, perform the following procedure:
Note:
Downloading new software causes the APC400 to reboot. Ensure that the
APC400 is in Standby mode before you proceed to download software.
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
Connect a straight-through serial cable between the PC’s Com port and the APC400’s
Serial port (J3).
2.
Power off the APC400.
3.
Start the APC400 software and download utility by double-clicking the
7575170_REV_x_REZAP icon on your PC. (The x in the icon name refers to the
software revision.)
4.
Power on the APC400.
5.
Allow the “zapper” utility to run. The program automatically loads the software and
makes basic checks. Note that the download program does NOT configure the system to
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run. The process may take up to seven minutes. When the process is complete, the
following pop-up window displays on the PC:
6.
Disconnect the serial cable.
7.
Cycle power on the APC400.
PROCEDURE END
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APCEDIT Utility
APCEDIT Utility Overview
APCEDIT Utility
This chapter details the APCEDIT Utility and includes the following sections:
• APCEDIT Utility Overview on page 1
• Installing the APCEDIT Utility on page 2
• APC400 Setup on page 2
• APC100 Setup on page 2
• Starting the APCEDIT Utility Program on page 3
• APCEDIT Menus on page 4
• Error Messages on page 9
APCEDIT Utility Overview
APCEDIT is a software product of ASC Signal Corporation that was originally developed for
use with the APC100 antenna controller. The APC400 antenna controller has been designed to
support the use of the APCEDIT utility. This utility provides a user-friendly interface between
a personal computer (PC) and the APC100 or APC400 controller.
APCEDIT is included on the support CD provided with the APC400. APCEDIT works with
most Windows Operating Systems including 98 and XP. A DOS version is also available which
can be obtained from ASC Signal. APCEDIT provides the following functions:
• View and modify satellite information
–
Modify—Allows you to edit satellite names, longitudes, and pointing angles.
–
Save—Allows you to write modified data to diskette.
–
Upload—Allows you to retrieve satellite information from the antenna controller.
–
Download—Allows you to send saved satellite information to the antenna controller.
• View Setup Parameters
–
Upload—Allows you to retrieve setup parameters from the antenna controller.
–
Save—Allows you to save setup parameters to disk.
–
Display—Allows you to display setup parameters.
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Installing the APCEDIT Utility
–
Download—Allows you to send the saved setup parameters to the antenna controller.
–
View only—Allows you to read and display setup parameters from a disk.
Setup parameters are automatically saved to disk when uploaded. Satellite position data can also
be saved to disk via a menu option on the VIEW & MODIFY SAT NAMES submenu (Figure
2). All data files are written to the data storage media where the APCEDIT.EXE file resides. The
APCEDIT.EXE file could reside on the hard drive, a floppy disk, or other memory storage
device. This allows you to easily remove the APC400 setup data and store the information
off-site.
Installing the APCEDIT Utility
To install the APCEDIT utility on a PC, simply copy the APCEDIT.EXE file from the APC400
support CD to a directory on the PC hard drive.
APC400 Setup
WARNING!
REMOVE PRIMARY AC POWER BEFORE ATTEMPTING MAINTENANCE.
If connecting to an APC400, follow the instructions below.
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
Connect the DB25 Male to DB9 Female serial cable between the J5 serial port on the
APC400 and the PC serial port. This cable is supplied with the APC400 antenna
controller.
2.
Power on the APC400.
PROCEDURE END
APC100 Setup
WARNING!
REMOVE PRIMARY AC POWER BEFORE ATTEMPTING MAINTENANCE.
If connecting to an APC100, follow the instructions below.
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Starting the APCEDIT Utility Program
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
Turn off the APC100 power and disconnect the rear panel cables.
2.
Remove the APC100 from the equipment rack and open the top cover.
3.
Verify the APC100 jumper/switch settings enable RS232 communications and set the
address to 50H.
