Southwest Antennas releases a rugged GPS / GLONASS antenna

Southwest Antennas has introduced a high performance GPS and GLONASS active L1 / L2 patch antenna for high precision location, timing and navigation applications.

Part # 1065-042 covers both the L1 and L2 bands and supports military, commercial, and industrial applications. For military users, the antenna supports the GPS P / Y code with a bandwidth of +/- 20 MHz, which enables increased accuracy, interference immunity and encryption for authorized military applications.

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The built-in low-noise amplifier (LNA) and the filters of the antenna provide an active system gain of +28 dB and an out-of-band rejection of> 50 dB (+50 MHz / -35 MHz from L1, +35 MHz) / -45 MHz from L2). The specifications allow the antenna to operate in controversial and congested radio frequency environments.

“Our goal is to give radio operators who need high-precision GNSS solutions more deployment and mounting choices,” said Benjamin Culver, President and Co-Owner of Southwest Antennas. “By expanding our existing line of GPS antennas and gooseneck mounting options, users now have more freedom of choice in antenna placement to overcome reception problems in challenging environments.”

The low profile radome allows the antenna to be easily stowed in pockets or modular MOLLE (Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment) bags and attached to body armor, vests, backpacks or other tactical equipment. The custom black chrome-plated SMA (f) RF connector ensures that the antenna is waterproof and allows users to fully customize the placement of the antenna on their device and choose their own cable type and length to suit the mounting location prefer outside the recipient.

For additional flexibility in the mounting locations, part 1065-042 has a magnetic holder that is integrated flush with the radome of the antenna so that it can be quickly secured and removed from any ferromagnetic surface. This extends the operational capabilities of the antenna by allowing the antenna to be placed away from the attached radio system to improve satellite acquisition speed and signal strength when working in poor sky environments.

Applications include:

  • SAASM GPS, GLONASS, GNSS receivers and other precision navigation receivers
  • Manpack and handheld radios, dismantled communications at soldier level
  • Small form factor radios
  • Flat vehicle mounts and unmanned ground vehicles
  • Unattended / intelligent ammunition systems
  • Airmen, combat search and rescue radios
  • IED detection and destructive disturbance systems
  • Law enforcement and first responders
  • Precision survey receivers
  • Tracking of goods
  • Precision timing applications
  • LBS and M2M applications
  • Oil and gas industry

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