Efficient Wideband Antenna for JTRS Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) Communications Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$98,593.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00039-09-C-0113
Agency Tracking Number:
N083-226-0162
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-226
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
Farzin Lalezari
Principal Investigator
(303) 449-5211
flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Theresa Boone
Principal Investigator
(303) 449-5211
tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The JTRS program is changing the future of radio communications by providing access to unprecedented spectral bandwidth and exploiting new developments in software-defined radio. To match these developments in radio technology, a significant improvement over the current state-of-the-art in antenna technology is required. Specific performance criteria that must be addressed include efficiency, gain, ease of integration, power handling, size, environmental durability, and user safety. While these objectives represent new challenges for antenna systems for communications, they must be satisfied without sacrificing affordability or practical operation. FIRST RF Corporation has evaluated these requirements and is proposing the use of two breakthrough antenna technologies that use innovative design techniques to meet the needs of the JTRS program. These concepts pair proven development approaches that have been demonstrated in FIRST RF’s antenna technologies with new antenna concepts from FIRST RF’s internal research and development (IR&D) efforts. Fundamentally, the volume required for a wideband antenna to maintain efficient performance across a desired band of interest is proportional to its gain and bandwidth. In order to accommodate real-world integration considerations, it is important to maximize the efficient use of this volume and provide a practical form-factor for the antenna.

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