Motor-driven Patents (Class 343/766)
  • Patent number: 11069972
    Abstract: A rotating controlling method for an antenna, the steps includes collecting parameters for indicating signal strength of the antenna; and determining an optimal radiation position of the antenna and setting the corresponding value of a repulsive force or an attractive force so that the antenna is rotated to the optimal radiation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD.
    Inventor: Shun-Hsing Yeh
  • Patent number: 11056762
    Abstract: An adjustable antennal mount has a base bracket, an upper bracket, multiple fasteners, and a leveling instrument. The base bracket has a slanting surface not perpendicular to an assembling axis of base bracket and a rotating axis perpendicular to the slanting surface. The upper bracket is adjustably mounted on the base bracket along the rotating axis and has a diagonal surface and a top surface. The diagonal surface is attached to the slanting surface of the base bracket and is not parallel to the top surface of the upper bracket. The fasteners are connected with the base bracket and the upper bracket and are arranged at spaced intervals. The leveling instrument is mounted in the upper bracket and indicates levelness of the top surface of the upper bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: JONSA TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Tien Lin, Tien-Chih Pan
  • Patent number: 11005177
    Abstract: A remotely controllable antenna mount for use with a wireless telecommunication antenna provides mechanical azimuth and tilt adjustment using AISG compatible motor control units and AISG control and monitoring systems to remotely adjust the physical orientation of the antenna. The mount control units are serially interconnected with AISG antenna control units which adjust electronic tilt mechanisms within the antenna itself. An AISG compatible mount azimuth control unit drives rotatable movement of the antenna through a range of azimuth angle positions. The antenna mount further includes a mechanical downtilt assembly interconnected between the antenna interface and the antenna. An AISG compatible mount tilt control unit drives linear movement of an actuator assembly and corresponding pivoting of the antenna through a range of tilt angle positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Radiarc Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arthur P. Clifford, Stephen J. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10985454
    Abstract: A base station antenna includes a radome having a bottom opening, an antenna assembly within the radome, a bottom end cap covering the bottom opening of the radome, the bottom end cap including a plurality of connector receptacles, and a plurality of connectors mounted in respective ones of the connector receptacles, each connector including a connector port that extends downwardly from the bottom end cap. Longitudinal axes of a first subset of the connectors extend at respective oblique angles with respect to a plane that is normal to a longitudinal axis of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Peter J. Bisiules
  • Patent number: 10847864
    Abstract: A foldable antenna system particularly suitable for use in a radar system includes a first antenna and a second antenna providing signaling; a body part; at least an actuator connected to the body part; a first connection element; a second connection element configured to connect the second antenna to the first antenna; a third connection element movably connected to the first antenna and a carriage part fixing the actuator to a surface. One end of the first connection element is movably connected to the body part distal from the actuator and a second end is connected to the first antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ASELSAN ELEKTRONIK SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Hunkar Kemal Yurt, Ekrem Firtinaoglu, Ismail Guler
  • Patent number: 10826256
    Abstract: A wireless communication device using a reduced cable set includes a power supply module, a rotation module, and a communication module. The rotation module includes jack connector with first power and data pins. The communication module is rotatably connected to the power supply module by the rotation module. The communication module includes a plug connector with second power and data pins. Each first power pin is connected to one second power pin to connect the power supply module and the communication module. Each first data pin is connected to one second data pin for transmitting data between the power supply module and the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Tsung Chen, Hsing-Hsu Chen, Ren-Tsung Cheng
  • Patent number: 10816392
