You’ve probably heard the adage “why fix it, if it isn’t
For more than 50 years, CommScope had long-haul antennas in
the market with minimal changes to the antenna design. These antennas, our
industry famous TMW antennas, work well and it is not unusual to see them in
operation long after their design life should have expired. The red flash
proudly displayed on those antennas is an iconic symbol in the industry
representing quality and world-class performance. So why change them?
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's Derren Oliver provides you with some insights into the upgrades made to the HX8 microwave antenna.
The answer is simple really – to make them better.
One of the biggest costs associated with large antennas is
one most people do not think about– shipping and transport costs. Transporting
large antennas can often cost more than the antenna itself. These are not small
We worked hard on our latest design to reduce that unseen cost without compromising product
integrity and performance. In addition, we significantly improved RF
performance for these antennas.
Let’s look at an example of where we improved freight costs by
looking at the diagrams below.
You can see that with the older HSX8 one-piece reflector we
could fit approximately four crated antennas in a 40-foot High Cube container. Due
to the diameter of these antennas, they would not fit in a standard-height, 40-foot
container. If we moved to a two-piece (split) reflector, we could fit eight
units in a 40-foot standard container. With the new HX8
antenna, we can now fit 10 units, fully crated, into a 40-foot standard
container—two more than a split reflector equivalent product and six more than the
We went through this exercise with one of our customers who
typically purchases one-piece reflectors and found that this equates to a 20
percent freight saving over the cost of the antenna versus the older version.
When it was compared to the split reflector, the freight savings are less
(around 3-4 percent over the cost of the antenna) but there was an additional
3-4 percent savings due to reduced install time of a one-piece reflector versus
a two-piece. In an industry that values total
cost of ownership, these savings become significant.
CommScope product Newsflashes offer more details. Contact us
to provide feedback on shipping costs and other product enhancements that would
benefit your business.
And it’s worth pointing out – these new antennas will still
show the iconic red flash as a testament to their heritage– why fix it if it