It’s easy to overlook the virtues of something that can be taken for granted but anyone involved in RF testing knows that a robust well-made test fixture makes work so much easier. Couple that with excellent RF shielding and the range of RF shield boxes from AWT are a first choice for anyone performing test and measurement on electronic modules and devices that need to be protected from unwanted RF signals.
The MM5130 is the new DC to 26 GHz SP4T micro electromechanical switch (MEMS) from Menlo Micro. Building on their GE heritage Menlo have combined their extensive knowledge of material science with the latest generation of Through-Glass-Via (TGV) technology to produce a high performance electromechanical switch in a miniature 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm WLCSP package.
What a year 2020 has been!
As Christmas approaches we reflect on a difficult year for everyone.
We would like to thank all our customers and suppliers for their continued support and hope you have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
2020 marked our 25th year in business but clearly our anniversary plans were shelved. Instead we have made a donation to a local charity in Basingstoke supporting homeless or vulnerable people.
Here's hoping that 2021 is an altogether better year.
We re-open for business on Monday 4th January 2021.
The Narda SignalShark real time spectrum analyser (RTSA) is now available as an outdoor unit, ideal for spectrum monitoring and if direction finding is required the SignalShark 3300 unit can be coupled with the Automatic Direction Finding Antenna (ADFA) to automatically provide signal bearings or units can be configured as part of a TDOA (Time Difference Of Arrival) system.
Leading SSPA manufacturer Exodus has introduced new models designed to replace aging TWT technology.
The MtronPTI XO9085 series provides a high stability low phase noise clock reference in a standard 19 inch rackmount configuration.
MtronPTI have introduced a C-band diplexer/splitter assembly to support rugged high performance communication links that require full duplex operation in airborne, land, maritime and space applications.
US based solid state amplifier manufacturer Exodus have just released a new ruggedised high reliability outdoor pulsed amplifier capable of delivering a guaranteed peak power of 150W across an instantaneous band of 9.6-9.9GHz in a compact 250x250x96mm form factor.
25 years ago to the day Link Microtek opened its doors for business. We know we wouldn’t have reached this major milestone without our fantastic customer base, suppliers, professional service providers and hardworking staff so a sincere thank you to everyone involved on the journey over the last 25 years.
Our new miniature single-channel coaxial rotary joint features a wide operating frequency range of DC to 40GHz, making it suitable for a variety of test applications. Specifically, it would be ideal for EMC evaluation of 5G systems as well as performance assessment of antennas for say radar systems at the lower-frequency end and Ka-band satellite communications systems at the higher end. The AMCORJ-WB2 rotary joint is of a sliding-contact design, which provides the inherent advantages of low insertion loss and good VSWR performance over a wide frequency range.
The new AM90CD-LP miniature narrowband dual-loop coupler enables designers to incorporate forward and reverse power monitoring in military or commercial microwave systems that are subject to tight space constraints. With flange dimensions of 41.5 x 41.5mm and a waveguide length of just 33.6mm, the device is an ideal alternative to much larger conventional broadband couplers.
The latest addition to our comprehensive range of microwave rotary joints is the AMCORJD-2KU device, which offers a coaxial dual-channel Ku-band capability that makes it ideal for both satellite-on-the-move and radar applications, either military or commercial. While microwave rotary joints of this type are usually designed with a high-frequency transmit channel and a lower-frequency L-band receive channel, the new device features two channels operating in the Ku band. Minimising crosstalk is therefore a critical consideration, and the rotary joint achieves an impressive 50dB minimum isolation between the channels with typical figures being better than 70dB.
Designed and fabricated in house for use in Ku-band mobile satellite-communications antenna systems the assembly incorporates a feed arm, transmit and receive filters, a rotary joint and an orthomode transducer (OMT). In addition to satisfying the tight space constraints imposed by the compact nature of the antenna system, the feed assembly had to achieve strict performance criteria regarding low transmission losses and cross polarisation, as well as high isolation between transmit and receive channels.
We now supply the comprehensive range of coaxial and waveguide phase shifters manufactured by Narda-ATM. Covering microwave frequency bands all the way up to 40GHz, the phase shifters come in both coaxial and waveguide styles and can be specified with digital counting dial, direct reading dial and servo motor control options. A number of models are specifically designed for use in Ka-band systems. Ideal for adjusting the phases of elements within a phased array antenna system, the devices are primarily aimed at military or commercial radar applications and can also be used for drive feed balancing on high power amplifiers, as well as general test-and-measurement applications.
The main focus for us on the stand at this year’s DSEI exhibition will be the Azdec optical MLC (mobile local communications) system, which offers a totally secure, non-RF, cable-free voice comms solution for a wide variety of defence-related applications. Originally developed using infra-red technology to provide secure bridge communications on board naval vessels, the Azdec system has now been adopted in other military scenarios where radio-frequency transmissions might jeopardise security.
A new X-band microwave rotary joint developed to meet the extremely demanding requirements of a satellite tracking system that transmits at a high pulsed power of 100kW, with a mean power of 4kW, over a wide frequency band of 2GHz.
