The AHA-840 Active Horn Antenna is part of Com-Power’s extensive line of EMC test antennas. The AHA-840 smartly incorporates a broadband, double ridged wave guide horn antenna with precision wave guide to coaxial adaptor (meticulously tuned as a set for optimum VSWR performance and impedance matching) and a broadband, high-gain, low noise preamplifier; integrated into a single, well-built, durable, custom designed assembly which facilitates the flexibility to be configured for almost any application.
There are many challenges associated with radiated emissions testing in the 18 to 40 GHz frequency range. Most will agree that, after the investment of necessary capital (which is really more of an obstacle than a challenge), the next highest on the list is achieving an acceptable signal to noise ratio to be able to perform the testing accurately.
Although, if the initial investment of capital is used wisely, the second challenge can be made to be much less challenging. The AHA-840 Active Horn Antenna can go a long way in this regard. By employing the AHA-840 Active Horn Antenna in conjunction with a set of high-quality, low-loss microwave cables (kept as short as possible), you’ll be able to alleviate most of the challenges others face, and be able to start testing.
The RF connection between the antenna output connector and preamplifier input is made externally via a short, high quality coaxial cable assembly. The accessibility of these connection points allows the insertion of attenuation pads, band pass filters, notch filters, etc., as needed, between the antenna and preamplifier, which is not possible with other antennas of this type available on the market.
This test equipment arrangement, with the placement of the preamplifier near the antenna, rather than next to (or embedded into) the test receiver, increases measurement accuracy by amplifying the received signals prior to being significantly attenuated by the long cable run between the test site and test equipment area.
The gain of the preamplifier intentionally increases with frequency at about the same slope as the antenna factor of the horn vs frequency, resulting in a relatively flat active antenna factor over the frequency range.
The AHA-840 can also be easily configured for other applications as well. By adding attenuation between the antenna and preamplifier, or simply bypassing the preamplifier altogether, the antenna can be used for measurements of higher-amplitude signals, where preamplifier saturation becomes more of a concern than signal to noise ratio. This capability gives the AHA-840 an unrivalled dynamic range over which measurements are able to be performed.
The antenna can also be used for immunity testing. By removing the wave guide to coaxial adaptor and connecting directly, or with a length of flexible wave guide, to your amplifier’s wave guide output, field strengths up to 1100 V/m @ 1 meter can be achieved with 200 watts input power.
With the wave guide to coaxial adaptor left in place, field strengths up to 250 V/m @ 1 meter can be achieved with 10 watts input power.