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High Voltage Antenna Protection for Hand-held and Man-pack Radios

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-16-C-6515
Agency Tracking Number: N153-126-0015
Amount: $149,116.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N153-126
Solicitation Number: 2015.3
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-04-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-09-01
Small Business Information
1965 Lycoming Creek Road Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701
United States
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Gregory M Bower
 (570) 322-2700
Business Contact
 Cathy Brooke
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Research Institution

In order to be an effective EM radiator, monopole antennas must be ideallywavelength. For HF frequencies, this can result in a significantly long radiator. This long radiator, when deployed, can accidentally contact a HV source such as an overhead power line. The results of such a contact can be devastating for the radio operator and potentially nearby soldiers. Because of this threat, a simple solution has been to deploy the antennas with a protective covering. Although effective, this approach leads to a bulky and cumbersome solution. To overcome this issue, QorTek proposes to modify currently used whip and blade-type antennas to avoid catastrophic HV contact. The proposed method involves inserting a mechanical fuse-like element between the antenna components with an additional protection being provided by a high voltage capacitor. This simple device will easily include itself within the multi-component whip antenna while requiring slight modification for insertion into the blade antenna. Upon contact, the mechanical fuse element will trigger instantly removing the contact point and thereby avoiding dangerous consequences. With this modification being an add-on, the damaged end can be quickly replaced to yield full-service capability or the antenna can continue to be continued to be used with reduced radiating efficiency.

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