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#TechTuesday: Antenna Polarization 101

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One of most important topics when choosing an antenna is being aware of the polarization. Polarization exists due to the fact that all energy travels in the form of a 2-Dimensional wave unlike the 3-Dimensional world that we live in. This physical property of wave propagation can explain why a horizontally polarized antenna has trouble communicating with a vertically polarized signal. Let’s start by looking at a visual representation of these two types of polarization.

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While it may become clear how these waves travel it does not explain why the two are not compatible. The image above represents how the wave is sent from the transmitting antenna and in order for both antennas to communicate efficiently, they must have matching polarizations.  Think of the receiving antenna as a coin slot on a vending machine, and the transmitting antenna as a coin. The orientation of the slot on the vending machine can be either vertical or horizontal much like the polarization of the receiving antenna.  Now, what happens when you try to insert a coin vertically in a horizontal vending machine coin slot?  The same question can be asked when you attempt to transmit a from a vertically polarized antenna, to a horizontally polarized antenna, and the answer is pretty much the same as the vending machine coin slot analogy.

In a scenario where you have direct line of sight between the transmitting and receiving antenna, the polarization will have to line up for the two antennas to communicate efficiently. It isn’t impossible for two different polarized antennas to communicate but it is severely limited, and often made possible due to refraction and reflection of the signal. Generally speaking, it is a good rule of thumb to match polarizations when utilizing linear polarized antennas.  Most antennas today transmit and receive using vertical polarization.  In the real world those waves reflect off of everyday objects, which can change the polarization of the wave.  This would lead to a decreased signal strength at the receiving antenna.  Stay tuned for next week’s #Techtuesday where we will be covering Multi-Polarized antennas and how they solve polarization mismatch, polarization refraction, and polarization reflection.

MP Antenna Releases New Antenna for M2M, Vending, and Remote Monitoring

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New antenna increases coverage and connectivity for M2M, Vending, and Remote Monitoring Wireless Communications.

Elyria, Ohio – Today MP Antenna, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas, officially announces the release of its new wideband antenna designed for M2M, Vending, and Remote Monitoring Wireless Communications.

The new Multi-Polarized broadband antenna provides superior hemispheric patterning and continuous wideband performance for a variety of frequency bands (700MHz – 3GHz, 4GHz – 6GHz) and applications, including LTE, GSM, 3G, CDMA, PCS, 2.4GHz / 4.9GHz / 5.8GHz, 802.11 WiFi, WiMAX and dual band systems.  The MP Broadband N-Female Antenna allows users to transmit and receive in real world environments where other antennas fail to connect. Installs on any metal surface and improves signal stability and throughput for any voice or data device. The ideal antenna for any M2M, vending, or remote monitoring deployments.

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08-ANT-0959 Broadband Antenna

The Multi-Polarized antenna, 08-ANT-0959, features a compact size measuring 2.5 inches (64mm) in diameter and is less than 3.7 inches (94mm) tall. The single feed antenna is protected by a radome made from a high performance UV Stable polymer and mounts easily to any surface. Custom configurations and pigtail versions are also available.

MP Antenna, LTD. (http://www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas that are well-suited for a range of applications including public safety, wireless broadband systems, WiFi, WiMax, video monitoring systems, 3G, CDMA, GSM, PCS and LTE. The company’s product line improves signal penetration and connectivity in obstructed deployments providing increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and multi-path mitigation. MP Antenna’s products are protected under numerous US patents with many US and foreign patents pending. MP Antenna is privately held and designs and manufactures its products at their headquarters located near Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

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#TechTuesday: How to fix Multipath issues

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Multipath is a common occurrence with wireless devices as we discussed in last week’s #TechTuesday. To recap, multipath occurs when multiple signals from the transmitting antenna reach the receiving antenna via either a direct line of sight or by reflecting off of objects such as trees, walls, or furniture. These signals converge on the receiving antenna and can cause destructive interference, which can reduce the signal strength or cause the signal to drop out completely. Before you clear the office of all its furniture or cut down that tree in your backyard, there is a simple way to reduce the effect of multipath and the answer is spatial diversity.

Spatial diversity is usually achieved by having two or more antennas connected to separate radios inside a wireless device. In the picture below there are two receiving antennas that are both picking up the signal from the transmitting antenna. In the real world both antennas will be picking up multiple signals due to multipath and there is a chance that one of them is in a “dead” zone. However, with two antennas the receiving device  will have an option to choose the radio and antenna that is receiving the best signal.

Spatial Diversity Picture

This is why Wi-Fi routers have two, three, or even six antennas on them. The router is receiving multiple signals from the multiple antennas, but is only using the one that has the strongest signal. Having six antennas on a Wi-Fi router might seem like overkill, but in today’s wireless world people would do just about anything to make sure they have the best signal possible. However, is there a way to combine the same spatial diversity achieved with multiple into one antenna? The answer is Yes! Every antenna manufactured by MP Antenna has built in spatial diversity that helps eliminate multipath and creates a stable connection in real world environments!

