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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-17-C-6507
Agency Tracking Number: N153-126-0015
Amount: $749,964.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N153-126
Solicitation Number: 15.3
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-04-26
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 Dr. Gregory M. Bower
 Principal Investigator
 (570) 322-2700
Business Contact
 Cathy Brooke
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Research Institution

Upon completing the Phase I program, QorTek was able to successfully demonstrate an antenna protection device which consists of a mechanical mechanism which physically and electrically separates the antenna from an accidental contact to high voltage such as those found in overhead high voltage (>30kV) tension lines. This mechanism is useful on HF radio systems, such as those from 3 – 30 MHz, whose antennas must be long (> 45in) in order to be efficient radiators. The device is also compatible with older fielded antennas as well as newer systems currently deployed. The mechanism was tested up to 5kV and successfully actuated in a few AC cycles provided the desired disconnect time. The Phase II program aims to further fine tune and develop the mechanism to provide protection up to 35kV and disconnect speeds of less than three AC 60Hz cycles. The device will also be ruggedized to provide reliable and repeatable functionality in all MIL-STD conditions. The protection device, which is inserted between the man-pack or hand-held radio and antenna, will be evaluated by our program partners Harris Communication Systems and Lockheed-Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) Owego.

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