What Is Special About Leaky Feeder Coax Cable?
Radio waves in mining environments can be unreliable, and Leaky Feeder Systems are designed to help control the radio frequency environment. A Leaky Feeder System is a coaxial cable that serves as an antenna for transmitting radio signals between two or more points in an underground mine. The name comes from the cable “leaks” out a signal through its outer sheath, which is designed with small holes. This provides a more reliable and consistent radio frequency environment for mining operations by eliminating “dead spots” caused by traditional antenna systems.
Amplifiers are installed throughout the lines to boost signal strength, ensuring a clear connection. Local receivers are placed in locations where they can read and interpret the signals and control access to different parts of the mine.
Leaky Feeder Systems also provide safety benefits for miners, allowing them to communicate with each other even if they are separated by large distances underground. The latest systems can be used in many ways, from providing voice communications between miners underground to linking up remote devices such as sensors. Leaky Feeder Systems can also be used for two-way data transmission and to support personnel tracking in an emergency.
The lines offer voice and data communications that are highly efficient, and they are capable of offering radio compatibility for both analog and digital signals. This makes them suitable for a wide range of applications. Leaky Feeder Systems have become essential for effective communication in many mines worldwide, allowing miners to stay connected even in the most hostile and remote settings.
Contact Becker communications today if you are interested in learning more about the latest leaky feeder systems for your mining site. We install leaky feeder systems above and underground locations for various applications. Our team is knowledgeable about the newest technologies and will help you find the best system for your needs. With Becker Communications, you can be sure that your radio frequency environment is reliable and secure. Contact us today to learn more!
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in leaky feeder systems mining and electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.