MP Antenna utilizes patented technology that gives the antenna a unique three dimensional shape. Most antennas you see are dipole antennas, which are mostly always made from straight wire. For the dipole antenna to receive a signal, the radio wave has to “hit” this single piece of wire. This means the effective area for a dipole antenna to receive a signal is quite small. With a MP Antenna, you have a larger effective area in which the signal can be received due to the three dimensional shape as seen in the picture below.

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Dipole Antenna

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The MP Antenna creates spatial diversity by having this three dimensional shape. By having spatial diversity, the probability of the MP Antenna receiving a strong signal and not being in a dead zone due to multipath is greater than that of a dipole and many other antennas. One portion of the MP Antenna could be in a null, while another portion could be receiving a usable signal. This is just not possible with any other antenna, making a MP Antenna the best solution to overcome multipath issues. Fixing multipath problems is only one of many advantages using a MP Antenna has over the competition. Check back for the next #TechTuesday where we will start discussing more!

#TechTuesday: Multipath Explained

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In an ideal world for wireless communication there would be no object in-between or around the transmitting and receiving antennas. With no objects between the antennas, an ideal line of sight can be achieved with a proper setup. However, in the real world there are trees, buildings, and even the Earth that make a perfect line of sight just about impossible. Wireless signals reflect off these objects on their way from the transmitting antenna to the receiving antenna, creating multiple paths for the signal to travel. This phenomenon is known as multipath.

The receiving antenna receives the transmitted waves via multiple directions due to multipath objects; therefore the signal is picked up multiple times. In the figure below there are two “signals” being transmitted, one has a direct line of sight and the other is reflected off an object.

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The reflected signal has a longer distance to travel than the direct line of sight, which could cause the signals to arrive at different phases and cause deconstructive interference. When this occurs the radio will see a weaker signal from the receiving antenna or could even cause the signal to drop out completely.

When your cell phone loses all its bars or your car radio cuts out, your issue may be multipath. Mostly everyone knows that by moving to a different location the signal will usually improve. With the idea of multipath, you are moving to a spot where the reflected signals off of everyday objects are coming to a point where the magnitude of the interference between them is lower. Stay tuned for next week’s #TechTuesday where we will discuss how multi-polarized antenna designs mitigate multipath in wireless deployments!

#TechTuesday: Omnidirectional Radiation Patterns

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Which antenna is right for my deployment???

Antenna selection is by far the most commonly overseen task in designing a system or deployment. Why? Because antennas are boring… they are passive devices that offer zero analytics and no nifty software. They simply plug-in to sophisticated active devices, and take a back seat while the radio gets all of the credit. However, without the RIGHT antenna, or an antenna at all, your fancy software on your fancy radio will not work. Your devices will not connect, you won’t be able to provide your customers the service they need, and most likely someone will be complaining.

Antenna selection does not have to be a daunting task. The number one issue that we have seen over the years falls under the category of radiation pattern selection, specifically when it comes to Omnidirectional Antennas.   Lets look at a few radiation patterns and discuss where they work best.

Omnidirectional Dipole Antennas:

These antennas have a doughnut shaped radiation pattern and are ideal for connecting devices that are on the same plane and to either side of each other. These are commonly misused in in-building and mobile applications.  In mobile applications, Omnidirectional Dipole Antennas fail to have the proper patterning needed in order to connect to a tower that is on a much higher elevation.  In in-building applications, Omnidirectional Dipole Antennas fail specifically in point to multipoint deployments where the user can be standing directly underneath a transmitting antenna, and be in a dead zone.

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Omni Directional HIGH GAIN Dipole

These are very similar to the Omni Directional Dipole, however, the gain is increased which in turn, reduces the beamwidth.  Again, these are ideal when a further reach is needed, but only when the transmit and receive antennas are on the same plane.

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Hemispheric Antennas

These antennas are ideal for indoor deployments and mobile applications.  When mounted with the radome facing up in a mobile application, as shown in the plot below, the radiation pattern is directed above the antenna making it possible to transmit and receive signals from antennas that are at higher elevations.  When mounted with the radome facing down in an in-building application, a hemispheric antenna offers less of a dip in its pattern when standing directly underneath the antenna and ultimately reduces the possibility for dead spots.

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MP Antenna Unveils Compact Broadband NMO Mount Antenna

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Latest antenna provides superior coverage and connectivity for mobile voice, data systems, and wireless communications

Elyria, Ohio – Today MP Antenna, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas, officially announces the release of its new wideband antennas designed for Mobile Broadband Wireless Communications.

The new Multi-Polarized broadband antenna provides superior hemispheric patterning and continuous wideband performance for a variety of frequencies (700MHz – 6GHz) and applications, including LTE, GSM, 3G, CDMA, PCS, 2.4GHz / 4.9GHz / 5.8GHz, 802.11 WiFi, WiMAX and dual band systems.

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The Multi-Polarized NMO antenna, 08-ANT-0954, features a compact size measuring 2.5 inches (64mm) in diameter and is less than 3.7 inches (94mm) tall. The single feed antenna is protected by a radome made from a high performance UV Stable polymer and mounts easily to any surface on a high frequency NMO Mount. Custom configurations are also available.