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose a method and an apparatus for obtaining vibration information and user equipment. The method comprises: obtaining at least one reflected electromagnetic wave signal, wherein the at least one reflected electromagnetic wave signal is formed by reflecting an electromagnetic wave signal by at least one electromagnetic wave reflective module when the at least one electromagnetic wave reflective module vibrates in response to a sound in an environment; analyzing the at least one reflected electromagnetic wave signal to obtain at least one piece of vibration information corresponding to the at least one reflected electromagnetic wave signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lin Du, Hanning Zhou
  • Patent number: 10746776
    Abstract: Provided are a non-metallic position sensor for electromagnetic compatibility testing, a device and a system for automatic antenna positioning. The non-metallic position sensor includes a cylinder body, a piston, and a piston rod; a side wall of a cylinder body lower chamber is provided with a first radial air hole, a second radial air hole arranged on the lower end of the first radial air hole, and a third radial air hole arranged axially symmetrically with the first radial air hole; when the piston rod moves to a first position, the first radial air hole is communicated with the third radial air hole, the non-metallic position sensor send a first air pressure signal outwards; when the piston rod moves to a second position, the first radial air hole is communicated with the second radial air hole, the non-metallic position sensor send a second air pressure signal outwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU CHANGEN ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Nan Li, Jun Li
  • Patent number: 10714808
    Abstract: A tilt adapter configured to facilitate a desired tilt of a first radio frequency (RF) band and a second RF band of an antenna is disclosed. The antenna supports two or more frequency bands, in which the vertical tilt of each of the supported frequency bands is separately controlled by a coarse level of phase shifting, but commonly controlled by a fine level of phase shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Commscope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Guomin Ding, Martin L. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10700442
    Abstract: According to principles of the embodiments as disclosed herein, a device that determines its own orientation and selects an appropriately oriented antenna based on the device's orientation is provided. The device may include a housing including an interior having a base and a top and a first sidewall extending from a perimeter of the base to the top. A plurality of antenna may be coupled to the housing one or more orientation sensors may also be coupled to the housing. A controller may be electrically coupled to each of the plurality of antenna and the one or more orientation sensors, and may be configured to receive information from the one or more orientation sensors, determine an orientation of the housing, and select one of the plurality of antenna to transmit and receive data. A transceiver may be located within the housing and at least one of the plurality of antenna may be being electrically coupled to the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Christopher William Bruhn, Paul Langer
  • Patent number: 10686247
    Abstract: A holder for planar antenna comprising a base and a support, the base being provided with a location hole and an assembly hole in consistent with a bottom portion of the support, a vertical opening being disposed on a top of the support and a horizontal opening being disposed at a side of the support. When the holder is placed on a table top, the antenna is inserted into the vertical opening. When the holder is hang onto a wall, the antenna is inserted into the horizontal opening. Compared to conventional holders, the providing of the horizontal and vertical openings facilitates both hanging the holder to the wall and placing on a table top, which is convenient for both indoor and outdoor use. The supports and the base are detachable, facilitating storage and transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: SHENZHEN ANTOP TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ruidian Yang, WeiMing Lu
  • Patent number: 10608441
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mitigating constraints associated with wireless power transmission in applications where the position and orientation of the desired magnetic field changes over time, for example, because the position and orientation of the receiver being powered changes over time or because different receivers having different positions and orientations are being powered at different times. In accordance with some embodiments, the system employs a plurality of wireless power transmitters in a defined space, each transmitter consisting of individual coils oriented orthogonally relative to each other. Using field interference amongst these individual coils as well as amongst the transmitters they form, one can actively control the wireless power field intensity and orientation at any given point in the defined space. This allows for methods to steer the power transmission towards a specific target at a specific angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Tillotson, Peng Zeng
  • Patent number: 10320201