JU3
1-2
Sets RS232
JU4
1-2
Sets RS232
JU11
1-2
Comm port enable
S2
1, 2, 3, 4 = 0
5, 6, 7, 8 = 1
ON
OFF
4.
Replace the APC100 cover. Reinstall the unit into the equipment rack. Re-cable the rear
panel.
5.
Connect the DB25 Male to DB9 Female serial cable between the J3 serial port on the
APC100 and the PC serial port. This cable is supplied with the APC400 antenna controller.
6.
Power on the APC100.
PROCEDURE END
Starting the APCEDIT Utility Program
To start up the APCEDIT program, follow the instructions below.
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APCEDIT Menus
PROCEDURE BEGIN
1.
Double-click the APCEDIT.EXE file on your PC to start the utility.
2.
From the Main Menu on the APCEDIT Utility, press F3 to modify program parameters.
Configure the parameters as follows:
APC100 Software Version:
2.11 or less (see Note below)
APC100 Address:
50
Comm Port:
Select PC port (i.e. “COM1”)
Baud Rate:
9600
Parity:
Even
Data Bits:
8
Note: When connecting to an APC400, you must select 2.11 or less in
the APC100 Software Version field. If connecting to an APC100,
select the appropriate version that corresponds to the APC100.
3.
For the initial run, it is necessary to first upload SETUP and POSITION data from the
antenna controller. The uploaded data may then be modified, stored, and downloaded from
disk media where the APCEDIT.EXE program resides.
Note:
4.
The antenna controller does not accept satellite position data for a position
containing out-of-range coordinates. An undefined position has out-of-range
coordinates (zeros). Therefore, the antenna controller will only accept name and
longitude changes from the PC for defined positions.
The APCEDIT program does NOT automatically save POS information. It is necessary
for the operator to select the menu option, and then SAVE to save. Changes should be
made, saved to disk, then downloaded to the antenna controller.
PROCEDURE END
APCEDIT Menus
Figures 1–6 below illustrate how the APCEDIT menus are structured and provide examples of
the data screens available with the APCEDIT program.
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APCEDIT Menus
APC100 REMOTE MAIN MENU
COPYRIGHT (C) ANDREW CORP. VERSION 2.1
F1: VIEW SETUP PARAMETERS
F2: VIEW & MODIFY SAT NAMES & POSITIONS
F3: VIEW & MODIFY PROGRAM PARAMETERS
F4: EXIT
Figure 1:
Main Menu Display
VIEW & MODIFY SAT NAMES
F1: Upload
Upload and save present pos. and Sat Names from APC100
F2: Download
Downloads SAVED positions and Sat Names to APC100
F3: Modify
Allows Sat Names, Longitudes, & Angles to be modified
F4: Save
Save modified Names, etc. to Disk
F5: M_MENU
Return to Remote Main Menu
F6: Exit
Exit Program
F1:Upload F2:Download F3:Modify F4:Save F5:M_MENU F6:Exit
Figure 2:
View and Modify Satellite Names Screen
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POS #
SAT NAME
AZ
EL
POL
01
GSTAR IV
89 W
180.0
45.0
180.0
02
SatCom GE K2
81 W
178.7
45.0
180.0
03
SatCom GE K1
85 W
174.8
45.0
179.9
04
SPACENET III
87 W
172.6
45.0
179.9
05
SBS 4
97 W
170.8
45.0
180.0
06
GStar
93 W
168.8
45.0
180.0
07
SBS 3
95 W
168.4
44.9
179.8
08
Telstar 401
97 W
160.5
94.0
225.4
09
GALAXY VI
99 W
157.2
80.9
190.6
10
SPACENET 1
101W
154.0
98.4
233.1
11
GStar 1
103W
150.4
100.6
236.9
12
GStar 2
105W
180.0
90.0
180.0
13
SPACENET 2
120W
185.4
45.0
179.9
