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Latest Advances in VNA Accuracy Enhancements

A vector network analyzer (VNA) measurement accuracy depends on the accuracy of the calibration standards, the calibration method employed and the instrumentation accuracy. Advances in signal processing technology, computation technology, manufacturing...
July 6, 2005
Calibration standards such as opens and shorts have traditionally been modeled by fitting the actual response of the standard to a third-order polynomial. 1 This approach has limitations as the frequency range of the standards increases. Multiple-band models for the same calibration standard were created in an effort to...
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A Monopole with a Twist Revisited

July 6, 2005
Several years ago, a new antenna was developed to address the increasing need for compact wideband antennas. 1,2 The new antenna was presented as a novel spiral configuration best described as a Tapered Area Small Helix (TASH). The original work drew the interest of the US Army Communications —...
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Multi-gigabit Connectivity at 70, 80 and 90 GHz

July 6, 2005
In October 2003, the FCC announced that the frequency bands from 71 to 76 GHz, 81 to 86 GHz and 92 to 95 GHz were available for wireless applications. FCC chairman Michael Powell heralded the ruling as opening a “new frontier” in commercial services and products for the American...
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New Products

New Waves: Communicatins/Wireless Apllications
July 6, 2005
Enhanced Wireless Network Simulator Software This wireless network simulator (WNS) software enhances the functions of the MD8470A signaling tester — a base station simulator for mobile terminal application software development and verification. It establishes interactive operation between the MD8470A and a W-CDMA or GSM/GPRS mobile terminal and simplifies the...
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Around the Circuit

July 6, 2005
Industry News Radiall has bought New Haven, CT-based Applied Engineering Products Inc. (AEP). The newly acquired company ranks among the largest of the independent designers and manufacturers of the subminiature coaxial connectors and cable assemblies, used in high reliability radio and microwave frequency applications. Their products are sold primarily...
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Harris Awarded $35 M Contract Modification to Modernize FAA Communications

July 6, 2005
Harris Corp. announced that it has been awarded a $35 M contract modification by the Federal Aviation Administration to upgrade the voice communications displays used by the nation’s air traffic controllers as part of the existing Voice Switching and Control System (VSCS) contract that the company was awarded in...
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XTAR Awarded a Multi-year Contract to Provide Diplomatic Communications

July 6, 2005
XTAR LLC announced that it has been awarded a contract with the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Telecommunications Service Program Office (DTS-PO), Fairfax, VA, to provide X-band communications services to embassies and consulates in Africa and Asia. The five-year contract has an estimated maximum value of up to $137...
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Lockheed Martin Selected for Continued Development of ISAT

July 6, 2005
The Air Force announced that Lockheed Martin has been selected to continue development of the Innovative Space Based Radar Antenna Technology, known as ISAT. The contract, valued at $19.5 M, is for the next phase of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) ISAT project, administrated by the Air...
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Northrop Grumman ‘Tactical Internet’ System Wins Award

July 6, 2005
A Northrop Grumman-developed system that provides joint coalition forces with a clear, continuous common operating picture of the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan has been honored as the “Best Program in Support of Coalition Operations.” The Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2)-Blue Force Tracking System and its...
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Forecast is Good as Microwave Sounders Go Into Orbit

July 6, 2005
A new era in global meteorological forecasting has begun with the launch of the first of five EADS Astrium state-of-the-art microwave humidity sounder (MHS) instruments on board the US polar orbiting satellite NOAA-N. The contract was awarded by EUMETSAT and the microwave sounders will form part of the instrument...
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