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mitigating constraints associated with wireless power transmission in applications where the position and orientation of the desired magnetic field changes over time, for example, because the position and orientation of the receiver being powered changes over time or because different receivers having different positions and orientations are being powered at different times. In accordance with some embodiments, the system employs a plurality of wireless power transmitters in a defined space, each transmitter consisting of individual coils oriented orthogonally relative to each other. Using field interference amongst these individual coils as well as amongst the transmitters they form, one can actively control the wireless power field intensity and orientation at any given point in the defined space. This allows for methods to steer the power transmission towards a specific target at a specific angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Tillotson, Peng Zeng
  • Patent number: 10199725
    Abstract: Systems and related methods for reducing passive intermodulation (PIM) include a combination of an antenna control unit (ACU) and a remote electrical tilt (RET) system. The ACU may be used to generate rotational motion of an output drive shaft in response to an input tilt control signal. The RET system couples to the output drive shaft of the ACU and may be used to convert the rotational motion into translational motion for modifying a phase shift of an antenna beam. PIM may be substantially eliminated by providing electrical isolation between the ACU and RET system in the form of a non-conductive connector that engages the draft shaft of the ACU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Asaad R. Elsaadani, Timothy Bernhardt, Peter A. Casey, Chenguang Zhou, Peng Cui, Gaetan G. F. Fauquert, Eric Callec
  • Patent number: 10116049
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices configurable with, for example, the location and motion of satellites can be configured to drive actuators connected to the motion of a steerable device. A steerable device may be augmented, for example, with gears or drivers to drive orientation, sensors to report current position and a mechanism to lock the device in place for the duration of the steering process such that power gears from the device mesh and can drive gears in the steerable device. Signals from the device intelligently guide the actuators to steer the orientation of the steerable device towards a satellite selected by a person or algorithm. Upon completion of the steering of steerable device by the device, the device can be detached, leaving the steerable device locked in place and fully functional as a steerable device, while also leaving the device capable if engaging with another similarly steerable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: TAOGLAS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher M. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10008771
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a phase shift system that is used for changing phases of signals transmitted to at least two radiation elements, comprising at least two phase shifters providing signals to the radiation elements, the phase shifter having a phase shift part used for moving so as to change phases of signals passing through the phase shifter. The system further comprises a phase shift drive device that is connected to the phase shift part of each phase shifter for synchronous linkage of all the phase shift parts, such that the phase shift parts move at different velocities to form a differential continuous phase distribution among the signals of the radiation elements. Through the above mode, the present invention can form a phase shift system with a relatively high number of ports by combining a plurality of phase shifters, and all the ports can form the differential continuous phase distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Comba Telecom Technology (Guangzhou) Ltd.
    Inventors: Peitao Liu, Feifei Jia
  • Patent number: 9863666
    Abstract: A low cost thin-film based heliostat with advanced stowing and wind survival capabilities. The heliostat may include a plurality of reflective surfaces held together via a plurality of double acting magnetic hinges. The heliostat may also include a drive mechanism attached to a post, and configured to stow the plurality of facets in any desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Bill J. Nesmith
  • Patent number: 9768488
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for aligning an antenna reflector with satellites in a satellite configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Romulo Pontual, Henry Derovanessian, Benjamin Mui, Gustave R. Stroes
  • Patent number: 9698465
