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Designing antennas, selecting antennas for specific applications, properties of a given antenna design.

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How to calculate single-stub match (general case)?

I'm trying to build a 1/2 wave "Coaxial J-Pole" antenna, similar to what is described here: Such an antenna would be great for stringing up in a tree when operating remotely, no tuner needed. The ...
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For a resonant 1/2 wave dipole, does the reflections being in phase with the applied signal cause the zero reactance seen in the feedpoint impedance?

For a resonant 1/2 wave dipole when used for transmitting, does the fact that the reflected waves on the antenna are in phase with the applied signal result in zero reactance at the feed point, or ...
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For an antenna when used for transmittiing, what is the optimum radiation resistance?

For a 100 % efficient antenna, the real part of the impedance is equal to the radiation resistance. If the antenna were a dead short with zero impedance then the radiation resistance would be zero. ...
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Is shortening a half wave dipole to make it resonant by removing the inductive reactance a good idea?

A dipole which is exactly one half wave length allows reflections within the antenna to be in phase with the applied signal. To me it seems that this situation gives an antenna which will produce the ...
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Modelling a folded dipole

I am looking at using NEC to model a $0.5\lambda$ rectangular folded dipole, for closely spaced larger sides (choosing a separation of $0.01\lambda$). In Antenna Theory, Analysis and Design by ...
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How can the voltage at the center of a resonant half wave dipole be zero if the input impedance is 75 ohms?

If the input impedance of a resonant half wave dipole at the feed point is 75 + j0 ohms, then if an AC sine wave voltage V is applied to the feed point, how can the voltage at the center be zero ? ...
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What exactly makes an antenna resonant?

When an antenna is resonant, the impedance seen at the feed point is purely resistive and has no reactance. What are the physical properties of an antenna that actually make it resonant and how do ...
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How can a half wave dipole which has an impedance of 73 + j43 ohms ever be resonant?

Is it true that for a half wave dipole, cancelling out reactance using for example a gamma match does not make the antenna resonant at all, but rather just cancels out the reactance of what is ...
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If i transmit on the same frequency using two separate transmitters joined together will they both add up in a reciever to produce a stronger signal? [duplicate]

If i were to use a passive transmit coupler to connect two transmitters of equal power output to the same antenna, and connect one microphone to both transmitters, and then transmit on both at the ...
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Why do amateur radio operators call an RF choke a balun?

When using a balanced antenna such as a half wave dipole, with an unbalanced feed line such as coax, an RF choke can be used to block RF current emitted by the transmitter from splitting up at the ...
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Give vertical antenna directional gain?

So here is a strange thought. If a vertical electrically speaking is a half dipole with the other half as a ground plane to balance out. Perhaps there are ways to make equivalent director and ...
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Can I use a directional coupler to block reflected AC current from a mismatched antenna?

Is there any kind of directional coupler device such as you find in a SWR meter that only allows traveling AC waves of one direction to pass which i could use to block the reflected wave from my badly ...
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Can received and transmitted signals on the same antenna combine to produce standing waves?

Standing waves are seen on a transmission line when for example there is a change in impedance and a transmitted wave is reflected back from one end and then the incident wave and reflected wave ...
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Can any one explain E,H plane definitions?

I read in some text books that E-plane is formed by taking constant azimuth angle and scanning elevation angle from -90:90. H-plane is formed by taking a plane perpendicular to E-plane. What is ...
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Does an antenna work the same for pure sine waves as compared to other waveforms?

Antenna theory it seems is always described assuming that the transmitted or received signal being talked about is a pure sine wave usually at the resonant frequency. Standing waves for example are ...
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Is the voltage at the centre of a dipole zero only at it's resonant frequency?

For transmit, the voltage at the center of a dipole not cut in the center and fed with coax and a gamma match is zero in the center at the resonant frequency. This is why apparently a 'plumbers ...
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What is the effect of coil Q on a shortened dipole?

I made a small yagi, with the driven element being a coil loaded dipole. What is the effect of coil Q in this situation? The coils I built are 18 turns of 1.2mm enameled wire wound tightly with a ...
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Why is self-resonance important in a loop antenna?

I visited a "small loop antenna" calculator web site today and fed in my horizontal loop gepmetry, curious to see what it would say. 2" dia wire, 72' circumference, 3.935MHz. Interesting results, ...
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How far does an antenna need to be from metal to avoid problems?

Living in an apartment, I'm struggling to get good antennas set up, especially for HF. Worse yet, I'm not allowed external antennas (but am willing to try something low profile on the balcony), my ...
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Can I make signal transmitter without decoder?

