Shively Tests VSWR from Ice
Feb 11, 2002 12:00 PM
Bridgton, ME - Feb 11, 2002 - At the Shively Labs test range in Bridgton, ME, it was cold enough to freeze a radome. RF technicians, Norm Hutchins and Sean Edwards (pictured) test an antenna to determine the effects that heavy icing has on an antenna's VSWR. After several days of spraying a fine mist of water over the XXL Radomes, icing conditions as they might exist in the real world were produced. The result of the test on the Shively XXL Radome was that heavy ice has a minimal effect on VSWR.
Shiveley performed the test to provide real-world data on its products as a demonstration of extreme weather conditions. Shively has several broadcast installations that experience condition such as these on a regular basis, including Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.