TACO Antenna VHF and UHF Communications Antennas for Military and Commercial Communications

TACO Antenna

TACO Antenna manufactures high-quality VHF and UHF communications antennas for both military and commercial applications.

Built for durability and reliability, TACO’s wide range of antenna products are designed to meet the demanding requirements of the military, defence contractors and air traffic control systems worldwide.

VHF/UHF air traffic control and ground-to-air dipole antennas

The MULDIPOL™ Multiple Dipole Collinear Array concept has been specifically developed by TACO for ground-to-air, ground-air-ground, naval, air traffic control (ATC) and associated vehicular and base communications applications.

This omnidirectional model implements a unique method of shielding the feed cables to enhance radiation pattern characteristics. The MULDIPOL™ has a minimum of 30dB isolation between any two antenna elements in every MULDIPOL™ model.

The result is a small, rugged, easy-to-install antenna. Its low profile and the resulting decrease in the number of antennas required at any tower site also provide improved radiation pattern coverage.

Features include:

  • Rugged lightweight construction
  • Compact and portable
  • Combination of UHF and VHF
  • High-isolation between antenna elements
  • Metallic base
  • DC grounded dipoles

Models designed for military applications are lightweight and compact, making them suitable for tactical field missions in hostile environments.

TACO’s MULDIPOL™ Civil Aviation (FAA) Model antennas are also commonly seen in most commercial airports across the US. The rugged FAA-focused D5000 Series is available in various arrays or single element varieties.

Shipboard variants feature a double clamp design, which increases stability in open sea installations, prompting use by Nato military forces / defence contractors worldwide.

UHF SATCOM helical antennas

TACO’s circularly polarised high-gain fixed UHF SATCOM antennas are designed to withstand the severest of environmental conditions. Currently used by all divisions of the US Military and various defence contractors worldwide, TACO’s helicals are an industry leading communication product.

The company’s unidentified flying object (UFO) and mobile user objective system (MUOS) compatible helicals are solidly constructed using an aluminium mast and ground plane, with dielectric rods supporting the helix. No tools are needed to assemble its two-piece mesh ground plane.

Two mounting options allow for greater locational flexibility, and by using their electrical pan and tilt positioners, custom networks can be tailored to meet any requirements by controlling up to 12 antennas remotely.

TACO’s high-gain UHF SATCOM portable antenna is designed for rapid deployment communications. The SAT-MP-320 covers the entire frequency band 240MHz to 400MHz with a peak gain of 11dBi.

This single-piece foldable antenna and tripod unit deploys in under 30 seconds with no additional parts. Built to military standards, this rugged yet small antenna includes a durable nylon carrying bag.

Its unmatched price and performance, adaptability and quick, easy deployment have earned approval from both the US Army and Navy.

Yagi antennas for point-to-point applications

TACO’S Y-Series five-element and ten-element ruggedized Yagi antennas are designed for point-to-point, two-way voice and data communications for ground-to-ground and ground-to-air communications.

By using multiple driven elements, the company’s Yagis achieve high gain levels throughout their entire specified bandwidths.

A single TACO Yagi’s operational band typically covers a frequency range that would require as many as three standard Yagis. Vertically polarized Y-Series models are furnished with a fibreglass mast designed for centre mounting. This reduces torque effects due to wind and helps to maintain the antenna’s natural radiation pattern.

All Y-Series antennas are crafted from high-strength aluminium and utilise stainless-steel hardware for excellent corrosion-resistance. Each unit is furnished with an integrated 50‎Ω N-Female connector and can mounting inline to a range of mast diameters from 1.5inOD to 3inOD, via a coupling.

TACO also offers high-frequency antennas for 802.11 wireless applications for both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency bands.

Ground plane coaxial stub antennas

TACO manufactures ground plane coaxial stub antennas for shipboard applications. They are vertically polarized and designed for the VHF and UHF communications bands.

With integrated naval pressure fitting and heavy-duty radials, these pressure-tested antennas have an Ingress protection rating IP68, designed to withstand the most challenging weather conditions. Protection against lightning is provided by grounding the stub’s top section through the stainless-steel tie rod to the antenna ground plane.

TACO Antenna maintains a leadership position in the development and manufacturing of antenna systems by having the engineering capability and overall responsiveness to meet the unique requirements of our customers in an ever-changing world.

About TACO

TACO is a Canadian manufacturer located in southern Ontario.

TACO began in the communications industry 75 years ago and is actively involved in ground-air-ground communications and tactical communications.

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TACO to Attend The Air, Space & Cyber Conference 2017

TACO is pleased to be exhibiting at The Air Force Association's 2017 Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, US.

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21 August 2017

TACO is pleased to be exhibiting at The Air Force Association's 2017 Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, US.

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14 August 2017

TACO Antenna will be exhibiting in Booth #N4-124 at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 between 12-15 September.

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2 May 2017

Wade Antenna was recently awarded the 2017 Brantford Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. We are very proud of all of our team members that went above and beyond over the past several years to help position us as a leader in our market place.

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20 April 2017

TACO Antenna will be attending this year's CommunicAsia between 23-25 May at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

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5 March 2017

Learn all about TACO's wide range of multi-element, multi connector VHF / UHF air traffic control antennas.

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2 March 2017

Mounting options to fit your specific needs and the durability to withstand even the most adverse weather make TACO's fixed helical SATCOM antennas an industry leader.

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19 February 2017

TACO is currently attending the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) until the 23 February.

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15 February 2017

TACO will be exhibiting at the fifth annual World ATM Congress between 7-9 March, Hall 9, Booth #1202.

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5 February 2017

TACO Antenna will be exhibiting in Booth #01-A27 at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.

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14 September 2015

TACO will be exhibiting at this year's Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) show.

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11 June 2014

TACO Antennas will be exhibiting at the 2014 Eurosatory exhibition in Paris, France from 16 - 20 June.

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8 May 2013

TACO Antenna, a division of Wade Antenna Inc., is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at DSEI 2013.

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8 May 2013

TACO Antenna has released a new video on YouTube, which highlights our UHF SATCOM antenna.

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2 June 2011

TACO is pleased to announce that we will once again be exhibiting at LandWarNet, being held at the Tampa Convention Center, August 23rd-25th. Our booth # is 406. TACO will be featuring our new high-gain MANPACK antenna which is designed for UHF SATCOM-on-the-move communications. The S

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28 September 2010

Ryan Murphy has been promoted to the position of president of Wade Antenna and TACO Antenna. Patric (Ric) Murphy has assumed the role of chairman of the board of Wade Antenna and all related companies. Willem (Wilco) Bagchus has been promoted to vice president of marketing and sales for Wade Ante

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20 May 2009

TACO Antenna, established in 1934, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. TACO produces VHF and UHF vertically polarised Omni directional ground-to-air communication antennas. All branches of the US military, the Canadian forces, the UK, Spain, Romania, Germany, Italy and many other cou

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19 March 2009

TACO has recently appointed SystemWare Europe as a representative for TACO products in the UK and European markets.

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15 January 2006

Wade Antenna Ltd., parent company of TACO Communications, is very pleased to announce it has purchased the manufacturing rights of all antenna products owned by Lindsay Broadband Inc., formerly Lindsay Electronics. Lindsay Broadband will continue to market and sell Lindsay antenn

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25 November 2005

A Simcoe company that assembles and manufactures antennas is moving into a new 50,000 sqaure-foot plant in Brant County. TACO Communications, whichs assembles antennas for air traffic control, military use and wireless internet use, is planning to be in its new home on Sharp Road

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