This information is oriented to help the users of our SAT TRACK service, so that they get to know our equipment and to facilitate the installation procedure.
Content of the kit
- Satellite transponder programmed to be used within the Inmarsat D+ Network.
- Power cable 10-15 metres long.
- Installation material
Imagen 1: Transponder fixed to an installation kit with a 10-15 metre cable
Atlantic Source assigns an ID to every user. For that reason, it is very important that you communicate your ID to the regatta organizer, and that you don’t exchange your terminal with other user without telling us, since it would lead to confusion about which ship are we tracking.
Warning: Please make sure you install the terminal to avoid damage to people or goods. It is the responsibility of the installer to carry out a safe installation.
The Inmarsat D+ Terminal is designed to be installed in a very easy way, offering an uninterrupted service during years if you follow the instructions below:
Selection of the mounting place:
The terminal must be installed in a totally secure place to make sure an stable and non-moving position, where it can have an open view towards the satellites in the sky, ideally in a place with maximum height possible.
The surface must be flat, far from the water. Don’t let that surface reach high temperatures (metal plates that could reach up to 70ºC with the heat from the sun would damage the terminal).
You should also know that the terminal should not be placed close from other radioelectrical equipment. In particular, try not to place it close to radar or other communication antennas.
Before the final mounting, we strongly recommend to test the transmission within the network. When you can see your boat in the web, the terminal will be transmitting properly and thus that will be a good place for mounting.Connection to the power supply:
Before connecting the terminal to an external power supply, please make sure the polarity is correct and that the voltage is between 9 and 30V.
In the 10-15 metres cable, the blue color is the + pole, and the white (-)
By connecting to the power supply, the red LED “ERR” will be on for 5 seconds, and the LED “STAT” will be blinking. This means that the terminal is correctly executing the command initial sequence. After this initial 5 seconds, the LED “ERR” will turn off, and the LED “STAT” will be blinking with different frequency. If the LED “ERR” is still on after those 5 seconds, then the unit is not working correctly.
The LED “TX” will only be on during transmission for around 8 seconds.
How it works:
The terminal will be automatically working as soon as it is connected to the power supply, so the user doesn’t need to do any operation after that. Terminals are programmed to send messages at different UTC times:
When requested by the user, or when meteorological conditions advise to do so, we can request remotely the terminal to send the position at will.
The consumption of the terminal is only 0,75W when it is not sending nor receiving information, 1,25W when receiving any instruction from us, and 10W when the terminal is transmitting.