Wideband, Dual-Polarized, High-Frequency (HF) Element

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-08-C-0032
Agency Tracking Number: F073-064-1523
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-064
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
Q-TRACK CORP.
515 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35816
DUNS: 121059757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hans Schantz
 Chief Scientist
 (256) 489-0075
 h.schantz@q-track.com
Business Contact
 Jerome Gabig
Title: President
Phone: (256) 489-0075
Email: j.gabig@q-track.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Antenna performance (gain) is proportional to antenna size. Q-Track proposes a combined vertical polarization (V-pol) and horizontal polarization (H-pol) ultrawideband (UWB) antenna element with bandwidth capable of covering the entire 6-28MHz bandwidth. This element will have a height of approximately 20m (60ft) to achieve a lower frequency of 6MHz. Q-Track further proposes to establish a scale-bandwidth relationship for this element to demonstrate how more compact tuned versions of the element could be used at the cost of a more restricted simultaneous bandwidth. Alternatively, the bandwidth of a 6-28MHz element can be extended down to 3MHz or even lower using such tuning. Q-Track will validate theoretical predictions by measurements on scale models of the elements. Q-Track’s approach will conclusively demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed design and allow the Air Force to make an informed decision on an appropriate size element to achieve desired performance.

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