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Embedded Co-Located Antenna Elements to Increase Pattern Coverage and…

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Department of Defense
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2014 / SBIR
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FIRST RF Corporation
CO Boulder, CO 80301-2312
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Embedded Co-Located Antenna Elements to Increase Pattern Coverage and Effectively Mitigating Interference for Improved Communications
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-14-C-A204
Award Amount: $499,986.00


The future net-centric military provides enhanced battlefield awareness through wireless links between unmanned aerial vehicles, high-speed aircraft, rotary-winged platforms, and soldiers on the ground. To support this, platforms must accommodate a variety of antennas, not to mention traditional payloads such as sensors, fuel, weapons, and personnel. The integration of antennas on rotary-winged platforms is particularly challenging since performance can be greatly impacted depending on mounting location. The ideal mounting locations are thus over-crowded with antennas that pose a cosite and blockage problems. This dictates the need for a wideband efficient antenna that can operate over various frequency bands and waveforms while sharing a single mounting location. These frequency bands and waveforms include SINCGARS 30-88 MHz, VHF AM / ATC 116-174 MHz, UHF-AM / HAVEQUICK 225-400 MHz, Public Safety 450-512 MHz, and WNW / SRW 1200-2500 MHz. FIRST RF, a leader in multi-band and wideband antennas, is leveraging embedded co-located apertures and integrated filtering to provide a unique multi element multi-band solution housed in a proven radome. This solution improves installed performance as well as reducing signature such as RADAR Cross Section.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Markey
Senior RF Engineer
(303) 449-5211

Business Contact:

Jeanne Hill-Jurik
Contracts Manager
(303) 449-5211
Small Business Information at Submission:

5340 Airport Blvd. Boulder, CO 80301-

EIN/Tax ID: 651165101
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No