Ultra - Wideband, zero visual signature RF vest antenna for man-portable radios
Lebaric, Jovan E.
Adler, Richard W.
Limbert, Matthew E.
This paper presents the recent research of the COMbat
Wear INtegration (COMWIN) RF Vest antenna presented
at MILCOM2000. This version of the ultra-wideband
VHF/UHF (30 MHz to 500 MHz) vest antenna, designated
as MK-III, is integrated into the existing dismounted
Marine/Soldier Kevlar flak vest and has no visual
signature. This antenna is one of the three COMWIN
antennas developed at the Naval Postgraduate School
(NPS) for the Joint Tactical Radio System applications. The improved RF Vest (MK-III) was designed using
Ansoft’s High Frequency Structure Simulator (HFSS)
software. This design accounts for the operator wearing
the flak jacket, the MOLLE pack system, and the radio
(radio dimensions based on SINCGARS man-portable
radio). Several prototypes have been built at NPS and
exhibit encouraging agreement with computer simulations.