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Install a terrestrial antenna

Unit Descriptor This unit applies to digital reception equipment for open television services received via terrestrial signals. Antennas may be installed on a mast, tower, pole or building. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

1 . Plan for assembly.

  1. Consider legislative requirements and technologies in the planning process.

  2. Organise andobtain/contract resources with the required skills to be available when required.

  3. Identify other antennas at location and make arrangements for their outage where required.

  4. Notify customers and other affected parties of works to be undertaken, where appropriate.

2 . Obtain tools, test equipment and installation materials.

  1. Obtain tools and equipment necessary for the installation, check that they are in safe working order and adjusted to manufacturer specifications.

  2. Locate tools and materials to ensure ready access to the installation.

3 . Assemble antenna/ wave guide.

  1. Assemble antenna on site in sequence and according to plans, specifications and enterprise guidelines.

  2. Check aerial prior to installation, identify problems and arrange replacement parts as necessary.

  3. Make cable connections according to plans, specifications and enterprise guidelines.

  4. Conduct work in a manner that is safe to self, fellow workers and the public.

4 . Mount antenna/ wave guide.

  1. Ensure maintenance, correct allocation and usage of personal protective equipment required for the job in accordance with enterprise and OHS guidelines and manufacturer specifications.

  2. Check that tools, equipment and machinery to be used comply with relevant standards and requirements.

  3. Identify all hazards and take action to minimise hazards to the installer, fellow operatives and the public.

  4. Install all cables, including earth bond and drip point according to plans and specifications.

  5. Mount antenna onto installed mounting arrangements according to plans, specifications and enterprise guidelines.

  6. Conduct work in a manner which is safe to self, fellow workers and the public.

5 . Align/realign antenna.

  1. Pan antenna to maximise functional signal strength and consider both elevation and azimuth.

  2. Undertake polarisation of antenna considering both specifications and site/alignment conditions.

6 . Test antenna/wave guide operation.

  1. Set up appropriate test equipment for antenna and use in accordance with manufacturer specifications and enterprise guidelines.

  2. Conduct tests in accordance with technical manuals and specifications.

  3. Interpret test results and compare with manufacturer and design specifications and make adjustments as necessary.

  4. Check drip points on both coaxial cable and antenna against specification and initiate action where specification limits are not met.

7 . Complete administrative and end-of-job tasks.

  1. Complete appropriate records and update administration systems in accordance with enterprise policy.

  2. Record test results and store in the appropriate database, leaving copies on site as required by enterprise policy.

  3. Advise customer and relevant enterprise personnel of work completion in accordance with enterprise policy.

  4. Clean, adjust, store and transport tools and test equipment in suitable protective casing.

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Range Statement

Legislative requirements may include:

Technologies can be described in broad terms as:

Resources may be:

Customers may be:

Assemble, mount, pan and test factors may include:

Personal protective equipment may include:

Cables may be:

Test equipment may include:

Appropriate records may include:

Evidence Guide

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Assessment candidates should produce evidence of the following:

Context of, and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure:


Guidance information for assessment

Access must be provided to appropriate learning and assessment support when required.

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate, and appropriate to the verbal communication skill level, and language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.

In all cases where practical assessment is used it will be combined with targeted questioning to assess underpinning knowledge.