I am designing an antenna for a device and was hoping to gain some insight in the correct design direction for the antenna.
The Idea: A receiver & antenna that fits in a 6" diameter by 3" deep cylinder.
Known: Frequencies range from 162.400 to 162.550 MHz. The signal will not be coming directly from the top or bottom.
Goals: Design the “best” antenna I can given my knowledge of the direction the signal will be coming from, the size constraint of the enclosure and the frequency.
Any advice, recommendations, and/or help would be greatly appreciated. I am specifically interested in the physical layout/design of the antenna.(For example coil wire cylinder)
Thoughts: My gut feeling is to enclose the maximum area possible with the antenna. From my initial research the length is not as important as I had previously thought which lead me to start to ponder this even more.
Notes: I like math if you are so inclined :)