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Company Information:

Name: Pharad LLC
Address: 1340 Charwood Road, Suite L
Hanover, MD 21076-
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (410) 590-3333

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,084,011.00 24
SBIR Phase II $5,539,147.00 7
STTR Phase I $449,999.00 5
STTR Phase II $1,718,581.00 4

Award List:

An Integrated Ultra-Wideband Antenna for Software Radios

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,285.00
Abstract:
Pharad proposes the design of low profile, conformal, efficient, ultra-wideband antenna platforms that can operate over the entire 2 MHz to 2 GHz frequency band. Such an antenna will be an integral part of the Joint Tactical Radio System. Our innovativeapproach to achieving such a large operating… More

Low-cost AIS Device for Small Boats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Austin Farnham, President
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Pharad proposes the design of a low cost Class B Basic AIS device that will be compliant with IEC 62287 testing requirements. Such a low cost AIS device is key to the wide scale deployment of AIS in vessels operating in US waters. Our innovative approach to achieving a commercially ready, low cost… More

Techniques to Remove Surface Wave Effects in Conformal Printed Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Director
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Pharad LLC proposes to design printed antenna arrays and develop antenna design techniques that have suppressed surface wave characteristics, thereby minimizing interactions between the antenna and the mounting platform. The principal structures we will utilize will be strategically located High… More

A Wireless Location Network for Marine Asset Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Director
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
Pharad LLC proposes to design and develop a fully automated marine asset tracking system that incorporates active ¿smart¿ Container Tags and a wireless communication network for precise container position location and monitoring. Such a system is vital for securing maritime cargo shipments and… More

Electromagnetic Concealed Weapons Detection at a Distance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Rodney Waterhouse, Director
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Pharad proposes to design a cost effective portable electromagnetic concealed weapons detection system that can be readily installed in a public areas, without interrupting the flow of human traffic. The system uses complex resonances for the identification of known targets, providing significant… More

Low-Cost Secure Carton System using Electrically Conducting Fabric

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Pharad proposes to design and develop technologies for the realization of a low-cost novel 'Secure Carton' which can detect tampering and physical intrusions. Our secure carton will also provide communication of the carton condition/status in real-time to the Advanced Container Security Device via… More

Electromagnetic Concealed Weapons Detection at a Distance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Rodney Waterhouse – (443) 562-5253
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II project Pharad proposes to develop and fabricate an engineering prototype concealed weapons detection system and test its weapon detection capability in a laboratory demonstration. The prototype system will incorporate the innovative electromagnetic technology for concealed weapons… More

Broadband Feedforward Photonic Linearization Circuit for High Dynamic Range RF Links

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Thomas Clark
Abstract:
Pharad is teaming with the Applied Physics Laboratory of The Johns Hopkins University to propose and investigate the feasibility of a novel, broadband photonic linearization circuit based on a feedforward technique for airborne military communication platforms. The circuit will have the ability to… More

Smart Antenna for UUV RF Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rodney Waterhouse, Director
Award Amount: $67,744.00
Abstract:
Pharad proposes to design and develop a novel, small, unobtrusive, power efficient, conformal, JTRS compliant RF communications antenna system for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) that will provide robust and high data rate line-of-sight (LOS) and satellite communication links. Our innovative… More

Ultra thin Super-Efficient Antennas for Low Power Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Rodney Waterhouse, Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Pharad proposes to develop an efficient low profile miniature printed antenna that can be used for monitoring the environmental health status of munitions. The new printed antenna incorporates two innovative strategies to reduce the overall size of the radiator without compromising its efficiency. … More

Broadband Feedforward Photonic Linearization Circuit for High Dynamic Range RF Links

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Vice-president
Award Amount: $500,000.00
RI Contact: Thomas Clark
Abstract:
In this Phase II STTR project, the team of Pharad and the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University plan to design and develop prototype broadband feedforward linearized photonic transceiver circuit assemblies with optimized SFDR performance. We will build upon our successful Phase I… More

Smart Antenna for UUV RF Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Director
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II SBIR project, we plan to develop novel, conformal, highly efficient wideband JTRS compliant antenna platforms for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs). We will leverage our Phase I design efforts to create the radiators that will enable reliable link connections without external… More

Ultra-wideband antenna integrated to airframe moldline

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Director, Antenna Group
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Pharad proposes to develop a highly efficient, ultra wideband antenna that is conformal with the outer mold line of a flight vehicle. Our novel solution is based on an optimized profile printed slot structure. This new antenna can yield bandwidths in excess of several octaves and is electrically… More

