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Bird is an industry leading provider of RF communications products, services, calibration, and training to the Public Safety, Cellular Communications, Broadcast, Semiconductor, Military, Government and Medical markets. The products and services offered by Bird have expanded to meet the challenges of today's complex communications systems and include Spectrum and Site Analyzers, Antennas, Combining Systems, Components, Duplexers and Triplexers, Filters, Loads and Attenuators, Power Sensors and Meters, Power Monitors, Signal Boosters, Tower Top Amplifiers and Receiver Multicouplers, RF data capture & storage, RF signal generation, and software analysis tools. The company is positioned to continue its rich heritage with the next generations of high quality, reliable, field tested products.

Bird was created with the merger of two RF communications industry leading brands, Bird Electronic Corporation and TX RX Systems. The merged company was formed in 1995 but traces its rich heritage to 1942 when J. Raymond "Ray" Bird teamed up with a college friend to form the Bird Engineering Company in Cleveland, Ohio. The early years saw the company operating as a "job shop" developing and producing specialized products. This early business activity provided Ray Bird with the opportunity to improve his concepts for measuring the power generated by television and radio transmitters, an interest he had developed while earning has Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and while working as the Assistant Chief Engineer at WGAR radio in Cleveland.

TX RX Systems was founded in 1976 with a mission to provide quality, dependable products to the Public Safety Communications industry. That tradition continues as the TX RX Systems brand has earned an unparalleled reputation for delivering high quality, reliable systems which enhance and extend the range of mission critical communications.

In 2010 Bird acquired Reston, VA based X-Com Systems. X-Com is an industry leader in the capture, synthesis, analysis and playback of RF signals for the military and wireless communications industries. The company's RF expertise is in high speed, wide RF bandwidth capture and analysis. In 2011 Bird's X-Com products division introduced the WARP product line, providing the RF industry with the capability to simultaneously capture 6GHz of bandwidth. X-Com Systems is a leader in the development of training systems that simulate all ship-board networks from communications to launch and control.


Bird Timeline

  • 2015 – X-COM Systems releases Real-Time RF Signal Recording and Playback System, IQC91000A

  • 2014 – Bird Technologies Launch 3D Parts Library of RF and Electronic Components
  • 2014 – Statistical RF Power Sensor – Model 7022, launched by Bird
  • 2014 – SiteHawk SK-4000-TC Cable and Antenna Analyzer introduced by Bird
  • 2014 – Bird Technologies introduces the new 15 kW, Oil-Cooled Termination

  • 2013 – Bird Technologies acquired distributed antenna system manufacturer DeltaNode.
  • 2013 – X-COM Systems Critical Reliability Ad Campaign wins Addy Award, Canton, OH

  • 2012 - Bird introduces new corporate logo
  • 2012 - Bird celebrates its 70th Birthday

  • 2011 - Bird Technologies sponsors a cobblestone at the National September 11
  • Memorial and Museum to honor the victims of the attacks on 9/11.
  • 2011 - WARP introduced by X-COM Systems Brand 
  • 2011 - 700/800 MHz Configurable Digital Signal Booster introduced
  • 2011 - Bird introduces “How to Videos” on YouTube
  • 2011 - Bird connects to customers via Social Media outlets:
2000s 2010   Bird Technologies Group acquires X-COM Systems of Reston, Virginia 2009   Industry first NFPA compliant signal booster introduced 2008   SignalHawk® spectrum analyzer and VNA product family introduced 2007   Ohio Governor’s “E” Excellence in exporting award received (2nd time) 2005   Signal Booster II family of mission critical products introduced 2005   Sao Paulo, Brazil sales office founded 2004   Bird RF Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd founded 2003   Sweden sales office founded 2002   Bird Component Products facilities relocated to Solon, Ohio 2002   Ohio Governor’s “E” Excellence in exporting award received 2000   Air-Cooled Load patent granted 2000   DPM Digital Power Meter family of products introduced 2000   Antenna patent granted 2000   First high accuracy RF power sensor introduced for semiconductor industry (4027A Series) 
1990s 1999   Antenna Tester patent granted 1999   Site Analyzer family of products introduced 1999   BPM product family introduced for monitoring both digital and analog RF transmitters 1996   United Kingdom sales office founded near London 1996   APM-16 Wattmeter introduced – first product that measures RF power in complex modulations 1995   First public safety rated Tower Top Amplifier introduced 1995   Bird Technologies Group is formed 1995   TX RX Systems is acquired 1995   Auto back-up Tower Top Amplifier patent granted 1994   Bird Component Products established in Largo, FL 1993   Singapore sales and service office founded 
1980s 1987   4421 Precision Wattmeter and 4020 Series Power Sensors introduced 1982   44210 Series Wattmeters introduced 1981   4391A Wattmeter introduced 1981   4304 Series Wattmeter introduced 1980   Vari-Notch filter patent granted 1980   Industry first Signal Booster introduced 
1970s 1976   TX RX Systems is founded 1972   Presidential “E” Award received for excellence in exporting 1970   4305 Wattmeter introduced 
1960s 1968   4314 Peak Reading Wattmeter introduced 1965   3127 Series Watcher Power Monitors family is introduced 1963   Bird Electronic Corporation is incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio 1962   J. Raymond Bird dies 
1950s 1959   Thruline power measurement patent granted 1959   Relocated to the current location at 30303 Aurora Rd, Solon Ohio 1952   Model 43 Thruline Wattmeter introduced 
1940s 1949   Coaxwitch patent granted. The first of more than 40 patents granted to J. Raymond Bird 1948   First international shipment completed (UK) beginning the tradition of global sales excellence 1943   RF Load family is introduced 1942   Bird Engineering Company founded by J. Raymond Bird

