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RFS Microwave Antenna Systems

The necessary link in your radio network

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The total package solution for
your microwave antenna system

Meeting current and future capacity demands Five links to success

The massive demand for fast and reliable Whether upgrading from analog to digital, RFS offers total package Total lifecycle performance Engineering excellence
communications is straining infrastructures or deploying new services, there is a solutions for installers, OEM The mechanical robustness and electrical All RFS antenna models and integrated
the world over. Whether for commercial pressing need for precision-engineered performance of RFS microwave solutions antennas are designed and developed
integrators and network
services, public safety networks or private systems that mitigate interference and are unsurpassed. RFS antenna installations in the companys own state-of-the-art
enterprises, there is an enormous need for provide the flexibility to meet the capacity operators. Successful wireless exhibit survival wind speeds of up to engineering facilities. All prototypes are
communication superhighways conduits requirements of today and tomorrow. transmission networks 250km/h (155mph). Each product is built subjected to extensive testing including
for high volumes of voice and data traffic depend on a multitude of to ensure premium performance for many electrical, mechanical (vibration, wind
that can span great distances. A worldwide leader, RFS meets this need years to come. speed, shock) and environmental
factors, and RFS focuses
by providing microwave antenna systems performance.
Because of their ease of installation and for wireless transmission networks. intensely on each of them. R&D and innovation
economy, wireless transmission networks RFS strives to anticipate key industry Through an unrivalled program of
are increasingly being deployed for issues such as environmental constraints, research and design, RFS is a leader and
point-to-point and point-to-multipoint new radiation standards and new spectrum RFS leadership in the RF microwave innovator in the microwave systems
applications. Wireless transmission releases to ensure it pioneers the best sector is underpinned by five clear sector, delivering future-proof systems
Services at the click
networks founded on microwave systems solutions to meet evolving market needs. differentiators: that can support tomorrows capacity
are used for: requirements.
of a mouse
End-to-end microwave antenna To support its business partners,
Public and mobile backhaul systems Truly global service and support RFS has developed advanced
RFS portfolio encompasses all elements With on-the-ground personnel on every electronic tools, which are
Branch links and distribution available on its website
of the RF chain, with a comprehensive continent, RFS is ideally positioned to
Broadcast and private enterprise (www.rfsworld.com, under the
suite of microwave antennas including offer truly global value-added services, Support menu). These include
advanced mounting structures, wind including installation and system design access to RFS myCatalog; the
load kits, sway bars, couplers, elliptical advice, technical training programs and RPE Viewer (an application
waveguides, connectors, grounding kits much more. Ranging from simple logistics for printing radiation pattern
envelopes for RFS microwave
and pressurization equipment a total services to full site kitting, RFS logistics
antennas, in text or graphical
package solution for rapid deployments support enables operators to minimize format); and the microwave
and improved efficiency. their Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO). Link Calculator (to help


determine link budgets).

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Flexible choices Driving down
for flexible network design the cost of ownership

Solid parabolic FLEXWELL elliptical Customized and Customer-focused

antennas waveguide streamlined designs shipping

RFS offers a true end-to- RFS advanced solid parabolic antenna The industry-renowned FLEXWELL elliptical RFS maintains a strong Tailored, integrated solutions RFS offers a total package of microwave
range incorporates multiple antenna sizes waveguide can achieve the radio-to- RFS antennas can be customized with system solutions based on the customers
end solution set optimized focus on reducing the cost
(1 to 15ft), supporting all frequency bands antenna link in a single run, directly from fittings to allow specific radios and shipping instructions. It provides first-class
for all popular microwave between 3.6 and 80GHz. These single- or the equipment building to the tower- of ownership through hot-standby couplers to be mounted logistics services, bundling all products
radio bands. Its microwave dual-polarized solutions are available in four mounted antenna. cutting-edge, lightweight directly on the antenna. This eliminates with the associated documentation for
antenna systems offer different performance classes: standard, product designs, and the need for a waveguide link between shipment to sites.
high, ultra-high and high Cross Polar Designed to support microwave frequency the tower-mounted antenna and
premium electrical optimized packaging
Discrimination (XPD) performance. bands from 3 to 40GHz, it is available in equipment building. Logistics centers in North and South
performance to meet the various sizes and types, and three different and logistical solutions. America as well as Europe have been
most stringent of wireless RFS microwave antennas categories: Critical RPEs in small sizes established to simplify logistics for
transmission network Spanning 3.6 to 22GHz (2 to 15ft), Because radiation standards are a customers and to:
these antennas are available in all Standard Cost-efficient solutions for low- challenge in small antenna sizes, RFS
performance classes. and medium-capacity radio relay systems has pioneered the development of Reduce TCO for the site deployment
Premium Low VSWR waveguide for high- small antennas that meet key pattern Decrease costs for logistics/transport
RFS SlimLine antennas capacity radio systems requirements. Network owners can Shorten lead times through optimized
-90 deg
A cost-effective series of antennas Overmoded Exceptionally low- thus choose smaller antennas, logistics.
0 -60 deg in the 6 to 22GHz range (2 to attenuation waveguide for the most facilitating site negotiations and
6ft), offering quick and easy demanding applications minimizing ongoing leasing costs.
-30 deg
-30 installation with excellent electrical
-40 performance. Accessories include the FLEXWELL flanged Lightweight solutions
0 deg
connector range, as well as dehydrators, RFS has adopted design practices to
side lobes RFS CompactLine antennas pressurization equipment and flexible, ensure its microwave solutions are the
30 deg This specially designed dual twistable rectangular waveguides. lightest in the business, saving installation
reflector feed system yields an time and costs. These include innovative
60 deg
90 deg
ultra-low-profile and ultra-high- structural designs to minimize materials
performance series of antennas in without sacrificing mechanical stability.
ANTENNA CONFIGURATION the 6 to 80GHz range (1 to 6ft).

