Basin Electric team tests microwave equipment

(From left) Pius Fischer, Amanda Wangler and Dave Schneider test equipment at the factory.

(From left) Pius Fischer, Amanda Wangler and Dave Schneider test equipment at the factory.

“Testing, testing, 1-2-3. Can you hear me now?”

Basin Electric’s new microwave system equipment is undergoing testing, but it’s much more sophisticated than that. A team of telecommunication engineers and technicians was in Austin, TX, in early May conducting factory acceptance testing on equipment being purchased from Aviat Networks.

Watch the video as Dave Schneider, Basin Electric telecommunications engineering supervisor and project manager, takes us on a quick trip onto the testing floor.

The microwave system forms a protective ring around the cooperative’s transmission system through a series of barely noticeable towers. If instability or an outage is detected on a transmission line, a signal carried via microwave tells breakers at the substation to open or close to reroute electricity accordingly. The switch happens in a fraction of a second, and the consumers at the end of the line may not notice so much as a flicker. The invisible signals also carry data – basically anything that can be broken down into 1’s and 0’s.

Learn more about the microwave system upgrade project on Basin Electric’s website:

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