14
SBS 5
123W
150.3
100.2
210.8
15
GStar 4
125W
157.3
89.0
178.9
16
ASC 1
128W
180.1
46.0
180.4
17
SBS 2
97 W
150.4
100.6
237.0
18
WESTAR 5
99 W
180.0
45.0
180.0
19
SBS 1
99 W
180.0
45.0
180.0
20
GStar 1
103W
180.0
45.0
180.0
F2:Next_Page
Arrows:Move_Cursor
Figure 3:
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LONGITUDE
F3:Mod_Menu
F9:Tab_L
F10:Tab-R
Satellite Position Table—example
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APCEDIT Utility
APCEDIT Menus
SETUP DATA
F1: Upload, Save & View
Uploads Setup Parameters from APC100
Saves to Disk
Displays Setup Table for Viewing
F2: Download
Downloads Setup Parameters to APC100
F3: View Only
Retrieves Setup Parameters from Disk
F5: M_MENU
Return to Main Menu
F6: Exit
Exit Program
F1:Upload, Save & View F2:Download F3:View Only F5:M_MENU F6:EXIT
Figure 4:
View Setup Parameters Menu
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APCEDIT Utility
APCEDIT Menus
SETUP DATA
AZ_LO_COAST
=
0050
AZ_HI_COAST
=
0600
EL_LO_COAST
=
0650
EL_HI_COAST
=
0600
POL_COAST
=
0050
AZ_CAL
=
00992
EL_CAL
=
24261
POL_CAL
=
17939
AZ_SL_TIMEOUT
=
0100
AZ_FS_TIMEOUT
=
0050
EL_SL_TIMEOUT
=
0100
EL_FS_TIMEOUT
=
0050
POL_TIMEOUT
=
0050
AZ_LO_LIMIT
=
01820
AZ_HI_LIMIT
=
45511
EL_LO_LIMIT
=
01820
EL_HI_LIMIT
=
16384
POL_LO_LIMIT
=
01820
POL_HI_LIMIT
=
32768
PRESS ENTER
Figure 5:
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Setup Data Screen—example
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APCEDIT Utility
Error Messages
PROGRAM PARAMETERS SCREEN
APC100
Software Version:
2.11 or less
APC100
Address:
50
Comm. Port
COM 1
Baud Rate:
9600
Parity:
EVEN
Data Bits:
8
Use up and down arrow keys to select fields and the left and right arrow
keys to change the selected fields.
Figure 6:
Program Parameters Screen
Error Messages
The following error messages may appear while the APCEDIT utility is in use. Perform the
detailed corrective action to clear the error messages.
• APC100 IN LOCAL—The antenna controller must be in Remote mode to allow
communications with the PC.
Corrective Action: Place the antenna controller in Remote mode (Press the LCL/REM
switch for an APC400 or toggle the Local/Remote switch for an APC100).
• NO RESPONSE FROM APC100—The antenna controller did not respond to a request or
command sent from the PC.
Corrective Action:
–
Verify the cable between the antenna controller and the PC is firmly attached at both
ends.
–
Verify the cable is attached to the correct antenna controller and PC ports.
–
Verify the PC Com1 port is serial, not parallel.
–
Verify the proper PC Com port is selected, Com1 or Com2.
–
Verify the setup parameters are properly configured as explained in the APC400 Setup
and APC100 Setup sections of this document.
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APC400 Specifications
Physical Specifications
APC400 Specifications
This chapter provides physical, electrical, environmental, and RF performance specifications
for the APC400.
The APC400’s construction materials comply with European Union (EU) Directive No.
2002/95/EC (RoHS).
Note:
All designs, specifications and availability of the products and services
presented in this section are subject to change without notice.
Physical Specifications
Table 1 provides physical specifications for the APC400.