2000
2010   Bird Technologies acquires X-COM Systems of Reston, Virginia
2009   Radio Magazine Pick Hits Awarded at NAB Show for PC SignalHawk
2009   Industry first NFPA compliant signal booster introduced
2008   SignalHawk® spectrum analyzer and VNA product family introduced
2008   Radio Magazine Pick Hits Awarded at NAB Show for Transmit Power Monitor
2007   Ohio Governor’s “E” Excellence in exporting award received (2nd time)
2005   Radio Magazine Pick Hits Awarded at NAB Show for Broadcast Power Monitor (BPME)
2005   Signal Booster II family of mission critical products introduced
2005   Sao Paulo, Brazil sales office founded
2004   Bird RF Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd founded
2003   Radio World "Cool Stuff Awarded to Bird Site Analyzer
2003   Sweden sales office founded
2002   Bird Component Products facilities relocated to Solon, Ohio
2002   Ohio Governor’s “E” Excellence in exporting award received
2000   Air-Cooled Load patent granted
2000   DPM Digital Power Meter family of products introduced
2000   Antenna patent granted
2000   First high accuracy RF power sensor introduced for semiconductor industry (4027A Series)

1990
1999   Antenna Tester patent granted
1999   Site Analyzer family of products introduced
1999   BPM product family introduced for monitoring both digital and analog RF transmitters
1996   United Kingdom sales office founded near London
1996   APM-16 Wattmeter introduced – first product that measures RF power in complex modulations
1995   First public safety rated Tower Top Amplifier introduced
1995   Bird Technologies Group is formed
1995   TX RX Systems is acquired
1995   Auto back-up Tower Top Amplifier patent granted
1994   Bird Component Products established in Largo, FL
1993   Singapore sales and service office founded
1991   Bird Technologies Voted Greater Cleveland's Top 100 Privately Owned Businesses

1980
1987   4421 Precision Wattmeter and 4020 Series Power Sensors introduced
1982   4410 Series Wattmeters introduced
1981   4391A Wattmeter introduced
1981   4304 Series Wattmeter introduced
1980   Vari-Notch filter patent granted
1980   Industry first Signal Booster introduced

1970
1976   TX RX Systems is founded
1972   Presidential “E” Award received for excellence in exporting
1970   4305 Wattmeter introduced

1960
1968   4314 Peak Reading Wattmeter introduced
1965   3127 Series Watcher Power Monitors family is introduced
1963   Bird Electronic Corporation is incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio
1962   J. Raymond Bird dies

1950
1959   Thruline power measurement patent granted
1959   Relocated to the current location at 30303 Aurora Rd, Solon Ohio
1952   Model 43 Thruline Wattmeter introduced

1940
1949   Coaxwitch patent granted. The first of more than 40 patents granted to J. Raymond Bird
1948   First international shipment completed (UK) beginning the tradition of global sales excellence
1943   RF Load family is introduced
1942   Bird Engineering Company founded by J. Raymond Bird