MP Antenna, LTD. (http://www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas that are well-suited for a range of applications including public safety, wireless broadband systems, WiFi, WiMax, video monitoring systems, 3G, CDMA, GSM, PCS and LTE. The company’s product line improves signal penetration and connectivity in obstructed deployments providing increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and multi-path mitigation. MP Antenna’s products are protected under numerous US patents with many US and foreign patents pending. MP Antenna is privately held and designs and manufactures its products at their headquarters located near Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

#TechTuesday: Gain and Radiation Patterns Explained

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Antenna Gain?  What is it?  Gain is a key parameter for antennas that is a product of radiation directivity and electrical efficiency. To better understand antenna gain,  antenna designers utilize two dimensional, and three dimensional patterns to aid in proper antenna selection.  These patterns provide system engineers a visual of how a specific antenna radiates.

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The above diagrams (Figure 1 and Figure 2) represent two cuts of a three dimensional radiation pattern, one for Azimuth (horizontal) and one for Elevation (vertical). This particular antenna was designed to be Omnidirectional with a peak gain at 2.4 GHz.  What this means to the customer is that the maximum efficiency and gain is achieved at this specific frequency. The first diagram represents the azimuth pattern of the antenna. To better understand the azimuth pattern, imagine looking down at the top of the antenna. Figure 3 is a 3D version of the antenna’s azimuth radiation pattern to help see how the two correlate.

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Figure 3

 

The elevation pattern plot (figure 2) represents if you are looking at the antenna from the side. Figure 4 is the 3D plot to show how the elevation diagram correlates to the polar diagram.  Since it can be hard to see the gain drops near the elevation angle of 90 degrees, this plot is in wireframe.

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Figure 4

 

Based on both the azimuth and elevation polar plots, a customer can determine where the antenna gets the best gain and select the most suitable antenna for their project. The example above shows an omnidirectional antenna with gain that is rather even at all azimuth angles. This will be drastically different from a directional antenna that will offer higher gain values that are concentrated in a particular direction. Stay tuned for our next #techtuesday where we will take a deeper dive into antenna patterns and further discuss antenna selection.

#TechTuesday: Frequency Explained

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Wireless technology is all around us, from a kid’s toy walkie-talkie to the newest smart phone in your pocket. We see and interact with these objects every day; however it is what we don’t see that makes this all possible, radio waves. These radio waves are continually transmitting information from one device to another and are constantly interacting with each other and their surroundings. But how can you sit in your house with the radio on, Wi-Fi connected, and talking on the cell phone at the same time? Even though all those devices are using radio waves, they are all operating at different frequencies.

Frequency is defined as the number of cycles of a wave per second. The unit of measurement for frequency is Hertz (Hz), 1 Hz is equal to one cycle (oscillation) per second. In the picture below the wave is oscillating 3 times per second, so the frequency would be 3 Hz.

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When considering radio waves, the frequencies are noticeably higher than the above example as they operate between 3 kHz (kilohertz) and 300 GHz (gigahertz). One kHz is equal to 1,000 Hz and one GHz is equal to 1,000,000,000 Hz, that’s one thousand and one billion oscillations per second respectively. These frequencies are well below the visual spectrum frequencies needed for human eyesight, which is why we cannot see them.

With the use of an antenna, a wireless device is able to send and/or receive radio waves. The device and antenna are designed to only pick up a certain frequency, for example a Wi-Fi router will operate at 2.4 GHz and a FM radio operates around 0.1 GHz. These radio waves will still interact with each other, but the interaction is minimal due to the large frequency difference. This is why you can operate your radio, Wi-Fi, and cell phone at the same time, they all operate at different frequencies with minimal interference. Now have you ever picked up your cordless phone to see your Wi-Fi cut out? Many Wi-Fi routers and wireless phone both operate at 2.4 GHz. With the same operating frequency, the interaction between the radio waves is at a maximum and can cause interference with one another.

So the next time you are installing a wireless device into your office or house, take into consideration what frequencies are used. The subject of frequency is an important fundamental for wireless devices and antennas and as you can see now, it is what you can’t see that can make all the difference in this wireless world.

Visit MP Antenna at CTIA 2014

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MP Antenna invites you to stop by booth #4445 during Super Mobility Week powered by CTIA, being held September 9-11 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. to learn how Multi-Polarized antennas can improve throughput and connectivity for any wireless deployment.

Visit MP Antenna at APCO 2013

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MP Antenna invites you to stop by booth #811 at the 79th Annual APCO International Conference & Expo in Anaheim, California, August 18-21, 2013 to learn how Multi-Polarized antennas can improve throughput and connectivity for any wireless deployment.

Multi-Polarized Antennas Solve WiFi Network Connection Issues For Mobile Devices

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New Antenna Offers Maximum Diversity for Indoor Wireless Networks

Elyria, Ohio (PRWEB) February 05, 2013

Multi-Polarized Indoor MIMO Antenna

MP Antenna, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas, today officially announced the availability of its new 2X and 3X line of Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) Antennas designed for indoor Wireless Communications.

The new Multi-Polarized Indoor MIMO antenna provides superior hemispheric patterning and continuous wideband performance for a variety of frequencies and applications, including 2.4GHz / 4.9GHz / 5.8GHz, 802.11 WiFi, WiMAX and dual band systems.

