SixArms, an innovative Australian-based RF Test and Measurement Consultancy company, has announced the launch of a U.S. RF Verification partnership with QCommunications, a well-established systems integration and engineering firm with deep roots in the broadcast industry. SixArms uses unmanned aerial vehicle (i.e. drone) technologies to produce efficient, accurate and cost-effective measurement solutions within the broadcast, telecommunication and defense RF environments.
QCommunications will provide services via its newly launched QForce Airborne division comprised of highly trained and FAA-certified UAV pilots that adhere to strict safety programs, FAA guidelines and benefit from QCommunications’ extensive RF experience.
QCommunications will serve the FCC and the broadcast industry by bringing the SixArms RF measurement solution to US operators along with a visual or 3D structural analysis, thermal/IR inspections and routine yearly assessment programs. Phil Larsen, a 14-year Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) veteran, has been appointed vice president of the new division. Larsen has an extensive career in the inspection of cell towers, mission critical facilities, and has strong ties to federal UAV/Drone programs.
“Our teams have done an outstanding job in the past six months implementing successful training and U.S. based operations programs,” said Jason Schreiber, Owner and General Manager of SixArms. “Together, we have successfully brought RF Test and Measurement solutions into the 21st century by making use of UAVs equipped with our integrated Airborne Radio Measurement Systems (ARMS) to bring an absolute solution to RF Coverage and Antenna Pattern Verification. With QCommunications and QForce, SixArms now has the U.S extension needed to bring the most accurate and efficient RF measurements across the nation and eventually the world,“ he added.
“We are very pleased to be able to provide a premium product and services to the U.S broadcast industry,” said Tony ZumMallen President of QCommunications. “Today’s announcement further extends the global reach of SixArms technology as we expand into new markets and customers.”
The agreement with QCommunications will strengthen SixArms’ leading position in the global RF measurement business while significantly increasing the SixArms portfolio in the U.S.
QCommunications’ QForce Airborne Division, developed to deliver the most on-site comprehensive program seen to date, will offer complete RF Verification inspections including Coverage Verifications along with Thermal/IR and Structural inspections.
QForce Airborne Division has already booked multiple inspections for numerous customers, all of which are benefiting from either group or single pricing, resulting in an aggressive 2020 schedule. The Division is also accepting new customers.
QCommunications will be one of two SixArms companies certified in the U.S to provide Airborne RF Verification measurements.