Welcome to Project REAL

Project REAL is a Remote Educational Antenna Laboratory that allows for "virtual hands-on" testing of antenna response patterns.

How Does It Work?

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You, the student, can build an antenna and test it in our web-accessible testing lab.

Project REAL is designed for Electrical Engineering students around the world. Many courses on antennas involve virtual design and analysis of antenna designs, with little emphasis on building and testing.

Using Project REAL

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  1. Construct, then ship your antenna to us;
  2. Schedule a time to perform your test;
  3. Test the antenna via the web, then;
  4. Retrieve, analyze, and share your results

To get started, log in or create an account.

Research and Development Use

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The chamber is available for research and development on a per-fee basis. For details visit the NCSU Nanofabrication Facility.

Chamber Setup & Implementation


Axes of Rotation

10' 8"
(3.25 m)

Range between Aperture of Chamber Horn and Rotation Axis

Vertical or Horizontal

Measurement Polarization


Instrumentation Frequency Range

Measurement Capability
  • Return Loss
  • E and H plane patterns, Co- and Cross-polarization
  • Gain referred to Standard Horn
Power and Network Access

Filtered power and ethernet are available inside the chamber. Ethernet is available via a fiber bridge that passes through a cut-off wavequide into the chamber.

Quiet Zone Performance

Quiet zone: 1' or better Range length: 8'
Frequency (GHz) Source Gain (dBi) Design (dB) Minimum Performance (dB) Source Gain (dBi) Design (dB) Minimum Performance (dB)
1 10 -30 -25 14 -35 -30
2 12 -42 -37 ~14 -43 -38
4 16 -48 -43 16 -48 -43
8 16 <-50 -48 16 <-50 -48
18 16 <-50 -50 16 <-50 -50