    Abstract: An antenna mount for mounting radio antennas on a communications tower is described. The antenna mount includes a ring structure that encircles the tower and includes a channel disposed about its outer perimeter. The channel is configured to receive a plurality of antenna carriages upon which antennas are mounted on a first end. A second end of the antenna carriage is disposed in the channel and is slideably movable along the length of the channel about the perimeter of the ring structure. The antenna is thus aimable in any desired azimuthal direction by moving the antenna along the ring structure. Bands for communication of data, power, control signaling, and propulsion of the antenna carriages about the ring structure are disposed in the channel. The ring structure may include a junction that allows reorientation of antennas with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas David Caola Kullman, Andrew Mark Wurtenberger
  • Patent number: 9654231
    Abstract: A device, method, and computer-readable medium are provided for mitigating signal interference at a base station. Signal interference can be generated from subcomponent levels at a base station (e.g., electronic antenna motors) due to non-optimal designs or electric ground interferences. Generally, when power is provided to such subcomponent(s), a noise or harmonic can be inadvertently generated, falling into one of the operating bands of the base station, and negatively impacting system performance. As such, embodiments can be configured to dynamically ascertain a noise baseline associated with the base station, determine that one or more of the subcomponents are at fault for interfering with the base station operating band(s), and mitigate the interfering signal for a period that least impacts system performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Sreekar Marupaduga, Andrew M. Wurtenberger, Patrick J. Schmidt, Matthew J. Masters
  • Patent number: 9608306
    Abstract: An antenna mount for mounting radio antennas on a communications tower is described. The antenna mount includes a ring structure that encircles the tower and includes a channel disposed about its outer perimeter. The channel is configured to receive a plurality of antenna carriages upon which antennas are mounted on a first end. A second end of the antenna carriage is disposed in the channel and is slideably movable along the length of the channel about the perimeter of the ring structure. The antenna is thus aimable in any desired azimuthal direction by moving the antenna along the ring structure. Bands for communication of data, power, control signaling, and propulsion of the antenna carriages about the ring structure are disposed in the channel. The ring structure may include a junction that allows reorientation of antennas with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas David Caola Kullman, Andrew Mark Wurtenberger
  • Patent number: 9543658
    Abstract: A satellite antenna is provided, including a dish, a bracket, an extension rod and a receiver. The dish includes a reflective surface and a back surface. The bracket is connected to the back surface, wherein the bracket includes a pivot portion. The extension rod includes a first end and a second end, wherein the first end pivots on the pivot portion of the bracket, the extension rod is adapted to be rotated between a first orientation and a second orientation around a pivoting axis. The receiver is disposed on the second end of the extension rod and corresponds to the reflective surface, wherein the pivoting axis is located between the reflective surface and the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: WISTRON NEWEB CORP.
    Inventors: Ming-Chan Lee, Hung-Yuan Lin, Lan-Chun Yang
  • Patent number: 9484617
    Abstract: An antenna device includes: a radio device for radio wave transmission; a primary radiator that has a function to radiates radio waves generated by the radio device; a parabolic reflector that reflects the radio waves radiated from the primary radiator; a shroud that shields against unnecessary radiation radio waves among the radio waves radiated from the primary radiator and reflected by the parabolic reflector; and an antenna mounting mechanism that fits the parabolic reflector to an antenna attachment pole. The shroud is arranged so as to cover at least a right and left of the parabolic reflector, the radio device and the primary radiator are arranged inside the shroud, and the antenna mounting mechanism fits the parabolic reflector to the antenna attachment pole so that the antenna attachment pole is located at a lateral center position of the parabolic reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihide Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9379435
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an antenna of a mobile communication base station, comprising; an RET driving unit, an RAS driving unit, and an RAB driving unit, each comprising a driving motor, for driving electrical and mechanical devices for respectively adjusting RET, RAS and RAB; and multi-function equipment for controlling the driving of the RET driving unit, the RAS driving unit and the RAB driving unit by communicating with a main system of a base station such that at least a control signal for controlling the RET, the RAS, and the RAB is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: KMW Inc.
