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Improved UHF Antenna

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-02-M-1201
Agency Tracking Number: 021SN-2258
Amount: $98,442.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Post Office Drawer 719, 735 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
United States
DUNS: 062090113
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Kornbau
 Senior Engineer
 (937) 429-9261
Business Contact
 Scot Fries
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 963-8761
Research Institution

"MRC had developed conformal UHF Communications (voice, satellite data) and other CNI antennas, and is aware of many issues involved. These include antenna design, LO treatment, and aperture/aperture/airframe interactions. The installation method calledout in the topic description (through the wing) is somewhat unique and opens design options and avenues (as well as potential pitfalls) not possible in single sided installations.In this proposal, we present an approach and techniques for achieving the UHF communications range (horizon gain better than -2 dBil), coverage, and instantaneous bandwidth desired. This is in addition to achieving a certain level of low reflectivitycapability. The approaches addressed include conformal directional apertures to minimize interference, highly efficient apertures, a number of matching techniques, and new LO treatment implementations. The conformal aspects of this effort will reduce dragand hide external evidence of an onboard UHF communications system, and be more aesthetically pleasing than a whip or a blade. The LO aspects would be for military or other Government applications."

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