RF PRODUCTS' 4-Point Product Program:

  1. Tunable Filters and Multicouplers
    • Available as stand alone products.
    • Always continued support of all legacy products.
    • DMS is never an issue at RF PROUCTS.
  2. Complete RF Distribution Systems (RFD).
    • Platform-holistic solution especially for Multi-Mode, Multi-Band (M3B) radios.
    • Includes all hardware (except external cables and connectors) required between radios and antennas.
    • We test entire RFD with radios to confirm control interface compatibility and waveform timing compliance BEFORE it arrives for platform installation.
  3. Complete Radio/RFD System RF Analyses.
    • Per-Path RF Analysis.
    • Cosite Interference Analysis.
    • LOS Link Range Analysis.
    • SATCOM Link Margin Analysis.
    • Adjacent Channel Separation Analysis.
  4. R2D2™, M3B Control Software (M3BCS).
    • Analogous to driver provided with purchased printer for home computer.
    • Comparatively low cost because M3BCS is a standard software product modified to match the RFD for each new customer.
    • Operators have a fast, easy way to reconfigure all mission comms without concerns for RF path selections or frequency conflicts.

1. Tunable Filters and Multicouplers.

Tunable filters and multicouplers

Three families of tunable filters and multicouplers from 30 MHz up through L Band.

VCT Series
Variable Capacitor Tuned.
FLX Series
Electronically Tuned Passive Resonant Cavity. Frequency Hopping.
CCT Series
Center Conductor Tuned.

All filters available in various physical cavity sizes suitable for a customer's specific application.

Filters available in multicoupler configurations to combine from 2 up to 5 transceivers to a common antenna.

4-Port Multicoupler

RF solutions begin with tunable bandpass filters which are utilized in transmit and/or receive modes.

VCT and CCT filters can be used individually or assembled as modules that plug into a combiner. The filters and combiner are a multicoupler. Most typical design enables SIMOP of 4 transceivers on 1 antenna.

Even 4-port combiners are extremely low loss, typically about 0.2 dB, and add virtually no loss to the tunable bandpass filter loss spec.

FLX filters can be combined which also includes an amplifier module.

To our filter and combiner building blocks, we add functions and components from the 2 lists elsewhere in this section, to tailor make an RFD for your application.

Specification; not Speci-Fiction!

  • Proven, existing RF Building Blocks.
  • Proven RF Distribution Packaging Approach.
  • Very Early, Pre-RFQ support to end-users and platform integrators, helps ensure that the overall program is adequately funded and that the solicitation's platform technical requirements fully define low-risk Comms Capability and SIMOP.
  • Detailed Design Support in the Prime Proposal stage ensures maximum risk reduction in our Prime Customers' Proposals – both technical and price.
  • Proven 30+ year track record of delivering on-time and to-spec.
  • Not even one contract (none) cancelled due to default. Have never been in litigation, arbitration or court with our customers.

Leave one letter out of the word "Specification" and you have an entirely different concept which is ripe with risk.

RF PRODUCTS leaves nothing out of its commitment to contract performance.

In each Program stage, from earliest pre-RFQ concepts, through requirements statements & proposals, to delivery, fact is never replaced by fiction, and a Program becomes Good Business for everyone.

2. Complete RF Distribution Systems (RFD)

Old RFD vs New RFD

A modern RFD avoids the problems of legacy radio systems:

  • traffic jams,
  • no alternate routes,
  • slow single-lane traffic,
  • frequent collisions

Legacy RFD concepts do not provide the RF infrastructure required to handle:

  • the voice/data traffic volume of today's missions, or
  • the speed and capabilities of modern M3B transceivers and waveforms.

Today's RFD must handle the speed and traffic volume of, and provide alternate routes required for, modern "vehicles" (M3B transceivers) which are required for successful military missions.

The RFD must also enable modern and legacy radios and waveforms to share the same infrastructure.

Easier frequency management

RF Products' RF Distribution System enables:

  • Maximum return on investment in M3B Transceivers.
  • Easier frequency management and mission planning with ability to easily reconfigure during mission.
  • Reduced antenna population; reduced cosite interference.

New RFD

RF PRODUCTS RFD is a platform-holistic solution to cosite interference and antenna population problems. The RFD is reconfigurable during a mission and enables radio operation in each band and mode of which it is capable.

RF Products' airborne modular RF Distribution System has the US DoD Type Designation "ARC-233."

Shipboard and ground vehicle RFD's also available.

Aircraft, Ship and Ground Vehicle RFD's.

First and Only "ARC" designated RFD: ARC-233.

RFD FUNCTION LIST

  • 30 MHz to L Band freq. ranges. Reduces antenna population.
  • Provides RF filtering of transmitters & receivers.
  • Provides Low-Angle, High-Angle, & LOS modes of operation with interconnection to multiple antennas.
  • Waveform timing compliance.
  • Includes amplification, where required, to meet link range requirements.
  • Built-in RF switching for antenna selection. and bypass modes.
  • Customized configurations to match specific platform requirements.
  • Size-, weight- and cost-effective packaged subsystem.
  • Software installed in main comms control computer for operation of RFD.

RFD BUILDING BLOCKS

  • Tunable Mechanical Filters.
  • Frequency Hopping Filters.
  • Interference Cancellers.
  • Low Noise Amps
  • High Power Amps.
  • Extremely Low-Loss Combining Networks.
  • Switched Output Combining Networks.
  • RF Switching.
  • Built-in Patch Panels.
  • Remote Control Tuning Interfaces.
  • RF Switching Control Interfaces.
  • Status Indication Interfaces.
  • Remote Control Units (RCU) with complete M3B RFD control, display of all comms asset RFD paths, and storage of reconfigurable Comms Plans.