“The number of smart phones and tablets connecting to WiFi networks is growing, and not all access points are capable of adjusting signal polarization based on a client’s location and orientation.” noted Adam Doskocil, President of MP Antenna. “One of the major benefits of Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output wireless systems is the increased spatial diversity between antenna feeds that helps to overcome fading, interference and multi-path. Our MIMO antennas are unique and not only offer diversity between feeds, but are designed with patented multi-element radiators that provide each separate feed its own spatial and polarization diversity to further improve bandwidth efficiency and system reliability.”

The Multi-Polarized MIMO antennas are available with two or three separate antenna feeds in a single radome and feature an integrated ground plane, low loss cables, and high quality connectors for maximum system performance. The multiple antenna single radome design is made from a high performance UV Stable polymer measuring 4.5 inches (115mm) in diameter and is less than 2.5 inches (64mm) tall. All cabling feeds through a single .75 inch (19mm) stud that mounts easily to ceiling tiles and brackets. Custom configurations are also available.

The company will showcase their new Indoor and Mobile MIMO product lines, as well as debuting many new prototype MIMO configurations that include LTE/Cellular and GPS antennas at the upcoming International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) March 13 – 15, in Las Vegas at booth #765.

MP Antenna, LTD. (http://www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas that are well-suited for a range of applications including public safety, wireless broadband systems, WiFi, WiMax, video monitoring systems, 3G, CDMA, GSM, PCS and LTE. The company’s product line improves signal penetration and connectivity in obstructed deployments providing increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and multi-path mitigation. MP Antenna’s products are protected under numerous US patents with many US and foreign patents pending. MP Antenna is privately held and designs and manufactures its products at their headquarters located near Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

New MIMO Antenna Further Improves Bandwidth Efficiency and System Reliability

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New Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna offers maximum diversity and lowers installation costs for mobile wireless deployments.

Elyria, Ohio (PRWEB) January 24, 2013

MP Antenna, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas, today officially announced the launch of its new 2X and 3X line of Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas for mass transit, remote monitoring and mobile wireless communications.

The new line of Multi-Polarized MIMO antennas provide superior patterning and continuous wideband performance for a variety of frequencies and applications, including 2.4GHz / 4.9GHz / 5.8GHz, 802.11 WiFi, WiMAX and dual band systems.

Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna

“One of the major benefits of Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output wireless systems is the increased spatial diversity between antenna feeds that helps to overcome fading, interference and multi-path” noted Adam Doskocil, President of MP Antenna. “Our MIMO antennas are unique and not only offer diversity between feeds, but are designed with patented multi-element radiators that provide each separate feed its own spatial and polarization diversity to further improve bandwidth efficiency and system reliability.”

The Multi-Polarized MIMO antennas are available with two or three separate antenna feeds in a single radome and feature an integrated ground plane, low loss cables, and high quality connectors for maximum system performance. The multiple antenna single radome design is made from a high performance UV Stable polymer measuring 4.5 inches (115mm) in diameter and is less than 2.5 inches (64mm) tall. All cabling feeds through a single .75 inch (19mm) stud mount that reduces installation time and cost, making it ideal for use on metro transit buses, subways, trains, and public safety vehicles. Custom configurations are also available.

The company will showcase their new Indoor and Mobile MIMO product lines, as well as debuting many new prototype MIMO configurations that include LTE/Cellular and GPS antennas at the upcoming International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) March 13 – 15, in Las Vegas at booth #765.

MP Antenna, LTD. (http://www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas that are well-suited for a range of applications including public safety, wireless broadband systems, WiFi, WiMax, video monitoring systems, 3G, CDMA, GSM, PCS and LTE. The company’s product line improves signal penetration and connectivity in obstructed deployments providing increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and multi-path mitigation. MP Antenna’s products are protected under numerous US patents with many US and foreign patents pending. MP Antenna is privately held and designs and manufactures its products at their headquarters located near Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Visit MP Antenna at IWCE 2013

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IWCE Connects the Working World to Mobile Voice, Video and Data Solutions.

Visit MP Antenna at the International Wireless Communications Expo (booth #765) for the latest product demos and information.IWCE is the authoritative annual event for communications technology in the working world. Over 7,500 technology buyers from a diverse group of industry professionals from government, public safety, transportation, utilities and other enterprises gather together at IWCE to see the latest in effective and efficient communications systems. IWCE provides the foundation for the technology, operations, engineering and governance for your communications technology networks, systems and services.

Multi-Polarized Mobile Antennas Now Available in White

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Low Profile Antenna Line Available in New Colors

Elyria, OH —  12/19/2012 — MP Antenna, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas, today officially announced the addition of white mobile antennas to its product line. The company’s mobile antenna line had been previously available in only black and was expanded to white by popular demand. The antenna manufacturer also offers custom colors for OEM applications.
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MP Antenna manufacturers a wide variety of Multi-Polarized antennas for fixed and mobile installations that are well-suited for a range of applications including public safety, wireless broadband systems, WiFi, WiMax, video monitoring systems, 3G, CDMA, GSM, PCS, LTE, and other high obstruction deployments.

Both black and white mobile antennas are now available through MP Antenna’s authorized distributors with N-Female or NMO mounting options. For a listing of global distributors visit http://www.mpantenna.com.