Compact High-Frequency Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, LA
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Vice-president
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Jeanne DePass
Abstract:
In this Phase I project Pharad and UCLA propose to create new physically small, electrically large HF antennas for vehicle-mount and man-portable applications. We will utilize a combination of antenna size reduction techniques: volumetric engineering; fractal structures; and slow-wave structures to… More

SBIR Phase I: Low-cost Super Efficient Smart Antenna for V-band Wireless Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Rod B. Waterhouse, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will create new enabling technologies that will help advance the state-of-the-art in V-band wireless communications. They will enable the realization of cost-effective high performance Vband wireless hardware based on single radio chip… More

Conformal Appliqué Antennas for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Austin Farnham, President
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I project Pharad proposes to create a family of thin, flexible conformal appliqué antennas that can adhere to the exterior skin of UAVs and aircraft. The flexible radiating assemblies will support FM, VHF TV, and UHF TV signal transmission/reception and be able to mount to a… More

Highly Efficient Wideband Antenna for Small Diameter Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Vice President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I project Pharad proposes to create a wideband, highly efficient, conformal, omni-directional radiator that can be integrated on small, smart munitions platforms, such as missile or bomb airframes. Our antenna solution will incorporate a novel wideband printed radiating element that… More

Highly Efficient Wideband Antenna for Small Diameter Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Vice President
Award Amount: $749,879.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase II effort is to develop conformal, efficient wideband antennas that have minimal radiation pattern ripple for small diameter bombs (SDBs), in particular for the SDB Increment II (SDB-II) program. We are proposing to leverage the new antenna technologies that we… More

Wideband Adaptive Printed Antenna with Minimal Pattern Undulation for UAS Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rodney Waterhouse, Vice President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort Pharad will investigate a new antenna structure that can be stealthily integrated or mounted on the surface of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platform and is capable of operating efficiently over a wide band of frequencies; from L-band to Ku-band (1 - 18 GHz). Importantly,… More

Radio Frequency Over Fiber in Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Vice President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort Pharad will investigate, develop and demonstrate photonic technologies to realize a high performance airborne fiber optic RF distribution (RFD) system for ISR aircraft that will lead to substantial reductions in SWaP (size, weight, and power) requirements. Photonic technology… More

Compact High-Frequency Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UCLA
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Vice President
Award Amount: $489,006.00
RI Contact: Austin Farnham
Abstract:
In this Phase II STTR project, the team of Pharad and the University of California, Los Angeles will build upon our successful Phase I theoretical and experimental proof-of-concept demonstrations to design, fabricate and test ruggedized antenna assemblies integrated into radio-carrying backpacks… More

STTR PHASE I: High Performance Signal Generation and Data Encoding for Fiber Distributed 60 GHz WPANs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, DEng
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact: Thomas Clark
Abstract:
This STTR Phase I research project will develop new enabling technologies for the realization of an integrated fiberoptic wireless network architecture for future millimeter-wave (mm-wave) wireless personal area networks (WPANs). To fully enable the diversity of bandwidth-demanding services for a… More

STTR Phase II: Optical Fiber Distributed 60 GHz Wireless Personal Area Network

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, DEng
Award Amount: $500,000.00
RI Contact: Michael L. Dennis
Abstract:
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II research project will create novel technologies for the realization of a cost-effective, optical fiber distributed 60 Gigahertz (GHz) wireless… More

Efficient Wearable Antennas for Astronaut EVA Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Rodney Waterhouse, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
In response to NASA SBIR Subtopic O1.02 (Antenna Technology), Pharad proposes to create a new class of highly efficient body wearable antennas suitable for astronaut Extravehicular Activity RF communications. The Phase I versions of the antennas will be developed on low loss, flexible material that… More

Platform Independent Omni-directional Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I project Pharad proposes to investigate several novel antenna concepts for a wideband direction finding (DF) surveillance system. Our objective is to create new low profile wideband antennas that can operate over 6 - 18 GHz and feature large fields of view and stable phase responses… More

Efficient Small Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I project Pharad proposes to investigate innovative new concepts for the creation of highly efficient electrically small antennas. We will investigate two key approaches: electrically small radiators that incorporate Slow Wave Engineering (SWE) concepts and efficient antenna matching… More

