Antenna heating and de-icing

Elite Antennas offer a range of de-icing options to cover our entire line of antennas and feeds, ie Soft Foil, Hard GRP panels, and half panel de-ice for both types. These are normally supplied with a snow sensor and controller for the de-ice panels.

Aluminium reflectors are the optimum choice for de-iced antennas as aluminium's high thermal conductivity allows the fastest possible shedding of ice, snow and frost while maintaining long-term resilience. Feed heating is also available.

1.8m antenna with foil de-ice heating panels applied

Soft foil systems, are specifically designed to suit the contours & shape of the antenna rear structure and are an excellent solution at a low cost.

Generally, the soft de-ice panels are preferred by our customers, and are offered as the default option. 

1.8m reflector with SHS hard-backed heating panels

We work closely with Surface Heating Systems of Glenrothes, Scotland to provide the best possible de-ice solutions for our antennas. SHS also manufacture their own highly efficient heater controller, featuring temperature and snow sensing to save power while enabling continuous transmission in the harshest conditions.

Both full and half panel de-ice panels can be offered. 

Hard GRP is a hard shell encasing heat elements which provides a more robust system, it is also used when the antenna surface is too complex to heat with soft foil pads. Hard GRP panels are available to protect heater pads where impact damage or vandalism is a problem.

1.2m antenna with half de-ice, ie covering only the lower part of the antenna

Aluminium reflectors are the optimum choice for de-iced antennas as aluminium's high thermal conductivity allows the fastest possible shedding of ice, snow and frost while maintaining long-term resilience. Feed heating is also available.

Please contact Surface Heating Systems for specific information on antenna de-icing systems or any other de-ice or trace heating applications.

Surface Heating Systems (Glenrothes) Ltd: 129-130 Whitehill Road, Whitehill Industrial Estate, Glenrothes, Fife, KY6 2RP.

Website: www.shs-ltd.co.uk