Towers, broadcast transmission lines and antennas are subject to extreme environmental conditions subjects to vibrations, moisture, saltwater, rain, sunlight, and wear and tear.
Complex radio and TV systems are designed and constructed to deliver a rated amount of RF power to the antenna, but without much safety margin for human exposure. This requires stringent limits on power levels whenever any work is done on the tower.
Traditionally, tower inspections are performed by trained specialists who carefully climb a tower to inspect its physical elements and make repairs. While nothing can fully replace a physical inspection, sUAS inspections bring new technology and capabilities, allowing for inspections that can be made more frequently, less expensively, and in many cases with more detail than a physical inspection often finding problems not obvious from the ground.
sUAS inspections are always less expensive than hiring a tower crew.
Inspections can be scheduled and performed in a wide variety of meteorological conditions.
There is no risk for injury from climbing or a fall like with a tower crew.
Stations can stay on the air at full power, and there is no need to be concerned about RF exposure to a climber. sUAS inspections are much easier to schedule than those requiring a tower crew.
The sUAS can capture the tower, antenna and transmission line details from just about any angle, including above the tower.
Clear information can be obtained that will allow the owner/operator to see areas of heating that are inefficient and could be the early warning sign of potential failures down the road.
GPS positioning information combined with exact thermal data at the image pixel level makes it possible to compare recent measurements with historical data to identify specific areas that may be experiencing deterioration.
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Doug Lung - TV Tech - July 2022
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