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MMU2 F 155/MMU2 K/MMU2 H/MMU3 A, Cross Polarization Interference Canceller

(XPIC) 1+1 Configuration

Figure 3 Positioning of the Plug-In Units for XPIC 1+1 Configurations

For each polarization within an XPIC 1+1 radio terminal configuration, two MMUs with the
same type must be placed in a pair, starting with an even position number. For the XPIC
configuration, combine the MMUs (MMU2 F/H/K and MMU3 A) either together with
themselves (for example two MMU2 Hs) or with any of the other MMU types (for example an
MMU2 H and an MMU3 A).
Each pair of MMUs placed in adjacent slots (2 and 3, 4 and 5, and so on) is
related to the same polarization, and the MMUs must have the same type in the
pair. The front panel XPIC cross-cable connects MMUs in alternate slots (2 and 4,
3 and 5, and so on), where the MMUs can have different types.

This is a simple document to help on the antennas alignment with XPIC, here are the steps for a
simple and quick way, as well alerting for the most common problems:
-Installation verification
Verify if the installed hardware is according with the link frequency
e.g. sometimes installed waveguides not match the RAU or antenna frequency.
-Antenna Product Name
The antenna product name is structured in the following way:
ANTa b c d (e.g. ANT0 1.2 10/11 HPX)
0 Antenna for separate installation
1 Integrated antenna for RAU1
2 Integrated antenna for RAU2
b Antenna size (in meters)
c Frequency band (in GHz)
HP High performance, single polarized
STD Standard performance, single polarized
HPX High performance, dual polarized

Note: HPX Antenna with integration kit needs to be used for XPIC configuration.

-Setting feeders at 0. (Feed horn)

Use a digital level tool; this must be done both at near end and far end.
-Interference Test.
Purpose: To verify that there are no interfering signals, which can degrade the performance, Switch
the far-end transmitter off.
Note: In a 1+1 system both transmitters must be switched off.
Read the received RF input level and record the value in the test record. If the level exceeds -90
dBm, it means there is interference. After the test has been performed, activate the transmitters
again and restore the communication over the hop.

-Check Cross Polarization Discrimination Optimization (XPD)

Minimum XPD within the 1 dB co-polarized contour:
06 13 GHz 30 dB
15 38 GHz 27 dB
1. Turn on the transmitter on far end, using vertical polarization
2. Measure with a voltmeter at near end on the RAU with horizontal polarization
3. Rotate the feeder until the worst voltage value found. The rotation is performed to minimize the
leakage between the two polarizations, that is, to maximize the cross polarization discrimination.
4. Verify the RX Level at near end in horizontal polarization and record the measured value.
5. Verify the RX level at near end in vertical polarization and record the value.
6. A cross polarization discrimination of at least 27 dB (AGC 0.675 V) must be reached. The value is
the difference between the signals measured on the two radios.
7. If the reached value is less than 27 dB, perform step 2 to 5 again
8. If the reached value is less than 27 dB, after repeating steps 2 to 5, verify again the hardware
installation, then the mechanical optimization and then the Cross Polarization Discrimination
9. Tighten the feeder screws when maximum discrimination is found

Example of 1+1 XPIC (2+2) Hot Standby setup