MP Antenna, LTD. (www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas. The company’s product line improves signal penetration and connectivity in obstructed deployments providing increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and multi-path mitigation. MP Antenna’s products are protected under numerous US patents with many US and foreign patents pending. MP Antenna is privately held and designs and manufactures its products at their headquarters in Elyria, Ohio, USA.

Multi-Polarized Dual Band Antenna Selected as 2012 APCO Hot Product

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Low Profile Rugged Antenna Improves Public Safety Surveillance

Elyria, Ohio – At The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Annual International Conference & Expo in Minneapolis in August, the Omni Dual Band Antenna from MP Antenna was selected by a review team made up of public safety communications professionals as one of twenty-five Hot Products.

Dual Band AntennasThe antenna was designed to aid public safety with wireless surveillance deployments that are often plagued by multipath interference. The Omni Dual Band Antenna offers both Spatial and Polarization diversity that allows devices to stay connected in dynamic obstructed environments.

“There is a growing interest in this antenna with municipalities installing wireless video systems, in vehicle repeaters, and WiFi / WiMax network deployments” noted Adam Doskocil, President of MP Antenna. “This antenna has improved existing wireless systems as well, many of which were suffering from inconsistent streaming video and sporadic but reoccurring connection issues.”

The Omni Dual Band Antenna allows for both 2-3GHz and 4-6GHz operations and is available with N-Female or NMO mounting options, making it ideal for use on metro transit busses, subways and public safety vehicles.

MP Antenna, LTD. (www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas. The company’s product line improves signal penetration and connectivity in obstructed deployments providing increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and multi-path mitigation. MP Antenna’s products are protected under numerous US patents with many US and foreign patents pending. MP Antenna is privately held and designs and manufactures its products at their headquarters in Elyria, Ohio, USA.

New Patents on the Horizon for Antenna Manufacturer

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Elyria, OH – August 13, 2012 – MP Antenna, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas, announced today that it continues to file new patents based on unique three dimensional antenna designs.

“Our customers have recognized the benefits of deploying Multi-Polarized antennas throughout their networks” noted Adam Doskocil, President of MP Antenna. “We believe our current patents provide us a competitive advantage in a variety of markets and will continue to add to our worldwide portfolio through ongoing research and development.”

With a substantial number of U.S. and Foreign patents pending and numerous newly developed designs, MP Antenna will soon be more than doubling its patent portfolio.

About MP Antenna, Ltd.
MP Antenna, Ltd. (http://www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas that improve signal penetration and connectivity in dynamic environments. Their three-dimensional antennas outperform all other NLOS purported antennas in quality, reliability, and price while providing network users with increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity, and multi-path mitigation. MP Antenna products are protected under numerous US patents with other US and foreign patents pending. The company is privately held and headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, USA.

Huntsville Hamfest Live Aug 18-19

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Watch the Huntsville Hamfest Live Aug 18-19 on W5KUB.COM and signup for a chance to win a Super-M Antenna and other great prizes during the broadcast.

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To join the broadcast go to http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins! During the Huntsville Hamfest W5KUB will interview vendors regarding their latest products, and broadcast the announcement of the Young Ham of the Year. Special guests will include Bob Heil (K9EID) of Heil Sound; Martin F. Jue (K5FLU) founder of MFJ Enterprises; Kay Kraigie (N3KN), ARRL President; Charlie Emerson (N4OKL) representing Huntsville Hamfest; etc.

During the live broadcast, you will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with other ham radio operators from all over the world. During the 2012 Dayton Hamvention we had 47,400 viewers!

You could be the winner of one of 19 prizes, total value approximately $3500, which will be awarded during the broadcast! These prizes are made possible because of our relationship with partners; such as, GigaParts, Huntsville Hamfest Prize Committee, Ten-Tec, NCG Company, Kantronics, MP Antenna, ARRL, MFJ, and many hams which have donated individual prizes. In the past year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded! Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize. W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies and does not sell any products or services.

Huntsville Hamfest broadcast hours:

Friday, August 17: 1400 UTC (9:00 AM CT) drive from Memphis to Huntsville (4 hrs) and set up
Saturday, August 18: 1500 UTC – 2230 UTC (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CT) Huntsville Hamfest
Sunday, August 19: 1500 UTC – 2100 UTC (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CT) Huntsville Hamfest
Sunday, August 19: 2100 UTC (3:00 PM CT) drive from Huntsville to Memphis (4 hrs)

Visit MP Antenna at APCO 2012 (Booth #530)

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Visit MP Antenna at the APCO International 78th Annual Conference & Expo (booth #530) for the latest product demos and information.

August 19-22, Minneapolis Convention Center, Booth #530

About APCO International 78th Annual Conference & Expo:

Four days of exceptional educational training and product offerings await you at the 2012 APCO Conference & Expo! APCO 2012 is the public safety communication industry’s largest event of the year and you won’t want to miss it.

At APCO 2012 You Will:

  • Receive focused education in hard-hitting topics such as fire service communications, data security challenges and emerging technologies during the Professional Development Sessions.
  • Hear from featured keynote speaker and Iditarod Champion during the Opening General Session.
  • Take advantage of the PSAP Tours and get a look into how other communication centers serve the needs of their communities.
  • Network with more than 5,000 other public safety communication professionals from around the country.
  • Earn valuable recertification credits at more than 70 educational sessions led by industry experts.
  • Find solutions in the largest trade show of its kind, showcasing the newest products, services, and technologies in public safety communications.

