Winegard Showcasing New Customized Skid Package for WX Series VSAT Auto-Deploy Antennas

Ideal for Land-based Oil and Gas Drilling Sites

BURLINGTON, Iowa – (March 14, 2013) – Antenna innovator Winegard has started delivering a new customized skid for its WX series VSAT auto-deploy antennas based on demand from its oil and gas service customers. The skid is designed specifically for that industry, where rapid deployment without the need for a technician in an often hostile environment is required.

A U.S. based manufacturer of extremely rugged and reliable VSAT satellite communications systems, Winegard is exhibiting its antennas in booth #4075 at the Satellite 2013 Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

The skid helps prevent damage to the antenna and electronic components inside and makes the package more portable and maneuverable.

A host of unique features, including a cable reel that holds three 150-foot long cables (for transmit, receive, power), built-in bubble levels and a Pelican Case for secure controller storage during shipping, allow quicker antenna deployment and minimize setup time.

Inside the skid, the antenna sits atop a specially designed isolation frame to absorb shock and protect the antenna from typical vertical and lateral movements during transit.

A critical advantage of this new skid is that skilled technicians are not required to set up, take down or move the antenna, thus lowering deployment costs. All the operator needs to do is position the skid in a desired location, open the bi-fold lid doors, plug in the three operational cables at the control center, connect the controller and push a button. The antenna system automatically deploys, finds the appropriate satellite and stays locked onto the satellite signal.

Similar skids already are available and in use for the company's SPA and SF VSAT antenna systems.

All Winegard WX series antennas hold CE, GOST-R and Peru Homologation certifications for international use. Thousands of Winegard VSAT antenna systems and controllers are operational worldwide, including the countries of United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Russia, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Scotland and Columbia.

Winegard's manufacturing facilities, featuring state-of-the-art high-speed automated manufacturing, assembly and packing equipment, operates under the Lean Continuous Improvement model. This systematic approach to the elimination of process variation and waste continues to elevate quality, lower total cost, and shorten customer order fulfillment times.

About Winegard
Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications. Since its founding in 1954, Winegard's pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle (RV), truck, marine, medical and automotive antennas. The company's 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams. Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work. To learn more about Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard, visit or call 800-288-8094.

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