The Radman 2 LT is is a brand new low-cost personal EMF safety monitor, it offers the accuracy and quality of tried-and-tested technology, together with several new features and well-thought out ergonomics.
MtronPTI has intoduced a small form factor high frequency XO9095 OCXO series that uses multiplier stages to generate high frequency signal between 200MHz to 6GHz.
The recently introduced remote-controlled version of Narda Safety Test Solutions’ SignalShark real-time spectrum analyser provides a powerful and versatile means of carrying out radio monitoring for organisations such as regulatory authorities, mobile phone network operators, police and security services, intelligence agencies and the armed forces.
Newly available is an automatic direction-finding (DF) antenna that allows the source of unauthorised or interfering transmissions to be located rapidly and accurately, even in urban areas where signal reflections can make this a challenging task.
Link Microtek has signed a representation agreement with manufacturer L3 Narda-ATM, which is based in Long Island, New York. Under the terms of the deal, Link Microtek will handle the US firm’s entire range of waveguide and coaxial components in the UK and Ireland.
Engineers at a QinetiQ naval-communications test and evaluation facility at Portsdown in Hampshire are reaping significant benefits from the recent installation of an Azdec optical MLC (mobile local communications) system designed and developed by Link Microtek.
Our engineering team has designed and produced a spaceflight-qualified microwave rotary joint and associated waveguide components as part of a Ka-band antenna pointing mechanism (APM) being developed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, an independent company within Airbus.
New from Menlo Micro is a high-power 6-channel SPST micro-mechanical switch that has been designed to deliver more than 3 billion switching cycles at elevated +85degC temperatures for RF, microwave and DC applications in the defence, aerospace, scientific, medical, industrial and telecoms sectors.
Link Microtek has developed a new compact integrated rotary joint and slip-ring assembly (RJSA) for use in the stabilised antennas of both commercial and military Ka-band satellite-on-the-move (SOTM) communication systems.
Link Microtek has designed and produced a compact high-power 9-way radial combiner specifically for BAE Systems as part of a programme to upgrade customers’ S-band radar transmitters by replacing their magnetrons with multiple solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs).
New from the Link Microtek engineering team is a complex, one-metre-long microwave rotating joint assembly for an S-band ground-based radar.
If you need to integrate a device into your system, or just want to operate it by remote control, you have to deal with its interfaces. What could be better than having the same interface and programming language for every device?
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has described its ideal receiver in the Spectrum Monitoring Handbook; minimal noise and high intermodulation immunity, expressed as the three parameters Displayed Average Noise Level (DANL), IP2 and IP3.
We were pleased to support L3 Narda Test Solutions at Electronic Warfare Europe 2017. The event at Olympa in London was the first UK outing for the new Narda SignalShark.
We're pleased to be representing Menlo Micro whose Digital Micro Switch (DMS) platform is a true game changer, a micro sized electromechanical switch with high reliability.
Sunsight antenna alignment tools enable telecommunications-antenna installers and maintenance technicians to rapidly align antennas to the highest levels of accuracy, thereby optimising network performance.
CLARA particle acceleratorLink Microtek has been awarded a contract by the Science & Technology Facilities Council to supply a high-power microwave circulator assembly for a new particle accelerator project that is currently under development.
A 19in. rack-mount radar signal generator system has been designed to simulate a variety of scenarios for the purpose of training military radar operators in object detection and recognition and other aspects of electronic warfare. It is also suitable for testing radar receivers.
New from L-3 Narda -MITEQ is an extensive range of mechanically tunable dielectric resonator oscillators (DROs) that offer excellent frequency stability when subjected to variations in temperature or VSWR.
CCI’s PiMPro family of portable PIM (passive intermodulation) analysers enable users to cover the five UK licensed mobile-phone bands with only four units, representing a 20% cost saving compared with competitive products.
Massachusetts Bay Technologies, the US manufacturer of discrete semiconductor devices, has appointed Link Microtek as its exclusive representative in the UK and Ireland. Founded in 1999, MBT designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of silicon RF/microwave semiconductor devices at its facility in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Now available; one of the most extensive mixer product lines on the market. Manufactured by L-3 Narda-MITEQ, the family of mixers comprises more than 400 standard models, offering a wide variety of configurations for operating frequencies from 1GHz all the way up to 50GHz.
We are pleased to announce an important addition to our product portfolio with a comprehensive line-up of millimetre-wave components for both military and commercial applications, following the signing of an exclusive representation agreement with HXI of Harvard, Massachusetts.
Link Microtek has been appointed as the exclusive representative in the UK and Ireland for US firm Ferrite Microwave Technologies, which designs and manufactures high-power microwave components such as circulators, isolators, couplers, phase shifters, filters and terminations.
Our four-channel downconverter modules from Narda-MITEQ feature an integrated local-oscillator distribution network, enabling designers to save space and reduce component count in military radar and direction-finding systems.
Based in New Jersey, Communication Components Inc (CCI) offers an extensive range of infrastructure components aimed at 4G, DAS and site-sharing applications.
The BCO series are high-performance phase-locked coaxial resonator oscillators that are particularly suitable for use in high-reliability applications such as military satellite-communications systems, where stability and accuracy are of paramount importance.