Table 1: Physical Specifications
Chassis
19 inch, rack mountable; Chemical
Conversion Coated per MIL-C-5541 Class
1A (Clear)
Height
3.47 inch (Two rack units high per
ANSI/EIA-310-D-1992)
Depth
10.75 inch (not including front panel handle
or power cord)
Weight
6 lbs (with power cord)
Front Panel Handle Protrusion
1.0 inch
Power Cord Protrusion
3.0 inch
Faceplate
Rough texture, semi-gloss black paint with
white silkscreen legend
Display
240(W) x 64(H) dot matrix LCD
STN Transmissive type per NTD-7446
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Environmental Specifications
Environmental Specifications
Note:
The APC400 is designed for indoor installation and use only.
Table 2 provides environmental specifications for the APC400. The APC400 fully complies
with NEMA 1.
Table 2: Environmental Specifications
Operational Temperature
0 ° to 50 °C
Operational Humidity
5–95%, non-condensing
IEC 60068-2-56 (40°C +/-2°C @ 93% +/-3% Relative
Humidity for 2 Days)–Indoor Equipment
Storage Temperature
-20 ° to 60 ° C
Storage Humidity
5–95%, non-condensing
IEC 60068-2-56 (40°C +/-2°C @ 93% +/-3% Relative
Humidity for 2 Days)–Indoor Equipment
Vibration
ASTM D 4169–Truck Level 2
(3 HRS–X, Y, Z axes)
Shock
ISTA Test Procedure 1A
Electrical Specifications
Table 3 provides electrical specifications for the APC400.
Table 3: Electrical Specifications
AC Input Power
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Single phase, 100–250-V AC, 50/60 Hz @
1.5 amps (maximum)
Power Supply
40W high efficiency universal power input,
switching type
Fuse
1.6 amp slow blow (Little Fuse P/N 31301.6
or equivalent)
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Electrical Specifications
Table 3: Electrical Specifications
Microcontroller
Arcturus Coldfire 5272EXT Industrial SBC
– Motorola RISC Core
– 32 bit core (16 bit mode utilized)
– 66 MHz clock
– 32 MB dynamic RAM/8MB flash (-NOR)
onboard memory
– Onboard watchdog timer
Ethernet Ports
IEEE 802.3 10 Mbps
IEEE 802.3u 100 Mbps
Outdoor Motor Controller Drive Output
12-V DC (30-V DC max) @ 25 mA (30 mA
max.)
Summary Alarm Contact Relay
110-V AC @ 0.5 amps (max. load rating)
Summary Auxiliary Contact Relay
24-V DC @ 1.0 amps (max. load rating)
Non-volatile SRAM/RTC
10 year life @ no power & +/- 1 minute
clock accuracy per month @ 25 ° C
Console/Programming/Debug Ports
RS-232 (3-wire only, no handshaking)
Non-volatile Mass Storage
1 GB SD card
Display Backlight
Yellow-green LED
Keyboard Data Entry Switches
Momentary with tactile feedback
Table 4 provides specifications for the APC400’s Resolver to Digital Converter (RDC-1).
Table 4: Resolver to Digital Converter Specifications
Resolver Input (S1–S4)
Differential 2.0 V RMS +/-15% (+/-25V
max.)
Impedance
10M Ohm minimum @ 10PF loading
Resolver Reference Output (R1, R2)
Single ended 2 V or 4 V RMS (+/-25 V
continuous or +/-100 V transient)
Resolver Input/Output Frequency
2 kHz (40 kHz max.)
Conversion Accuracy
4 arc minutes +/- 1 LSB
Repeatability
1 LSB max.
Differential Linearity
1 LSB max.
Conversion Resolution
16 bits (0.0055 degrees)
Antenna Axis to Resolver Axis Ratios
1:1 or 2:1 (Software provisionable)
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APC400 Specifications
Electrical Specifications
Table 4: Resolver to Digital Converter Specifications (Continued)
Resolver Input (S1–S4)
Differential 2.0 V RMS +/-15% (+/-25V
max.)
Resolver Transformation Ratios
9-4
1:1 or 2:1 (PWA jumper
provisionable–Default setting 2:1)
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