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Light Weight Man-portable High Frequency (HF) Antenna

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56KGU-19-C-0050
Agency Tracking Number: A191-034-1677
Amount: $107,990.30
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19-034
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-18
Small Business Information
2904 Westcorp Blvd Suite 210
Huntsville, AL 35805
United States
DUNS: 832864370
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Griff Gothard
 Senior Research Engineer
 (256) 319-2026
Business Contact
 Billy Todd
Phone: (256) 319-2026
Research Institution

For deployment scenarios where the primary communication bands are disrupted, the Army requires High Frequency (HF) antenna systems for backup communications. These HF systems must be transported, typically in man-pack fashion, to the battlefield. Current state-of-the art portable HF antennas used by the Army are heavy and time consuming to erect. Most available commercial architectures that reduce weight and are easier to assemble sacrifice performance (efficiency/gain over the operating bandwidth) for these features. Thus, the Army requires an updated HF antenna system that is light-weight, portable and reasonably efficient over the required bandwidth. Utilizing light-weight materials, such as carbon fiber cloth and manufactured magnetic materials (so called ‘metamaterials’), IERUS will design an HF antenna system that meets the physical and RF requirements. The resulting antenna design will have comparable performance relative to existing state-of-the-art antennas.

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