Automated EIRP Measurements On A Near-Field Range
Authors: Gregory F. Masters, Ron Young
Accurate EIRP measurements are possible to make on a near-field range but require great care and attention to detail. NSI has recently implemented a near-field test range for the Globalstar satellite program which makes automated EIRP and gain measurements. Automation for this program is extremely important since the production cycle requires testing many antenna systems per month, each of which has two antennas with 16 separate beams per antenna. Among the various range measurements, EIRP is the key parameter of the Transmit antenna’s performance. This paper reviews the measurement theory of EIRP measurements and presents some of the results of this automated activity.