SINGLE- LIGHTWEIGHT SHIPBOARD TILT UNIT
OA-9243A (V) 3 S/R
The STU-3 series shipboard tilt units are modular electromechanical systems for lowering and raising dual shipboard communication antennas. These units and the dual antenna variants (STU-4 series) have over 90% commonality of components.
The drive element is a two-stage planetary gearbox. The STU-3HD series uses a 2-horsepower brakemotor, while the STU-3LW uses a 1-horsepower brakemotor. The electrical controls are located in the pedestal for local operation, while an optional remote control will operate up to three units at a maximum of 1,200 feet away. A manually operated handcrank provides emergency control in the event of electrical failure. Tilt angles may be preset to any angle from vertical through 115°, and powered rotation from vertical to 90° horizontal takes only 20 seconds. All units may be tilted inboard to expedite antenna maintenance, removal or installation. Converting from single to dual antenna configuration is accomplished by installing another support arm. Provisions for mounting antenna tuners and couplers are available in rotating elements, permitting antenna feedwire lengths to be kept to a minimum. Compression pads are activated at vertical and horizontal limits to reduce shock and vibration loads from being transmitted to the rotating elements. Cam operated limit switches control the vertical and horizontal positioning. An overtravel limit switch removes all power to the drive motor in the event of limit switch failure. The STU-3HD & STU-4HD (HEAVY DUTY) units are designed to withstand loads of 1,000,000 in/lb, and are normally used where green water loads are a major concern. Manual crank versions are also available.