Highly Directive 100 to 300 MHz Super Gain Antenna

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9302-07-M-0012
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-357-1015
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF071-357
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
TOYON RESEARCH CORP.
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
Michael Gilbert
Senior Staff Analyst
(805) 968-6787
mgilbert@toyon.com
Business Contact:
Marcella Lindbery
Director of Finance and Contracts
(805) 968-6787
mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Air Force currently has a strong need to conduct antenna gain tests over the 100-300 MHz frequency band. It is desirable to conduct these tests indoors utilizing an anechoic chamber, to control the environment and reduce EMI from external sources. Unfortunately, the walls of anechoic chambers at these low frequencies have relatively high reflectivity that can cause unacceptable levels of multi-path. This issue is compounded by the fact that commonly available source antennas at these low frequencies (i.e. log-periodic antennas) have wide beamwidths and high sidelobes that heavily illuminate the chamber walls. Use of a more directive source antenna with reduced sidelobes and backlobes will help alleviate the mult-path problem. Toyon recently designed, built, and delivered a 300-1500 MHz, dual-polarized source horn for the Bistatic Anechoic Chamber at the Radar Reflectivity Laboratory at Pt Mugu. This design achieved a VSWR of less than 2:1, polarization isolation greater than 35 dB, and reduced sidelobes. The reduced sidelobes were achieved by utilizing a resistive film inside the horn to provide an amplitude taper across the aperture. Under this Phase I SBIR, Toyon proposes to re-optimize its dual-polarized, low sidelobe horn design specifically for the Air Force requirements.

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