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Enhanced antenna-pattern measurements for Satellite systems

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2 Author(s)
Kilic, Ozlem ; Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, DC, USA ; Zaghloul, A.I.

This paper describes an enhanced measurement technique for earth-station antennas in a satellite communication system. A new data-acquisition algorithm improves the dynamic range of the measurements by increasing the signal-to-noise ratio in the test setup. The resolution limitation of conventional techniques is eliminated without any modifications to the ground station setup. The proposed approach improves the conventional measurement techniques by utilizing pulse modulation of the test-signal amplitude and its synchronous detection. The noise floor in the pattern is reduced by biasing out the average noise power calculated during the OFF cycle of the pulse. In addition, a randomly fluctuating local mean in the receiver output is reduced. Experimental results show improvements of as much as 25 dB in the noise variance and over 11 dB in the dynamic range of the antenna pattern.

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Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 2 )