Ferrite Microwave Technologies (FMT) manufactures a diverse range of high-power waveguide components for weather radar applications. FMT has long supported the weather radar industry with circulators, duplexers, and loads as standalone units. To increase the value of our microwave design engineering and test expertise, we’ve also supplied assemblies comprised of mutliple components, delivered fully electrically and mechanically ready for system integration.
Weather Radar: Special Project Example
The most notable special project of Ferrite supplying waveguide components for weather radar was the NEXRAD Dual Polarization Upgrade. FMT supplied all WSR-88D sites with a fully integrated RF pallet, ready for installation on the Antenna Pedestal. Typically, these pallets are comprised of Circulators, Duplexers, High Power Loads, Directional Couplers, Phase Shifters, Switches, Hybrid Couplers, pressure ports, arc detector sections, E & H-Plane Waveguide Bends, Flex Sections, along with mounting and support brackets. An example of one RF pallet for weather radar is seen below.
FMT Components for Weather Radar
Although FMT provides a wide range of components and assemblies for weather radar applications, we’ve compiled a short list of some of our frequently manufactured devices. Our product offerings in this market are used worldwide, and focus within the X, C, and S Bands. Below are some of FMT’s waveguide components for weather radar.
|Part Number||Description||Frequency Range||Peak Power||Average Power|
|XC3-153||X Band WR 112 Phase Shift Circulator||8.5-9.6GHz||450kW||330W|
|CC3-86||C Band WR 187 Phase Shift Circulator||5400-5900MHz||500kW||500W|
|CC3-533||C Band WR 187 Junction Circulator||5400-5900MHz||30kW||120W|
|SC3-129||S Band WR 284 Phase Shift Circulator||2700-2900MHz||1MW||1kW|
|SC3-572-01||S Band WR 284 Dual Junction Duplexer||2700-3100MHz||1MW||1kW|
Other Waveguide Components
As a Microwave Techniques company, we regularly partner with the legacy Mega Industries product lines. Mega offers a range of microwave and RF components, including: windows, loads, combiners, transitions, waveguides, and more. Similar to FMT, the Mega devices have been employed for use in weather radar systems worldwide. Learn more about Mega.
To learn more about Ferrite Microwave Technologies waveguide components for weather radar applications, please contact our support team. We look forward to working on your next project and developing solutions for your requirements.