MP Antenna Releases New Line of Permanent Mount Antennas

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Latest antennas provide increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and multi-path mitigation for fixed or mobile voice and data systems

Dual Band Antenna Omni Directional

N style Omni Dual Band Antenna

MP Antenna, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas, today officially introduced a new line of compact permanent mount antennas.

The company’s latest line of antennas provide superior patterning and multi-band performance for fixed or mobile voice and data communications, and are well-suited for a range of applications including public safety communications, wireless broadband systems and smart grid monitoring systems.

Availability:
The following newly released antennas are now available at MP Antenna resellers:

SenComm-N (698-999MHz)
Omni 806-N (806-960MHz)
Omni 740-N (740-870MHz)
Omni 870-N (870-999MHz)
Omni 2.4-N (2-3GHz)
Omni 4.9-N (4.9-4.99GHz)
Omni 5-N (5.15-5.9GHz)
Omni Dual Band-N (2-3GHz, 4.9-5.9GHz)

For a listing of National sales representatives, resellers, and distributors visit http://www.mpantenna.com.

About MP Antenna, Ltd.
MP Antenna, Ltd. (http://www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas. The company’s product line improves signal penetration and connectivity in obstructed areas providing increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and multi-path mitigation. All MP Antenna’s products are protected under numerous US patents with many US and foreign patents pending. The company is privately held and headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, USA.

Only 15 Days Until Dayton Hamvention® 2012

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See our latest HAM Radio and Scanner antennas at the Dayton Hamvention!

Click Here to visit the Hamvention Website.

Where it all started…

Since 1952 Hamvention® has been sponsored by Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). For many years it has been the world’s largest amateur radio gathering, attracting hams from throughout the globe.

About 1950, John Willig, W8ACE, had asked the Dayton Amateur Radio Association to sponsor a HAM Convention but was turned down. John wanted to have a quality affair. Speakers and prizes would be a drawing point. John finally found a champion in Frank Schwab, W8YCP (W8OK), the newly elected president of the club. A meeting was held and the DARA Board allocated $100 to get started. The first organizational meeting was held in January 1952.

The Southwestern Ohio Ham-vention was born. The first committee consisted of: John Willig, W8ACE, General Chairman Al Dinsmore, W8AUN, Arrangements Bob Siff, W8QDI (K4AMG), Prizes and Exhibits Frank Schwab, W8YCP (W8OK), Publicity Bob Montgomery, W8CUJ, Finance Clem Wolford, W8ENH, Program Ellie Haburton, W8GJP (W4ZVW), Women’s Committee. The next year the name became “Dayton Hamvention®” and was registered as a trademark.

April was determined to be the best time but the Biltmore Hotel, in downtown Dayton was booked. March 22 was the chosen date, causing a short lead time. How far did $100 go? Not far! A 12″ TV was raffled off to help raise funds. The FCC agreed to give license exams and Phil Rand, W1BDM, a pioneer in TVI elimination was on the program. First prize, a Collins 75A2, was purchased locally.

Hoping for 300 visitors, the committee was amazed that over 600 showed up! There were 7 exhibitors and 6 forums. The ladies program was successful with a luncheon at the Biltmore and a trip to a local TV station. In 1955 the Awards Program began with the “Amateur of the Year.” The Flea Market has grown from 200 to more than 2000 spaces. In 1964 the Hamvention® moved to Hara Arena. Shuttle buses and handicapped parking were added in 1969. In 1973 it became a 2 day event with Sundays added in 1974. The program has grown to a “Souvenir Program” and in 1976 the dimensions changed from 6″x 9″ to the current 8-1/2″x11″.

The growth of the Dayton Hamvention® can be attributed to caring, energetic people who enjoy being on a winning team.

Hamvention Hours

***Schedule for forums will be posted on the forums page when completed.***

Friday Activities
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Outside Exhibits open. Forums and scheduled bus service available (all buses are scheduled to pick up passengers to arrive at HARA by 8 AM). Programs available at all ticket selling points.
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Inside Exhibits open, prizes on display, hourly drawings.

Saturday Activities
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Outside Exhibits open. Bus service available.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Inside Exhibits open, forums, exams, scheduled activities.
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m Hourly prize drawings.

Sunday Activities…
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Outside Exhibits open.
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Bus service available.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Inside Exhibits open; prizes on display.
9:00 a.m. – noon. Hourly prize drawings.
9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Forums and scheduled activities.
1:00 p.m. Prize Drawings: unclaimed hourly prizes followed by main prizes.

MP Antenna is now seeking independent sales representation

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MP Antenna is now seeking independent sales representation throughout North America. If you are looking to add a unique antenna line to your firms list of manufacturers, please contact our sales department at Sales@mpantenna.com.

MP Antenna develops and manufactures Multi-Polarized antennas that enhance the performance of all wireless deployments. Our single feed, passive antennas transmit and receive signals in all polarizations. The patented 3D designs include built in spatial diversity and create a broad signal pattern that permeates obstructions and improves real world wireless coverage. We have a variety of antenna products offering coverage from 25MHz – 6GHz for numerous different applications and markets.

