Winegard Debuts New Test Facility

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Winegard debuted its new indoor antenna test facility featuring three specific measurement capabilities using equipment supplied by Nearfield Systems Inc.

The facility includes newly constructed and shielded chambers, which block noise and interfering signals, providing the company a more accurate test environment for its antennas, according to the release. 

“Our dramatic increase in test capability is a boon to our business partners and the end consumer,” Winegard President Jon Manley said. “We can help businesses find the right solution, design the appropriate antenna, and test it to maximize performance.”

Previously, the company could test an antenna only by shipping the product to an outside lab, and then waiting for an appointment for a limited amount of range time. Now, with in-house testing, the company’s engineers can look at the data, make changes to the antenna, and immediately go back to the range to take additional measurements to confirm the antenna’s performance.

Test systems in the new facility include a planar near-field range (PNF), a spherical near-field range (SNF), and a compact antenna test range (CATR).

The CATR and SNF equipment is housed inside a newly constructed shielded anechoic chamber. The CATR includes a state of the art reflector system that provides a 6-foot diameter by 6-foot long quiet zone. All test spaces are lined with newly installed microwave absorber. Accurate measurements are possible from 400 MHz to 40 GHz.

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