Premium electrical performance features by RFS



End-to-end system optimization Careful matching of customized antenna and waveguide components for optimum system operation The Flex concept: modularity for ordering and delivery
Interference control Unsurpassed RF pattern/sidelobe control, meeting all and exceeding most global radiation standards RFS provides flexibility and modularity for antenna ordering and delivery through the Flex concept. This approach enables
customers to place separate orders for the parabolic reflector and its electrical feed. To achieve this, RFS has aligned each
High cross-polar discrimination Dual-polarization antennas provide additional capacity with reduced interference reflector of a given size with the feeds of all frequency bands.
With the modular Flex concept, the heavy parabolic reflector can be ordered in advance and shipped by sea. The lightweight
Low loss and low VSWR Each antenna and waveguide is custom-made for optimal electrical performance in specific frequency bands
electrical feed may then be ordered at the last minute and air-shipped for assembly onsite with the reflector.
Mechanical stability Installations feature unsurpassed mechanical stability for premium point-to-point radio link networks

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Why RFS?
Four corners of the globe:
RFS is tried, tested and true A worldwide leader in wireless
and broadcast infrastructure

Serious about services A tradition of innovation

Customers know they can count on RFS For over a century, RFS has been at the
for comprehensive logistical capabilities, forefront of the wireless communication
flawless execution and outstanding industry through its unwavering commitment
technical skills and support. The companys to design and develop the worlds most
dedicated shipment coordinators, hotline advanced technology in the field. Dedicated
staff and on-site engineers go well beyond R&D teams, along with a privileged
mere technology, striving to offer tailored partnership with Bell Labs, are at the source
solutions to meet even the most complex of breakthroughs that are ensuring the
site-engineering and delivery challenges. mobility of an increasingly wireless world.
Readying China Boosting next- Raising microwave Providing the Moscow Radio Frequency Systems
generation wireless RFS value-added services match the RFS is at the frontier of wireless technology
for DTV in Arizona St. Petersburg link (RFS) is a global designer and
in Mexico exact needs of business partners large innovation, sustaining the boldest ventures
manufacturer of cable, antenna
and small. to enhance the way people communicate
and tower systems, along
RFS supported broadcasters RFS provided Iusacell, As part of a critical digital Establishing the backbone and live.
with active and passive RF
in Shandong Province one Mexicos third-largest upgrade to its public safety of the communications link
conditioning modules, providing
of Chinas more densely wireless carrier, with an communications networks, between Moscow and St.
total-package solutions
populated regions and end-to-end microwave the western US state of Petersburg for a prominent
for wireless and broadcast Ever-present quality A truly global
the first to implement the solution to expand and Arizona relied on RFS for Russian mobile operator,
digital switchover (DSO) enhance its mobile cutting-edge point-to- RFS supplied microwave
infrastructure. guarantee company
of its analog systems by network in order to point microwave systems. antennas for cellular
RFS serves OEMs, distributors,
gearing it up for digital support third-generation Antennas, waveguide coverage along the major From design to manufacture, ISO 9001 With on-the-ground personnel in more
systems integrators, operators
television (DTV). An (3G) CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and related accessories road and train arteries and ISO 14001 certification standards than 20 countries and on every continent,
and installers in the broadcast,
extensive digital upgrade of Revision A (Rev. A) were deployed to provide between the two cities. encompass all aspects of RFS business RFS always delivers on its commitments,
wireless communications, land-
its 650-kilometer technology. Over one the lifeline for the states The microwave backbone worldwide. Every product RFS ships has providing a comprehensive range of
mobile and microwave market
(400-mile) backhaul thousand integrated highway patrol, Emergency connected cellular base stood up to the most stringent technical, premium products, systems and services. Its
network was completed microwave antennas were Medical Services (EMS) stations located at regular environmental and quality control tests, clients benefit from all the advantages of a
with total RFS microwave locally manufactured providers and other public- intervals along the continuously meeting and surpassing global supplier, while relying on dedicated
As an ISO-compliant organi-
antenna systems and stored in a project- safety services operating 800-kilometer (500-mile) the expectations of a long list of wireless support from RFS local engineering,
zation with manufacturing
dedicated warehouse. across long distances. route. carriers, transportation and utility operators, manufacturing and shipping teams.
and customer-service facilities
and broadcasters.
that span the globe, RFS offers
RFS products, systems and personnel can
cutting-edge engineering
RFS backs every product bearing its name be found in every corner of the planet.


capabilities, superior field
with a quality guarantee that is unrivaled As a global group, RFS is committed
support and innovative product
in the market. to upholding the most stringent
environmental, health and safety standards,
and seeks to integrate green initiatives in
every aspect of its business.

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For more information, please contact
the nearest RFS sales office:

Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa & India


Northern Europe

Latin America

North America
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Asia Pacific

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