DEVELOPMENT OF AN IMPROVED CENTER-FED WHIP ANTENNA.
Final rept. 2 July 62-30 Nov 63.
AVCO CORP CINCINNATI OH ELECTRONICS AND ORDNANCE DIV
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The purpose, principles of operation, design objectives, and performance of the improved center-fed antenna are reported. Detailed data are given for both the vehicular model and the elevated model which is designed for mast mounting to achieve increased communications range. The vehicular model has been reduced 50percent in weight compared to its predecessor and its reliability and economy of manufacture has been substantially improved by reduction in the number of components. The elevated antenna weighs 9.4 pounds, including counterpoise, and yields 3 to 4 db greater gain than the RC-292 antenna under the same conditions of operation. The improved antenna meets all the majordesign objectives and one model has been subjected to a set of stringent environmental tests with very good results. Author