    Inventors: Young-Chan Moon, Sung-Hwan So, Dong-Hun Lee, Ki-Hoon Woo
  • Patent number: 9247893
    Abstract: A sensor includes a tank filled with a matching medium, a metal body configured to surround an image object received in the tank, and a plurality of apertures disposed at constant intervals inside the metal body, wherein when any one of the plurality of apertures radiates microwaves to the image object, remaining apertures receive scattering microwaves from the image object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Kwang Jae Lee, Soon Ik Jeon, Jong Moon Lee, Jang Yeol Kim
  • Patent number: 8952865
    Abstract: An antenna having a transformer exchangeable in accordance with tilting angle adjustment rate is disclosed. The antenna includes a phase shifter, a tilting adjustment apparatus and a transformer configured to move linearly in response to a force provided from the tilting adjustment apparatus, and deliver a force corresponding to the moving to the phase shifter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: ACE Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gun-Seok Oh, Byung-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 8890757
    Abstract: An antenna system for satellite communication, mounted on a moving platform, includes an antenna assembly, a control and display unit, and an antenna steering unit. The antenna assembly includes mounted on an antenna mast. The antenna steering unit includes a support housing, a rotary joint comprising a BNC connector, an electronic magnetic compass. an angular velocity-sensing gyroscope, a global positioning system receiver, a signal processor and a motor. The direction of the antenna's azimuth axis is determined based on the heading of the moving platform determined by the signal processor. In one embodiment, the director elements, the antenna mast and the azimuth mast are all articulated on flexible joints comprising a cable and spring mechanism allowing the director elements to fold toward the antenna mast and allowing the antenna assembly to fold toward the azimuth mast for stowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Trivec-Avant Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Macy, Timothy E. Macy, Steven R. Mills, John E. Fenick
  • Patent number: 8860334
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the antenna control field, and discloses a device for remotely controlling a multi-band antenna and a multi-band antenna system. The device for remotely controlling a multi-band antenna includes an antenna panel 100, where the antenna panel 100 is disposed with a control board 101 and at least two motor modules 102; each of the motor modules 102 includes a connector 1022, each of the motor modules 102 electrically connects, via its connector 1022, to the control board 101 to receive a control command sent by the control board 101. In the embodiments of the present invention, an adjustment to a downtilt of a multi-band antenna may be implemented, and an occupied space of the antenna panel and a cost for adjusting a downtilt may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhixiong Zhao
  • Patent number: 8816923
    Abstract: A bracket for releasably mounting an enclosed mobile/transportable motorized antenna system on a vehicle may include a support arm and a mounting assembly. The support arm can include a first end portion configured to secure to a vertically extending member of a vehicle and a second end portion configured to secure a mounting plate assembly. The mounting assembly can be secured to the second end portion of the support arm. The mounting assembly may comprise a generally planar mounting plate having a plurality of apertures defined therein. The apertures may be located within the periphery of the mounting plate and have a size and shape configured to secure a motorized antenna enclosure disposed on the mounting plate assembly. A releasably mountable enclosed mobile/transportable motorized antenna system on a vehicle may include an enclosed mobile/transportable motorized antenna system and a corresponding mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Electronic Controlled Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lael King, Sam Shuster
  • Patent number: 8797223
    Abstract: An antenna system is able to cover a geographical zone with two grids of spots with nested meshes, shifted one with respect to the other. The multi-beam system covers a geographical zone decomposed into a plurality of spots, the antennas each comprising an array of radiating elements able to receive and/or to transmit radioelectric signals, and being configured so as to cover, in reception and/or in transmission, the zone with two grids of spots, several spots of the first grid, generated by a first antenna, being positioned according to a first geometric pattern, so that points are situated substantially equidistantly from several adjacent spots, several spots of the second grid, that are generated by a second antenna, being positioned according to a second geometric pattern chosen as a function of the first geometric pattern, such that several spots of the second grid are centered on the points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: GĂ©rard Raguenet, Thierry Youssefi, Michel Salomon, Etienne Barritault, Didier Le Boulch
