The test and evaluation of modern radars using hardware in the loop
simulators requires the use of wideband high-fidelity, digital radio
frequency memories (DRFM) in order to generate realistic target
returns. Important aspects of wideband DRFM design on a printed
circuit board are highlighted and the architecture of the DRFM that
was implemented using commercial-off-the-shelf components is presented. The spurious free dynamic range of the DRFM was characterised as 247 dBc worst case over an instantaneous bandwidth of 800 MHz. An experimental pulse-Doppler radar was used to compare the fidelity of the returns from the DRFM and an optical delay line.