Lightweight Deployable Antenna System.
Patent, Filed 7 Sep 90, patented 25 Feb 92,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A deployable antenna assembly includes a canister providing an elongated chamber and an elongated hollow mast with a mounting member on its upper end. A coaxial cable extends into the hollow mast to provide radio signals to the antenna assembly and four antenna members of resiliently deflectable wire spaced at 90 degrees intervals about the periphery of the mounting plate comprise a generally helical coil and elongate arms extending downwardly along the inner wall of the canister, and each opposed pair comprises a dipoles. A pair of baluns are connected to the coaxial cable and disposed adjacent the mounting member, and a phase shifter are connected between the coaxial cable and one of the baluns. Connectors conductively connect the central conductor of the balun to the coil of one of the antenna members of a dipole, and the conductive shield to the coil of the other antenna member of a dipole. A sealing medium is provided about the baluns, and phase shifter. The coils of the antenna members are flexed when the arms are the downwardly extending position within the canister, and the canister is slidable relative to the mast and antenna members to free the arms therefrom for extension into a horizontal position.
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