Super-M Classic Mobile Featured In QST Magazine Short Takes

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MP Antenna’s Super-M Classic Mobile featured in the QST Magazine Short Takes!

Last April I reviewed the MP Antenna Super-M Classic base antenna in this column. This unusual-looking antenna is designed to cover 25 to 1300 MHz with low SWR on the 144, 222 and 440 MHz amateur bands. With its tilted elements it creates a radiation pattern that is somewhat crossed polarized between horizontal and vertical, giving you some of the best of both worlds, so to speak. At the time I wondered if the same arrangement might be effective in a mobile environment, especially as a means to reduce mobile “flutter.” Well …

If you don’t mind attracting stares with your vehicle, there is a mobile version of the Super-M Classic antenna to consider. The radiating portion of the antenna is virtually identical to the Super-M Classic base. There are three stainless steel elements ranging from 15 to 20 inches in length and all are tilted about 30 degrees from vertical. As with the base version, the Super-M mobile boasts a receive frequency range spanning 25 to 1300 MHz (good for mobile scanners) with low SWR segments at 144, 222 and 440 MHz for transmitting.

The difference between the designs begins at the base of the antenna. The Super-M Classic mobile is designed to fit a standard NMO antenna mount. For the purpose of this review, I purchased a Larsen NMO magnetic mount. Assembling the Super-M was straightforward and took all of 10 minutes. You simply secure the Super-M radiating elements with the Allen wrench provided and then screw the base onto the NMO mount.

On the Road
The Larsen mount instantly grabbed the roof of my SUV with a mighty thump. I snaked the RG-58 coaxial cable to my antenna analyzer and began taking measurements. The SWR on 2 meters bottomed out at 2:1. It dropped to 1.5:1 and 1.6:1 on 222 and 440 MHz respectively.

While a 2:1 SWR on 2 meters may seem high, keep in mind that the cable was only about 12 feet in length, so the loss due to SWR (about 0.7 dB) was well within acceptable limits. Even so, I disconnected my trusty dual-band mobile antenna, which is secured to the vehicle with a trunk lid mount, and substituted the Super-M to test whether a better ground would improve the result. Sure enough, the 2 meter SWR dropped all the way to 1.2:1.

With the Super-M back on the magnetic mount, I connected a multiband transceiver and took to the highway. Despite the porcupine element design, the Super-M had no problem sticking with the Larsen mount, even at 65 MPH. With my daughter’s assistance, we switched between the Super-M and my dual-band vertical while checking for signal reports on a distant 2 meter repeater. According to the reports, the Super-M appeared to have a definite advantage when it came to reduced mobile flutter. In one instance, the flutter disappeared completely when we switched from the dual-band vertical to the Super-M. Signal reports on simplex were similar with the Super-M occasionally coming out the winner when it came to overall strength.

Since the ARISSat-1 satellite was predicted to put in an appearance during our test, I packed a laptop computer and used it to capture a Slow Scan TV image from the bird on 2 meters with the Super-M while racing down Interstate 91. You can see the result in Figure 1. Noise and fading effects are present in the image, but it isn’t bad considering the fact that we were receiving a weak FM signal from a couple of hundred miles away.

Odd Appearance, Good Performance
I was quite pleased with the Super-M Classic mobile antenna. Yes, it certainly drew some curious glances, but so do many ham antennas. Its performance rivaled, and often bested, my dual-band mobile vertical, especially in terms of reducing annoying flutter.

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Visit MP Antenna at IWCE 2012 (Booth #5122)

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(February 20-24) Stop by and visit MP Antenna at booth #5122 for the latest product demos and information.

At IWCE, see an exhibit hall packed with over 330 leading suppliers showcasing the latest products and services in the communications technology marketplace. Touch the most innovative technology that will help you do your job more efficiently and effectively. Connect with colleagues from around the world, and attend an expansive conference program of training, workshops and sessions on specific technologies and applications.

Join the global connection at IWCE 2012, the pre-eminent communications technology systems event for the working world.

From land mobile radio, to wireless mobility… voice, video, data and everything in between… IWCE is the pre-eminent event for education, networking and collaboration in the communications technology marketplace.

For more information visit http://www.iwceexpo.com

APCO International Unveils 2011 Hot Products

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APCO HOT ProductsDaytona Beach, FL—September 22, 2011— The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International has selected 25 Hot Products from a review conducted at the 77th Annual APCO Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.
Every year, exhibiting companies receive an e-mail invitation and application form to submit new products that have been released or substantially revised since the previous conference. New products submitted are anonymously reviewed during the conference. The editor of APCO International’s official magazine, Public Safety Communications (PSC), and the review team select the most exciting products to be featured in the Hot Products article in the November issue of PSC.

This year, more than 80 Hot Product entries were submitted by more than 70 companies for the Hot Products Review. The 2011 Hot Products are: Read More

MP Antenna Awarded Government Contract to Supply Multi-Polarized Antennas

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH: June 27, 2011 – MP Antenna, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced multi-polarized antenna technology, has been awarded a US government contract to supply 1,400 multi-polarized antennas to the Special Communications Requirements Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.

