The Processor Suite includes all the components necessary for a direction finding system mounted in a chassis and prewired. The antenna connections and external interfaces to the laptop are provided through a simple panel on the front of the chassis. The chassis in turn is mounted in a rugged modified laptop Pelican case, but it may easily be removed by pulling two spring action pull pins on the sides of the case. A cover with a bale mounts over the chassis to protect the equipment inside. The bale provides a way to prop the Pelican case lid open allowing operation of the direction finder without removing it from the case. The same processor suite is used for both mobile and fixed site systems.
The figure below shows a typical arrangement
of the equipment in the case. Each component is mounted to
the chassis using hook and loop (Velcro) connections. The
front panel provides
- Connections for the direction finding antenna
- DC power connections
- Radio modem channel switch (optional)
- Ethernet connection
- Audio output
- Auxiliary audio input
- Laptop power (20 Vdc)
- Data radio antenna connection
- Power and data connections for a GPS and compass
The configuration shown is one of several possible equipment complements. The processor suite is available without the data radio. A configuration is also available with two direction finding processors and two receivers allowing the user to direction find on two frequencies simultaneously using a single fixed site antenna.