Communications

Rugged antennas for L, S, and C band communication

19th February 2018
Alice Matthews

 

Rugged RF and microwave antenna and accessory product provider, Southwest Antennas, has released a new line of tri-band antenna solutions designed to cover several popular sub-bands across the L, S, and C Bands. These omni-directional antennas are tuned for high performance operation in the following frequencies: 1.70-1.85, 2.2-2.5 and 4.4-5.0GHz.

For users who expect to utilise these bands or deploy multi-band radio systems, tri-band antennas can reduce the amount of kit required for deployment, helping to reduce carry weight, overall cost, and system complexity. These antennas are suitable for use with body-worn tactical radio systems, mobile robotics platforms and control systems, MIMO/MANET mesh radio systems, urban area mesh network deployments, broadcast video systems, and more.

The new tri-band antennas are designed to withstand deployments in harsh operating environments around the world, with rugged construction and a matte black finish with black chrome RF connectors for low-visibility operations.

Two antenna base options are available:

  1. Ultra-Flex weatherproof sealed spring base, which allows the antenna to bend and flex upon impact and minimise risk of damage to mated RF connectors.
  2. Integrated RF coaxial gooseneck, which can bend and hold the antenna in non-vertical positions.

To improve antenna performance and operator usability, these antennas feature rugged cylindrical fiberglass radomes. The cylinder shape provides the antenna additional strength and eliminating issues where 'paddle' shaped antennas can’t lie flat. This mechanical design coupled with proprietary antenna tuning technique ensures excellent performance and antenna efficiency across the three bands.

These new antennas are available in the following base and RF connector choices:

  • Part 1001-194: Tri-Band Omni Antenna, Half Wave Dipole, 1.70-1.85, 2.2-2.5, 4.4-5.0GHz, 2.7dBi Peak Gain, Ultra-Flex Sealed Spring Base, TNC(m) RF Connector
  • Part 1001-198: Tri-Band Omni Antenna, Half Wave Dipole, 1.70-1.85, 2.2-2.5, 4.4-5.0GHz, 2.7dBi Peak Gain, Ultra-Flex Sealed Spring Base, SMA(m) RF Connector
  • Part 1001-181: Tri-Band Omni Antenna, Half Wave Dipole, 1.70-1.85, 2.2-2.5, 4.4-5.0GHz, 2.7dBi Peak Gain, Integrated RF Gooseneck, TNC(m) RF Connector
  • Part 1001-182: Tri-Band Omni Antenna, Half Wave Dipole, 1.70-1.85, 2.2-2.5, 4.4-5.0GHz, 2.7dBi Peak Gain, Integrated RF Gooseneck, SMA(m) RF Connector
  • Park 1001-183: Tri-Band Omni Antenna, Half Wave Dipole, 1.70-1.85, 2.2-2.5, 4.4-5.0GHz, 2.7dBi Peak Gain, Integrated RF Gooseneck, Type-N(m) RF Connector.

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