Hascall-Denke started on its quest of designing and engineering antennas in 1986 from a two-car garage. Their first project, however, was an opportunity producing shock mount isolators and shock mount trays for Motorola GEG. It was from that very first project that they established themselves as a quality supplier to the tactical military market.
Hascall-Denke started with one customer: Motorola Incorporated, Government Electronics Group in Scottsdale, Arizona. They listened to their customer’s needs. Motorola was attaching their radios to their vehicles using spring mounts. Hascall-Denke developed wire rope mounts that more effectively isolated shock and vibrations, helping to prevent their radios from being damaged. These wire rope mounts not only increased the lifespan of the radios, but lasted longer than the spring mounts Motorola had been using.
Thanks to Hascall-Denke owner Mike Hascall’s extensive years of experience working in the antenna industry and Tim Delille’s machining skills, they went on to design and manufacture antennas for Motorola. The first antenna they developed was a Disc Cone (DC113x4). This antenna remains one of their best sellers.
Hascall-Denke continued to build their business one customer at a time. Their original focus was meeting the needs of the U.S. military. Veteran-owned, they have deliberately staffed with former military. Experienced in tactical and severe environmental conditions, they know from first-hand experience that communication can mean the success of a critical mission or even the difference between life and death. Experience in combat construction, airborne infantry, shipboard naval aviation, and mechanized infantry make it possible for the Hascall-Denke team to relate to today’s troops and the experiences they face. This gives them insight that other engineers wouldn’t know to consider. There is no substitute for experience.
Their insight resulted in the improved design of the multiband antenna used with the URC-200 (V2) and PSC-5 radios. The original antenna had a small nut that locked in the orientation of the rigid radome. Being rigid, the radome snagged on obstacles and hit doorways. Using their expertise in injection molding, they created a flexible radome. This reduced the weight and eliminated snagging and bumping. They also increased the size of the orientation nut, making it easier for personnel to adjust in cold or frigid conditions without removing their gloves.
Hascall-Denke also developed tactically deployable log periodic and Discone antennas in a variety of frequencies featuring captivated, spring loaded elements. They can be deployed quickly in low light situations without tools. These antennas avoid the time-consuming act of threading each element into the boom and prevent the loss of elements during transport.
The company’s line of military grade antennas is extensive. They are the choice antenna company specializing in tactical antennas for today’s warfighter. Their broadband antennas cover frequency bands as great as 30MHz-10GHz. They offer antennas for handheld radios, manpack, vehicles and special applications such as surveillance, telemetry, and remote control. Omnidirectional and directional antennas are also available, as are discone, dipole, monopoles, stacked dipoles, log periodic, and Yagi antennas. All antennas are rugged, combat-tested, and built to withstand extreme environmental conditions. Hascall-Denke’s mission is to shape the future of antenna engineering and manufacturing by providing innovative customized solutions, offering a diverse line of quality products, and backing them with their world class customer service. A growing team of innovative engineers is designing and testing new antenna products to meet the ever-changing diversified antenna market.
Adopting a vertically integrated manufacturing philosophy, Hascall-Denke maintains a modern array of computer-controlled machining equipment, including CNC Milling and Tuning centers. They process all sheet metal required in the manufacture of their products in-house. All welding is also performed on-site including TIG, MIG, STIGOxy-Acetylene, and resistance welding. Hascall-Denke cast several elastomers meeting specific molding needs and has added plastic molding equipment for increased production requirements. They are constantly upgrading and diversifying in-house capabilities to best provide solutions to challenges facing today’s antenna users. All products are proudly designed and manufactured entirely in America.
Hascall-Denke antennas go the distance, from long range to short range, from HF to VHF to UHF and beyond. Their designers, engineers and fabricators are bringing a new level of quality to industries that have long been underserved until now. Today they are taking their field-tested military grade products into commercial, industrial and public safety markets.
When the Coast Guard was transitioning to new Tri-Band radios for their fleets they needed one antenna to cover all three bands – HF/LMR/LTE. Hascall-Denke designed a superior Tri-Band antenna that met the Coast Guard’s needs. Since the inception of the antenna other markets are using these antennas, including the Department of Natural Resources in several states, along with State and County Fire and Police departments for their boat crews and fixed-site base stations.
Although Hascall-Denke’s product line is extensive, sometimes there are special needs or challenges. There is no one-size- fits-all solution to the many challenges facing the antenna industry. Hascall-Denke’s engineers and technicians work directly with the customer to help them find antenna solutions for virtually any need.
Customers come to Hascall-Denke with their problems because they know they will care. If one of the hundreds of their products doesn’t meet the customer’s needs, they take their requirements, develop a proposal for the customer to evaluate, design the product that is the best fit, provide prototypes for further evaluation, and manufacture the final product that meets their needs.
When the Virginia Department of Transportation was having issues communicating with their handheld portable radios, they came to Hascall-Denke for help. The problem they encountered was that the stock antenna provided with the radio proved to be inadequate. It was unable to transmit or receive even when the radio operators were within sight of each other. An antenna was customized for their existing radios that doubled the range of the stock antenna. In addition, the antenna was built so it could be folded when they needed less range.
Hascall-Denke capabilities provide optimum response times, from design to prototyping to full scale production and testing. Their engineers enjoy solving customer’s problems and creating cutting edge antenna designs. They maintain a rapid response capability to meet the ever-changing needs of their customers. Most importantly, Hascall-Denke stands behind their products.
It has been more than 30 years since that garage. Hascall-Denke has grown. It is now housed in two locations in Palmetto, Florida, with over 30 thousand square feet. Their commitment to giving world class customer service and manufacturing quality products that serve their customer needs remain their focus. They are not driven by Wall Street or low-cost countries.
The future is bright. Hascall-Denke has become “The World’s Antenna Source.” Devoting time and energy to research and creating innovative solutions for their customers has led to the development of an ever-growing product line not addressed by any other antenna manufacturers.
The Hascall-Denke mission was and remains: To shape the future of antenna engineering and manufacturing by providing innovative customized solutions, offering diverse quality products backed by world class customer service.
From humble beginnings, the company makes a positive difference in the world. If you need an antenna, you need Hascall-Denke. As they tell their customers, “You deserve the best. Expect nothing less.”