Low-profile dual-polarized UHF array antenna
October 12, 2010
A low-profile dual-polarized UHF array antenna has been developed for wide field-of-view dual sector coverage in the 250 to 450 MHz frequency range for communications or radar applications. The antenna utilizes a pair of parasitically-tuned dipole arrays for horizontal polarization and a pair of parasitically-tuned monopole arrays for vertical polarization, and both arrays are mounted on a common ground plane. The thickness of the antenna is 18.2 cm. Numerical electromagnetic simulations were used to analyze and optimize the antenna parameters prior to fabrication. Measurements of the dual-polarized prototype in an anechoic chamber demonstrate the antenna?s return loss and dual-polarized radiation gain pattern performance.