  • Publication number: 20140203983
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling an antenna in a mobile communication system are provided. The apparatus includes constructing a Remote Electric Tilt (RET) antenna by a daisy chain separately from a daisy chain structure of a Radio frequency Unit (RU), a cable used for individually connecting the RU to the RET antenna can be reduced in length so as to reduce a consumption of materials, and the RET antenna can be installed without an installation of a power amplifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chan LEE
  • Patent number: 8786506
    Abstract: A low power, lightweight, collapsible and rugged antenna positioner for use in communicating with geostationary, geosynchronous and low earth orbit satellite. By collapsing, invention may be easily carried or shipped in a compact container. May be used in remote locations with simple or automated setup and orientation. Azimuth is adjusted by rotating an antenna in relation to a positioner base and elevation is adjusted by rotating an elevation motor coupled with the antenna. Manual orientation of antenna for linear polarized satellites yields lower weight and power usage. Updates ephemeris or TLE data via satellite. Algorithms used for search including Clarke Belt fallback, transponder/beacon searching switch, azimuth priority searching and tracking including uneven re-peak scheduling yield lower power usage. Orientation aid via user interface allows for smaller azimuth motor, simplifies wiring and lowers weight. Tilt compensation, bump detection and failure contingency provide robustness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: Antennasys, Inc., GBS Positioner, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Ayotte, Paul Lagasse, David Martin, Anthony Sorrentino, Spencer Webb, Mark Wheeler, George Davison
  • Patent number: 8774717
    Abstract: A Master Antenna Controller System is provided. In one example, the Master Antenna Controller System comprises a handheld wireless device and a RET Master. The handheld wireless device may comprise an Android OS or iOS based smartphone or tablet that includes Wi-Fi capabilities communications capabilities. The RET Master may provide full RET control based on the AISG 1.1 and 2.0 standards and communicate with the handheld wireless device via a wireless access point, such as a Wi-Fi server. The combination may be configured to provide extensive, screen-guided, intuitive RET diagnostics functionality. The RET Master itself may also include multiple different pre-defined tests (e.g. test one actuator, test one RET cable, test AISG signal from TMA) and also some standard electrical tests, e.g. measuring voltage, current etc. Additional higher-level functions may be provided on an Application on the handheld wireless device and communicated to the RET Master wirelessly or by USB connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Matthew D. Ferris, Elmer O. Freeman, Bobby W. Webb, Holger Raeder
  • Patent number: 8743001
    Abstract: A rotatable reflector antenna system that supports on-the-move communications to and from a mobile land, airborne, or maritime vehicle with a remote communication device, such as a geostationary satellite. The antenna system can include a pillbox antenna, a line feed antenna, or an array of horn antennas that convey electromagnetic waves between a transceiver (transmitter and/or receiver) and a reflector. The reflector may be embodied as a singly curved, parabolic cylinder reflector coupled to support members in a manner that enables the reflector to rotate with respect to the antenna. The reflector can rotate in a first direction, such as an elevation rotation, and the entire antenna system including the reflector can be mounted to a turntable or other rotatable platform that rotates in a second direction, such as an azimuth rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: EMS Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Guler
  • Patent number: 8743008
    Abstract: The invention relates to a base station antenna, that includes two or more reflector plates, each provided with a radiating element. The base station antenna also includes a reflector plate connecting member connected to each reflector plate for enabling the rotation of the reflector plates. The base station antenna also includes a reflector plate controller providing control signals for controlling the rotation and stoppage of the reflector plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: KMW Inc.
    Inventors: In-Ho Kim, Jae-Jun Lee, Kee-Bum Kim, Chang-Woo Yoo
  • Patent number: 8737928
    Abstract: A method applied to a receiver of a wireless network for determining an unknown quantity of antennas of a transmitter according to a received network is provided. The method includes: delaying the network signal according to a sum of a reference period and an estimated shift interval to provide a delayed signal; calculating a correlation between the network signal and the delayed signal to generate a correlation index; comparing the correlation index and a threshold to provide a comparison result; and determining the unknown quantity of transmitting antennas according to the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Shao-Ping Hung, Tien-Hsin Ho, Tai-Lai Tung, Ching-Hsiang Chuang
