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Ideal for MIMO / MANET Applications
September 5, 2017 - Southwest Antennas, an industry leader in MIMO / MANET antenna
solutions, is pleased to announce the introduction of two new C-Band
LHCP body worn patch antennas. These new antennas join their existing line of
body worn antenna solutions, including options for L and S band radios.
Designed to be light weight and easily worn and hidden in tactical clothing, these body
worn antennas are ideal for use in multi-antenna MIMO / MANET radio applications such as
handheld and small form factor body worn tactical radios. The products are housed in a
rugged, waterproof UV stable polycarbonate radome and are built to withstand abuse in
harsh operating environments and active situations. The antenna is sealed to withstand
immersion in 20-meters (65.6 ft.) of salt water for two hours when the RF connector is
mated or sealed with protective end cap. The antenna's radome measures only half an inch
thick, and 2.2 inches in both length and width. A high quality and high performance black
chrome SMA(f) RF connector is used to prevent corrosion when the product is exposed to
high salinity environments for extended periods of time.
Extensive field testing has shown that these antennas provides superior RF performance,
ensure long range radio communication links, and provide high data rate throughput when
used with MANET / MIMO self-forming, self-healing radio networks, or SISO radio systems.
The antenna's directional RHCP or LHCP radiation pattern and axial ratio below 3dB
offers robust network connections and allows radio systems to connect even when users are
not directly facing each other or within clear line-of-site, helping to improve system
performance. Users of multi-antenna tactical radio systems can utilize one antenna on the
front of the body and one antenna on the back of the body, or in other 2x2, 3x3, or 4x4
MIMO antenna configurations in combination with additional body worn or vertically
polarized omni-directional antennas. The body worn antenna's circular polarization
properties also vastly improves terrestrial operation in all weather conditions.
With an operating frequency range covering 4.4 – 5.0 GHz the design offers excellent
performance in the DoD, Federal Law Enforcement, and NATO bands.
The design offers +4.2 dBic peak gain when worn on the body and +4.5 dBic of peak gain
when operating in free space making this product versatile and usable in both body worn
and off body applications.
The horizontal beamwidth of the antenna on the body is 104 degrees and it is 110
degrees when operating in free space. On the body the vertical beamwidth is 88 degrees and
it is 90 degrees when operating in free space.
In addition to body-worn applications, the free space performance of these antennas
make them ideal for many field applications in point-to-point or multi-antenna mesh
configurations, including fixed site infrastructure and mobile antenna applications.
Available now from Southwest Antennas, these antennas can be purchased from their
website, through an inside sales
representative, or through an authorized sales representative or distributor.
MOLLE pouches are also available for these antennas, adding additional mounting
options for users of tactical vests, bags, or other MOLLE gear.
Also available are Southwest Antennas'
complete line of body worn antenna options, covering ISM, L, S, and C bands.
About Southwest Antennas
Southwest Antennas specializes in the design and manufacture of rugged, high-performance
RF and Microwave antennas, accessory products, and customized antenna solutions
built for today's demanding communication environments. Founded in 2005 and headquartered
in San Diego, California, Southwest Antennas offers over 1,000 standard products
for broadcast video, military / defense, law enforcement, homeland security, surveillance,
aerospace, oil and gas, and M2M markets.
For more about Southwest Antennas, visit their website at
8145 Ronson Rd.,
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (858) 277-3300
Posted September 7, 2017