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NIST's Antenna Gain and Polarization Calibration Service Reinstatement



Josh Gordon, Benjamin Moser


After a five-year renovation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Boulder, CO, antenna measurement facility, the Antenna On-Axis Gain and Polarization Measurements Service SKU63100S was reinstated with the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM). In addition to an overhaul of the antenna facility, the process of reinstatement involved a comprehensive measurement campaign of multiple international check-standard antennas over multiple frequency bands spanning 8 GHz to 110 GHz. Through the measurement campaign, equivalency with 16 National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) and continuity to several decades of antenna gain values was demonstrated. The renovation process, which included implementing new robotic antenna measurement systems, control software, and data processing tools is discussed. Equivalency results and uncertainties are presented and compared to checkstandard historical values.
Proceedings Title
Antenna Measurement Techniques Association
Conference Dates
October 8-13, 2023
Conference Location
Seattle, WA, US


Antenna, Calibration, Gain, Polarization, Extrapolation


Gordon, J. and Moser, B. (2023), NIST's Antenna Gain and Polarization Calibration Service Reinstatement, Antenna Measurement Techniques Association , Seattle, WA, US, [online], (Accessed May 18, 2024)


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Created October 9, 2023, Updated October 6, 2023