  • Patent number: 8681065
    Abstract: The parabolic antenna positioner includes a base, a support cradle mounted so it can rotate relative to the base along a first axis of rotation, a mobile assembly including a parabolic antenna, supported by the support cradle, and mounted so it can rotate relative to the support cradle along a second axis of rotation, orthogonal to the first axis of rotation. The second axis of rotation is separated from the axis of rotation of the support cradle by a non-null distance measured in the plane of rotation of the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Benoit Vion, Sandrine Jourda, Christophe Laffont, Gilles Quagliaro
  • Patent number: 8655409
    Abstract: An antenna includes one or more radiofrequency radiating elements for forming a radiofrequency beam and a point-to-point antenna for forming a point-to-point beam. The point-to-point element may be fixed with respect to the antenna's radome. Adjustment of the point-to-point element orientation may be achieved using the antenna mount to adjust the orientation of the point-to-point element and radome together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: CommScope Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Kevin E. Linehan, David K. Tappin
  • Patent number: 8638264
    Abstract: A radar antenna system comprises a base. A center support is coupled to the base on a first end. A radar array is pivotally coupled to a second end of the center support. At least two actuators are provided for pivoting the radar array about the center support, altering its azimuth position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Richard R. Hall
  • Patent number: 8624789
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjusting an inclination angle of an antenna using a rotatory power is disclosed, wherein a remote control unit is easily combined with the apparatus. The apparatus in an antenna having a phase shifter includes a power delivering member connected to the phase shifter, and a driving member combined with the power delivering member, and for providing a power to the power delivering member. Here, an inserting section is formed at a part of outside surfaces of the driving member, a remote control unit is inserted into the inserting section and rotates the driving member, and the power delivering member rotates in response to the power provided from the driving member. Accordingly, any given member is not removed when the remote control unit is combined with the apparatus. As a result, the remote control unit may be easily combined with the apparatus, and any member is not lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Ace Antenna Corp.
    Inventors: Gun-Seok Oh, Byung-II Oh, Byung-Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8576134
    Abstract: A rotary casing of a satellite antenna having an angle adjustable display screen includes a supporting arm, a hollow casing, a rotating means and an adjusting and controlling assembly. The casing has a panel provided with two keys and a top surface provided with a window. The rotating means is provided in the casing and controlled by the keys to drive the rotation of the supporting arm. The adjusting and controlling assembly is provided in the casing and includes a control unit and a display unit. The two keys are electrically connected to the control unit to drive the supporting arm. By this arrangement, the control unit receives an adjustment instruction inputted by the keys and transmits the instruction to the rotating means to generate a corresponding amount of rotation, while the control unit converts the instruction into a numerical value to be displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Timotion Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Wei Lan
  • Patent number: 8558739
    Abstract: An antenna control system enabling the remote variation of antenna beam tilt. A drive means continuously adjusts phase shifters of a feed distribution network to radiating elements to continuously vary antenna beam tilt. A controller enables the beam tilt of a number of antenna at a site to be remotely varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: William Emil Heinz, Mathias Martin Ernest Ehlen
  • Patent number: 8542156
    Abstract: A pedestal for tracking antenna includes a horizontal isolation assembly dimensioned and configured to isolate the support plate from horizontal vibration and shock of the base ring, a hub assembly including a support mounted on the horizontal isolation assembly rotatably supporting a rotating frame about a first azimuth axis, a vertical isolation assembly including an upright frame and a cross-level axis support slidably interconnected with a linear bearing assembly, the linear bearing assembly having a profiled rail slidably received within a complementary shaped bearing block, wherein the profiled rail can not twist axially relative to the bearing block, a cross-level frame pivotally mounted on the cross-level axis support about a second cross-level axis, and/or an elevation frame assembly supporting the tracking antenna and pivotally mounted on the cross-level frame about a third elevation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Sea Tel, Inc.
