Microwave technology is responsible for a huge portion of modern communication. While the waves are invisible to the naked eye, they need a clear path to their destination in order to function properly, just like any physical object would. Getting perfect alignment between the antenna and the rest of the system to create a clear path is tricky, but it provides several crucial benefits.
Proper alignment prevents problems. Anything that blocks the transmission of microwave signals from the source to the receiver can stop the system from working. That is merely inconvenient in most cases, but it can cause fatal problems during an emergency if it makes communications more difficult.
Perfect alignment minimizes the odds of that happening by making sure that no stationery objects are blocking the transmission. It usually takes a lot to block a transmission in its entirety, so it is rare for movable objects to cause a complete loss on their own. As long as the system is aligned to avoid big obstructions, the owner can be confident in its reliability.
Margin for Error
Accidents happen, and that means that components will occasionally get knocked out of alignment over time. Most systems can still function when they are slightly out of alignment. A system that starts out with perfect alignment can often remain in good shape after it gets bumped out of position, which makes sure that nobody suffers from a serious loss of service during the time that it takes for the owner to realign the system.
Clarity is vital for good communications. Audio messages should be crisp and clear to prevent misunderstandings, while videos need to avoid discoloration and other visual glitches. Those problems often occur when the microwave transmission that carries the data gets interrupted. Even a relatively small amount of interference can cause these problems, which makes them one of the most common issues that a system can face. The best way to prevent them is to align the system to avoid interference.
Most people make speed their highest priority when choosing a telecommunication service, and nothing is quite as irritating as a delay in a system that can go faster. Waves will move more quickly through the open air than through most obstructions, so optimizing their alignment will make sure that the system goes as quickly as it can.
It is easiest to diagnose technical problems when there are only a few to consider. Being able to rule out misalignment as the cause of a problem makes the process much easier, and ensures that other problems can be identified and fixes as quickly as possible.