The closest airport to Syntonics is Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), some 20 minutes away. Dulles (IAD) and Reagan National (DCA) can also be used, but each is a 1+ hour drive away, more in rush hour.
Click here for a map and here for driving instructions to Syntonics.
For a list of local hotels, click here. In rough order of proximity to the factory, the following establishments are all convenient:
» Courtyard By Marriott at 8910 Stanford Boulevard
» DoubleTree by Hilton at 5485 Twin Knolls Road
» Extended Stayamerica at 8870 Columbia 100 Parkway
» Hampton Inn at 8880 Columbia 100 Parkway
» Hilton Garden Inn at 8241 Snowden River Parkway
» Residence Inn Marriott at 4950 Beaver Run Court
» Sheraton Inn Hotel-Columbia at 10207 Wincopin Circle
»Sonesta Extended Stay at 8844 Columbia 100 Parkway
Map of hotels
The Army is using "RF-over-fiber” technology with both heritage and new radios to implement an aerial layer of aerostat-based communications in Afghanistan. Other applications of the same technology can decrease the risk of electronic detection of command posts (CP); reduce the threat to communication personnel and costly radio/crypto equipment; decrease CP set-up time; enable radio-antenna configurations that are otherwise impossible; and lower maintenance response times. The physics of relevant electro-optic components are introduced. System building blocks are introduced (e.g., lasers; detectors; optical fibers, connectors, circulators, splitters, amplifiers). System design examples are presented for specific tactical radios. The tutorial concludes with a discussion of system design issues for an aerial layer of communications relays.