The antenna range at Malvern Optical consists of a 7.3 m turntable (maximum load 70 tonnes), an antenna array and associated measurement laboratory.
Using this facility, it is possible to measure antenna radiated patterns (ARP polar plots) for assessment of the directional properties of antennas – in line with UK Defence Standard 59-411.
Correct positioning of antennas is critical to the performance of any communications system. Assessment using ARP can determine the impact of positioning or interference from other structural components.
Our test range can be used for both mobile platforms and static installations using a large turntable to rotate the sample, avoiding the need to move the test equipment set-up.
We have a range of receiving antennas for testing purposes, from the large antenna array to smaller bi-conical or horn antennas, in order to determine antenna radiated performance (with positioning or gain). The facility can also be used to support other Customer requirements in different frequency ranges using their own test equipment, if desired.
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Explore our other first-class test and experimentation facilities at our Pershore site.
Our RF Plotting Range is located at our site on Throckmorton Airfield.
Formally known as RAF Pershore, Throck Morton Airfield is home to the Throckmorton Air Show and was built in the 1940s, during the Second World War and was home to No 23 Operational Training Unit equipped with Wellington bombers.
Hangar 3, Throckmorton Airfield,
Long Ln, Throckmorton,
Pershore WR10 2JH