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Walton De-Ice Tapped by Satellite Earth Station Builder Alpha Satcom To Keep Customers' Antennas Snow and Ice-Free

Unique behind-the-dish Hot Air system ensures that rigorous RF specs continue to be met during harsh winter conditions

LAS VEGAS, April 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (NAB Show) -- Walton De-Ice (http://www.de-ice.com), the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of satellite earth station antenna (ESA) weather protection solutions, announced that Alpha Satcom Inc. (ASI), a provider of satellite earth station antenna solutions has selected Walton De-Ice systems for an installation at a major satellite broadcast facility.  Alpha Satcom, Inc. (www.alpha-satcom.com), was selected by its customer to design, fabricate and supply a unique 9.0-meter Ku-Band low-passive intermodulation (PIM) antenna with especially challenging RF and structural design requirements, and in turn selected Walton De-Ice as part of Alpha Satcom, Inc.’s total solution.


Headquartered in Longview, Texas, with additional facilities in China, Alpha Satcom Inc. (ASI), provides a wide range of large satellite earth station antenna solutions in C-band, X-band, Ku-band, DBS, Ka-band and hybrids for both commercial and military applications, including special requirements for performance in extreme environments.   

Passive intermodulation (PIM) on antennas can disrupt networks by creating signal interference.  Low–PIM antennas minimize this effect.  According to Bill Anton, President/CEO of Alpha Satcom, Inc., “The very nature of this type of system not only requires special RF and structural design but also extremely sensitive installation and operational constraints.  We understand the critical needs of our customers to have high performance, reliable systems that can receive and transmit a signal cost effectively under the harshest conditions,” says Anton.   “By thermally bathing the backup structure and panels in a homogeneous manner, the Walton De-icing will help support Low PIM operation for many years.”  

Walton’s Hot Air De-Ice systems, including the company’s unique Plenum enclosure installed on the rear of an antenna, provide the most reliable and economic antenna de-icing solutions on the market, offering maximum flexibility with electric, natural gas, and liquid propane gas heater options.   Unlike other types of heaters, such as electric pad systems that can cause reflector distortion, Walton Hot Air De-Ice systems heat the entire antenna reflector uniformly, which minimizes reflector distortion that can cause signal problems, even more so at Ku-, and Ka-Band.

During the NAB Show 2016 in Las Vegas, April 18-21, 2016, at Booth OE504, Walton De-Ice will be promoting its latest in gas and electric heated hot-air Plenum systems for large antennas (3.7 to 32 meters), as well as its innovative Ice Quake, and Snow Shield solutions for 0.6 to 6.3 meter antennas.  Alpha Satcom representatives will also attend NAB, and for more information visit: www.Alpha-satcom.com.
About Walton De-Ice
For over 36 years, W.B. Walton Enterprises, Inc., known as Walton De-ice (http://www.de-ice.com), has designed and manufactured the broadest and highest performance line of De-Ice equipment available for satellite earth station antennas.  From its original hot air (Plenum) design which mounts behind antennas from 3.7 to 32 meters, to its Snow Shield, Rain Quake, and Ice Quake, Walton De-Ice systems for 0.6 to 6.3 meter antennas, Walton De-Ice delivers the most innovative and effective solutions to help protect critical satellite networks from degradation and outages due to weather.

Press Contacts:
For Walton De-Ice:    
Dan Freyer
AdWavez Marketing
+1 310-849-0721
dan@adwavez.com

For Alpha Satcom, Inc.:
Bill Anton, President/CEO
Office: +1(903) 238-888, or at NAB: 903 235-3087; or
At NAB: Charley Corbin (903)-452-5690