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Quad Ridge Flared Horns

 

                                        Specifications  
 
Frequency Range     FL to 6*FL GHz

Aperture Efficiency for Half-Angle, HA  >50%, typically >55%

(Aperture efficiency is for a fixed position of the feed relative to the reflector focal point; i.e.  any degradation due to phase center variation with frequency is included in the specification)

 

Output Reference Impedance   50 ohms

 

Return Loss      >10 dB, >15 dB over 90% of the band

 

Maximum Diameter     40cm / FL   for HA=50

 

Length      34cm / FL   for HA=50

 

Approximate Weight    0.7kg /( FL^3)  

                                         

                                           Description

 

QRFH-HA-6-FL feeds are  Quad-Ridge Flared Horn antennas designed to efficiently illuminate  microwave reflector antennas over a frequency range of FL to 6FL GHz where FL is to be specified for each feed and can range from 0.5 to 3 GHz.   The feeds are dual-linear polarized designed for a given half-angle, HA, subtended by the reflector or  sub-reflector facing the feed,  specified for each feed.   A  typical feed that has  been constructed  and tested with a shaped Cassegrain reflector is the QRFH-50-6-2 shown at left. 
 
The feeds are constructed entirely of aluminum except for the coaxial line center  conductor and SMA connectors which are  gold-plated steel. The feed may be operated at any temperature in the 4K to 350K range with very little change in performance. 
 
 
An important characteristic of all antennas is the scaling of performance with wavelength relative to dimensions.  Thus the measured return loss and patterns of the antenna with FL=2 GHz can be expected at frequency 2/X GHz for an antenna with all dimensions multiplied by X.  The QRFH antenna can be scaled except for the SMA connector which has only minor effect on return loss for frequencies up to 18 GHz

For more details on Quad Ridge Flared Horns, please read the provided PDF below