The antennas will be used to distribute VHF radio signals in buildings, garages, and tunnels within the highly obstructed environment of the National Capitol Region.  Given the historical significance of the buildings, the application required the antennas be unobtrusive and smaller than usual to be acceptable to building curators.  Despite the small size constraints the antennas had to provide coverage normally only achievable with much larger high gain antennas.

“We are always encouraged when the numerous benefits of MP Antenna’s multi-polarized antenna technology are demonstrated in real world scenarios, but this contract win is special because of the high profile nature of the application,” said Joe Bliss, President of MP Antenna, Ltd.

About MP Antenna, Ltd.

MP Antenna, Ltd. (www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas for non line of sight or highly dynamic wireless applications.  The company’s line of Multi-Polarized antennas improve signal penetration and connectivity in obstructed areas providing increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and can extend battery life.  All MP Antenna’s products are protected under numerous US patents with many US and foreign patents pending.  The company is privately held and headquartered in North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA.

Antenna Manufacturer is awarded additional patents to its roster of technical firsts.

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH: April 19, 2011 – MP Antenna, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of the latest Multi-Polarized antenna technology, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded the company with two additional patents.  Patent #7,916,097 titled Enhanced Band Multiple Polarization Antenna Technology and patent #D634,308 for the design of its uniquely shaped Mobius and SenComm antenna housings.

These new patents quickly followed MP Antenna’s receipt of two patents awarded in September 2010.  Patent #7,791,555: High Gain Multiple Polarization Antenna Assembly, which is utilized in the company’s line of high gain omni-directional antennas.  And a second patent, #D623,633 for the unique visual design attributes of the company’s Trident antenna.

“In a wireless market saturated by commodity antennas, our growing portfolio of patented technology is positioning MP Antenna as a company with products that are different from all the rest in both superior performance and unique appearance,” noted Joe Bliss, President of MP Antenna, Ltd.  “For years, sophisticated users have recognized the benefit of Multi-Polarized antenna technology which we continue to advance through ongoing research and development.”

About MP Antenna, Ltd.

MP Antenna, Ltd. (www.mpantenna.com) is the exclusive developer and manufacturer of advanced Multi-Polarized antennas for non line of sight or highly dynamic wireless applications.  Multi-Polarized antennas improve signal penetration and connectivity in obstructed areas providing increased data throughput, enhanced voice clarity and extended battery life.  The company’s products are protected under numerous US patents with many US and foreign patents pending.  The company is privately held and headquartered in North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA.

Visit MP Antenna at IWCE 2011

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IWCE Antenna Logo(March 9-11)  Stop by and visit MP Antenna at booth #9070 for the latest product demos and information.

At IWCE, visit over 330 exhibitors showcasing the hardware, applications, interoperability and integration that will make your systems more effective and efficient. And attend workshops and seminars to learn how to apply this technology at your organization. From land mobile radio, to wireless mobility… voice, video, data and everything in between…

For more information visit http://iwceexpo.com

MP Antennas Achieve Coverage Into Lead Lined Radiology Lab

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Exact RF Broadcast and Wireless, based in Central New Jersey, is a full-spectrum wireless services company. Whether it be construction of macrocells, P2P terrestrial microwave, or in-building repeater systems, Exact RF has extensive experience in the design, implementation, and maintenance of all wireless communications systems.

Recently, Exact RF teamed up with a major New York City hospital to address concerns they were having with a previously-installed in-building repeater system. The hospital had subpar performance in the areas already covered by the system, and also needed to expand the footprint, all while keeping the system as “stealth” as possible. The building itself presented a challenge for any repeater system; lead-lined walls, miles of pipe and conduit in every floor and ceiling, and postwar solid-concrete construction. Upon completion of a site survey, all four national carriers had almost no (-102dB or worse) signal in the existing coverage area. To make things worse, the proposed expansion area was absolutely devoid of cellular penetration. Read More

MP Antenna, Ltd. and General Dynamics Information Technology to Jointly Market Emergency-Management Planning and Response Tools

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH. October 11, 2010 – MP Antenna Ltd., a leading developer and manufacturer of Multi-Polarized antenna technology, and General Dynamics Information Technology a business unit of General Dynamics, have agreed to work together to market collaborative emergency planning and response tools to first-responder organizations across the country.

The two companies presently collaborate on joint application and identification of specific potential requirements for emergency planning, incident response, security management and situational awareness tools. The collaboration primarily involves the integration of Multi-Polarized antenna technology from MP Antenna with the PR2C Toolkit® from General Dynamics Information Technology.

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Monitoring Times Magazine Reviews Super-M Ultra Antennas

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In an extensive review conducted by Bob Grove of Monitoring Times Magazine, the Super-M Ultra Mobile was put to the test against four popular competitors antennas. Monitoring Times Magazine reported that the Super-M Ultra Mobile outperformed or equaled the competition seven out of eleven times across the entire spectrum with a listenability factor equaling or outperforming the competition ten out of eleven times. Both the Super-M Ultra Mobile and Base Station models were also found to have excellent performance over the 140-160 and 420-466 MHz ranges. Click here to read the entire review