    Inventor: Trushar D. Patel
  • Patent number: 8537064
    Abstract: An antenna retaining device includes two spaced upright beams, two movable mechanisms, each movable mechanism slidably mounts on one of the upright beams, a retaining mechanism includes two connecting elements a connecting rod connecting rod rotatably and movably mounted on the connecting elements. A retaining board is located on the connecting rod, the retaining board holds the antenna. The first connecting element is rotatably mounted on one of the movable mechanisms, the second connecting element is rotatably mounted on the other movable mechanism. Two driving mechanism, each driving one of the movable mechanisms to move along the their respective bar. When the motors drive the movable mechanisms to move at different speeds, the first connecting element and the second connecting element rotate relative to the their respective loading boards and move along the connecting rod, to adjust a direction of the connecting rod and retaining board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teng-Tsung Huang, Yong-Bing Hu, Zhang-Sheng Yan, Gong-Shui Cheng, Zhan Shang
  • Patent number: 8508320
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems and methods for providing a translating telemetry stationary antenna. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for automatically aligning a stationary antenna with a corresponding rotor antenna. The method provides for mounting a stationary antenna with respect to a rotor antenna associated with a rotor. The method includes mounting a stationary antenna to an inner circumference of a support frame, mounting a plurality of radial air bearings to the support frame for maintaining radial alignment of the stationary antenna with respect to the rotor antenna, and mounting a plurality of axial air bearings to the support frame for maintaining axial alignment of the stationary antenna with respect to the rotor antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Derek Ray Wilson, R. David Jones, Donald Shaw, Raymond Lavigne
  • Patent number: 8502744
    Abstract: A reflector assembly implementable in a scanning antenna assembly having a stationary surface includes a support assembly coupled to the stationary surface, a substantially planar first reflector panel coupled to the support assembly so as to enable rotation of the first reflector panel about a central axis of the first reflector panel, and an actuator assembly comprising a translating arm coupled to the first reflector panel, wherein translational motion of the arm is operable to rotate the first reflector panel about the central axis back and forth through a predetermined angular range at a predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Chi Shih, Long Bui, Tom Rolfer, Kiet Mai, Yaozhong Liu
  • Patent number: 8471779
    Abstract: A remote control for a wireless control system includes a controller, at least one actuator for operating the controller, a radio-frequency (RF) transmitter coupled to the controller, an antenna coupled to the RF transmitter, and a housing for the controller, the RF transmitter, the antenna and a power source. The antenna comprises a conductive loop mounted in the housing and being disposed in a first plane. The remote control further comprises a surface on the housing disposed in a second plane substantially parallel to and overlying the first plane. The surface has a conductive material disposed thereon substantially coplanar with the second plane and substantially coextensive with said conductive loop on said first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Donald R. Mosebrook
  • Patent number: 8462066
    Abstract: A unitized device and method to optimize directional antenna alignment for long-distance communications using the low-cost IEEE 802.11 (and related) compatible RF-chipsets (originally designed for short range Wireless-LAN and Wireless-PAN networks). The device combines these chipsets, along with a microprocessor, software, electronics to drive a directional antenna, and the motors and gearing necessary to physically move a directional antenna, into a unitized low weight, and low cost assembly designed to enable reliable digital radio links of many miles or more to be established with minimal costs, time, and installer skill. In one embodiment, the software methods incorporated into the software of this unitized device can include methods necessary to automatically or semi-automatically configure and align the directional antenna to one or more distant target sources. Various mechanical designs, as well as various software and electronics methods, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Rammohan Malasani
  • Publication number: 20130141274
    Abstract: A rotational antenna includes a stationary feed which is disposed in a substantially vertical orientation. A parabolic dish is rotationally mounted about the stationary feed in a state of being tipped with respect to the stationary, substantially vertically oriented feed. The rotational parabolic antenna may alternatively be provided with a rotating radio frequency (RF) and acoustic feed. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: DETECT, INC.
    Inventor: DETECT, INC.
  • Patent number: RE46038
    Abstract: An assembly that has a rotator element, a sensor element coupled to the rotator element or assembly, and a controller element provides azimuth antenna control. The rotator element has a worm gear driven stewing ring having a through hole through which a feed line to an antenna may be inserted to accommodate continuous rotation of greater than 360 degrees or partial rotation in either direction of the antenna coupled to the rotator element. The controller element is coupled to the rotator element and to the sensor element, and the controller element receives feedback information concerning a current azimuth position of the antenna from the sensor element to control the rotator element to rotate to a future azimuth position of the antenna in accordance with a selected azimuth function and the feedback information provided by the sensor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED STATES ANTENNA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph B. Burdette, James A. Martin