RF PRODUCTS' building block product line enables integration into packaged subsystems that are compatible with new multi-mode, multi-band radios, while retaining flexibility for specific RF architectures for different enduser platforms.

As required, we incorporate virtually everything needed between the radio and the antennas.

The design strategy of integrating components into a packaged subsystem:

  • Improves overall specifications while cutting size and weight.
  • Reduces separate packaging requirements and external connections,
  • Increases package densities,
  • Outperforms physically separated components.

Sample ARC-233 RF Architecture.

6 transceiver, 2 receiver, 7 antenna system is shown below. ARC-233 is available in a wide variety of architectures to match specific radio/antenna populations.

ARC-233 RF Architecture

Band/Mode SIMOP (each up to):

  • 8 Receive and 6 Transmit SATCOM (with growth for MUOS).
  • 6 UHF 225-400 MHz Transmit/Receive.
  • 6 VHF 30-88 MHz Transmit/Receive.
  • 6 VHF 108-174 MHz Transmit/Receive.
  • 4 Civilian Agencies, First Responders, L-Band Transmit/Receive.

Total SIMOP can equal any combination of above as long as total does not exceed the number of on-board radios.


Replace old radios with new Multi-Band, Multi-Mode radios.

Add more radios.

Operate each radio in more bands and modes.

Increase number of radios in Simultaneous Operation.

Don't add antennas.

Reduce frequency separation between radios.

Increase LOS link range.

Improve SATCOM link margin.

30 MHz to 1 GHz, SATCOM, MUOS & LOS.

Hardware shown includes just some of the available RFD building blocks.

Legacy RF PRODUCTS multicouplers can be modified to become part of a new M3B RFD.

3. Complete Radio/RFD System Analyses.

Per Path Analysis – We calculate the RF performance for each RFD path based on our database of measured performance of radio system building blocks. Per-Path data is used in the following 3 analyses.

LOS Link Range Analysis - We calculate the LOS link range for each radio and each RFD LOS path. If a link range is insufficient, we quickly and easily determine and make the RFD component value adjustment or change.

SATCOM Link Margin Analysis – For each radio and for each SATCOM path through the RFD, we calculate the SATCOM link margin. If a link margin is insufficient, it is fast and easy for us to determine and make the RFD component value adjustment or change.

Cosite Interference Analysis – We determine the cosite interference for all paths between RFD transmitters and receivers. This information is used to determine minimum frequency Adjacent Channel Separation (ACS) for all RFD transceivers. These ACS rules are then loaded into the R2D2/M3BCS control software to enable automatic deconfliction of radio system changes during mission operation.

RF PRODUCTS provides detailed RF performance analyses for proposed overall radio/RFD systems.

We have a proven in-house, "RFD System design and analysis" assembly line.

In the proposal stage we reduce time, technical risk, and writing budgets.

In the contract performance stage, we ensure overall radio system performance with minimal risk to your compliance with contract specifications, schedule, and cost budgets.

4. R2D2™, M3B Control Software (M3BCS).

(How to Remotely Control a Complex RFD.)

Remotely control complex RFD

An M3B RFD is non-stovepipe and requires a non-stovepipe seamless remote control system to enable "traffic regulation" in a complex RF infrastructure.

RF PRODUCTS ‘RFD Systems are designed for use with RF PRODUCTS’ patented Remote –Control RFD Digital Dashboard (R2D2). (See two patents in “www. RFProducts.com/Patents”.)

Like each RFD design from common building blocks, the R2D2 M3B Control Software utilizes a common software package that is modified for each RFD/customer specific requirements This dramatically reduces cost and risk.

M3B RFD Complex RFD

The M3B RFD provides a complex set of both alternative and simultaneous RF paths between the radios and the antennas.

The move from conventional single band radios and from conventional stove-piped RF distribution also required an unconventional Remote Control Method to make operation by the warfighter easier and not more difficult. R2D2 provides this user-friendly control.

RFD RCU Digital Dashboard (R2D2)

R2D2 simplifies a complex RFD

R2D2 simplifies comms management enabling operator focus on mission objectives and emergencies.

R2D2 simplifies comm management

RCU RFD Digital Dashboard (R2D2)

  • R2D2 Multi-Mode, Multi-Band Control Software (M3BCS) is an RCU/RFD "driver" providing full-feature control and all RFD status reporting to the operator.
  • Very easy and fast Graphic User Interface (GUI) increases and improves Operator Training, Mission Planning, Mission Performance (both planned and unplanned), Carry-On Radio utilization, Maintenance and future radio system upgrade planning and implementation.
  • As part of Technical Proposals, we provide a patent-pending Sales Demo R2D2 program that can run off any internet browser without connection to the internet.
  • The Sales Demo R2D2 program will be specifically prepared to show the EXACT overall radio system being proposed for your project. The Sales Demo R2D2 program is interactive and dynamically demonstrates the proposed reconfigurable RFD capabilities.

R2D2 Simplifies Sales Proposal Evaluation.

  • Fast and easy understanding of the band/mode uses of each radio.
  • Fast and easy understanding of the SIMOP flexibility of the M3B RFD.
  • Verification of the SIMOP lists as required/desired.
  • Verification of StovePipe elimination as required/desired.
  • Multi-Mode, Multi-Band (M3B) operations with the ability to reconfigure to match the band/mode mix for all of the radios to suit changes in mission connectivity, has never been this easy.
  • Demonstrating a maximum return-on-investment in new M3B radios has never been this easy, in both the sales proposal and contract performance stages.

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At RF PROUCTS, we are ready to support your project at the level that makes the most sense for your project.

We can provide the stand alone tunable filters that you need.

Or we can provide the complete RFD with Comms Control Computer Software, antenna model and location selection, and complete radio system performance analyses.