Wideband Photonic STAR Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I project we propose to investigate several novel antenna and electro-optic modulator concepts that are fundamental in the development of a wideband photonic simultaneous transmit and receive (STAR) module. Our objective is to create new technologies that will enable a photonic STAR… More

Highly Integrated RF Photonic Transmitter for High Dynamic Range RF Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Vice President
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I program, we will investigate new approaches for realizing an ultra-compact (40 mm x 20 mm x 5 mm), lightweight (< 6 g), high dynamic range (SFDR > 120 dB-Hz2/3, RF photonic transmitter suitable for operation in military aerospace environments. Our Phase I feasibility study will… More

Wideband Conformal Antenna for CREW Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Austin Farnham, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I project, Pharad proposes to develop and demonstrate a novel wideband, flat panel antenna capable of improving vehicle based CREW systems; allowing flat panel antennas to be mounted on various surfaces of the vehicle. This will allow CREW systems to operate more covertly, eliminating… More

Window Mounted UHF Antenna System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Vice President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort Pharad will build on its extensive experience developing high performance conformal flexible antenna technologies to create a window mounted UHF antenna system for MRFT (Miniaturized RF Tag) applications in Rotary and Fixed Wing Aircraft. In Phase I we will investigate a… More

Radio Frequency over Fiber in Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Vice President – (410) 590-3333
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
Photonic technology offers the potential for providing new capabilities, and significant performance improvements to a variety of microwave systems. Upgrading to a fiber optic harness for the distribution of RF signals in airborne platforms will offer a number of benefits over coaxial cables,… More

Efficient Small Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Rodney Waterhouse, Vice President
Award Amount: $1,716,454.00
Abstract:
The development of small, highly efficient antennas is critical for improving Warfighter communications capabilities. In this Phase II project Pharad will design, develop and demonstrate an electrically small UHF (225 - 400 MHz) antenna and RF front-end assembly based on the novel concepts created… More

Wideband Conformal Antenna for CREW Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Austin Farnham, President – (410) 590-3333
Award Amount: $749,978.00
Abstract:
The objective of this SBIR Phase II effort is to design, fabricate, test and deliver environmentally compliant conformal wideband, efficient antenna assemblies with well controlled radiation patterns that can be readily and covertly integrated into vehicle CREW and airborne communication systems. … More

Co-Site Interference Mitigation in Phased Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Vice President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort Pharad will carry out a theoretical and experimental feasibility study of several innovative approaches for mitigating the effects of co-site interference that arises due to narrowband transmit and wideband receive phased array apertures that are deployed in close proximity to… More

Small Dual-Band RHCP Printed GNSS Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rodney Waterhouse, Vice President – (410) 590-3333
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort Pharad will investigate and develop a new class of small circularly polarized antennas for GNSS handheld receiver terminals. Our solution will be based on novel technologies pioneered by Pharad that incorporate slow wave engineering concepts to reduce its overall size. The… More

Energy Efficient HF Transmit Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of California, LA
Principal Investigator: Rodney Waterhouse, Vice President – (410) 590-3333
Award Amount: $79,999.00
RI Contact: Jeanne DePass
Abstract:
In this N12A-T015 Phase I effort, the team of Pharad and UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) propose to develop a highly efficient High Frequency (HF) transmit antenna based on utilizing existing structures that are available in the surrounding environment, as radiation mechanisms. We… More

Ultra-Wideband Fiber Optic RF Distribution System for Submarine Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Vice President – (410) 590-3333
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort Pharad will develop novel technologies to realize an ultra-wideband fiber optic RF distribution system for submarine platforms that will provide significantly enhanced performance capabilities and cost savings compared to currently fielded solutions. Upgrading to a fiber optic… More

Techniques for Co-Site Interference Mitigation in Phased Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Vice President – (410) 590-3333
Award Amount: $742,867.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II program Pharad will build on successful Phase I feasibility studies of our two innovative approaches for mitigating the effects of co-site interference in submarine phased array communication systems. We will realize prototype hardware that will extend the co-site interference… More

Wideband RF Photonic Link with Real-Time Digital Post Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Dalma Novak, Vice President, Engineeri – (410) 590-3333
Award Amount: $80,000.00
RI Contact: Thomas Clark
Abstract:
Pharad is teaming with the Applied Physics Laboratory of The Johns Hopkins University to propose and investigate the feasibility of wideband (VHF to SHF) RF-to-digital photonic link architectures with real-time digital signal processing (DSP) that can meet the stringent performance metrics of… More