I'm sorry if my title seems weird but I just started to learn about signal transmitting and I don't know where to start I'm searching about simple ways to make diy radio but I can't really ...
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High Altitude Balloon Antenna Design

I'm designing a weather balloon with a club at college. We want to build the antenna from scratch to learn more about antennas but are at a loss as to which antenna design would actually work for high ...
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Is an antenna resonant at the frequency of lowest impedance?

I understand that an antenna is resonant at the frequency where the capacitive and inductive reactance cancel out to 0. Only the resistive impedance remains at resonance. Does this mean that the ...
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Ferrite Rod Antenna Array?

The ferrite Rod is a reasonably effective Receiving Antenna for LW MW and Lower HF spectrum .It is well known that a ferrite rod is much more effective than an air cored coil of the same dimensions ....
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Actual Impedance of a folded dipole at resonance

I am using a Folded Dipole which I bought when I first got my General License. It was advertised as an all band antenna. My results with it were less than the claims made by the makers to say the ...
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What kind of loop antenna is this, and what is the relationship between its diameter and wavelength?

At the bottom of webpages in the advertisement swamps I keep seeing this image of an antenna, accompanied by an offer that I won't be clicking on. But the antenna itself looks quite intriguing. It's ...
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How does a Viper Antenna work?

Are any of you guys familiar with a "Viper" antenna? It came up in a recent discussion with club members for higher frequency bands (6m, 4m, 2m). I hadn't heard of it before and internet searches ...
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How to produce a NEC antenna file (and what software to use it with)?

So I'm really trying to get to grips with antenna radiation patterns, and more importantly things that are to close to the antenna that might interfere. I've downloaded Qantenna and 4NEC2 to try and ...
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Antenna gain vs. radiation efficiency in 4nec2

I'm trying to evaluate HF antennas for low angle performance to pick from a list of designs that will fit in my limited space. I'm using 4nec2 to simulate them and compare the patterns. When your ...
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Correct number of elements in 4nec2 antenna simulation

I am designing a 1.25-wavelength dipole antenna with the 4nec2 software. What I noticed is that the input impedance of antenna is changing greatly when I change the number of segments. How many ...
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How to simulate two antennas in 4nec2

I need to simulate 2 helix antennae placed side by side, and see the resultant radiation pattern. But after adding the second antenna with a separate and when I try to simulate 4nec2, only simulated ...
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4NEC2 - Radiat-eff. vs. Radiat-power

In the output from 4NEC2 the input power is 100 W. On the left, in blue text, is Radiat-eff. which equals 15.41%. On the right is Radiat-power which equals 94.88 W. I would expect either the first ...
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Basic antenna matching theory?

I'm fairly new to antenna matching, other than having built a base loaded vertical. I'm also new to EZNEC and I tried to simulate an horizontal loop. I arbitrarily chose a 10x10M loop, so I added 4 ...
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How to model passive elements when simulating an antenna?

So I started writing an antenna simulator program to design antennas for my needs. To calculate the electric field vector at every point, I split the active element of the antenna into a large number ...
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How do I specify that wires are connected in 4NEC2?

I've been trying to get acquainted with the 4NEC2 antenna modeling program. Perhaps this is obvious, but it's not clear to me that wires with one end in the same place are connected. I'm attempting ...
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How to consider the influence from the PCB that a small antenna is mounted on?

The small antenna itself has an $S_{11}$ of -3 dB around MICS band (verified with simulation and network analyzer). In application, the antenna is mounted on a transceiver PCB of 30*15*0.8 mm which ...
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Antenna modeling on non-uniform terrain

I'm interested in modeling the radiation pattern of wire antennas for hf before I invest the resources necessary to erect the antenna. I'm familiar with tools such as 4nec2, but from what I can tell ...
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How can the impedance of a half wave dipole at its resonant frequency be purely resistive when the voltage and current are seemingly not in phase?

A half wave center-fed dipole has a resonant frequency where the input impedance appears to be purely resistive. How can this be, when the voltage and current distribution along the length of a half ...
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Gain of Yagi turnstile?

I am currently working on a system to communicate with amateur CubeSats. I have decided to use the turnstile crossed-dipole style yagi because it is relatively easy to construct and uses circular ...
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Using two VHF antennas vs one because of a large obstruction

We have a VHF Omni directional antenna, 2.5 W and 119 MHZ (approximate) mounted on top of a commercial hanger. Access to the antenna is out of the question because of the lack of fall protection. ...
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Can you measure how much radials you are lacking for HF vertical?

I have tried mount ham sticks on SUV and a convertible use trunk lid mount, especially on 40m on the convertible I notice the SWR changes from opening the door and close the door. Now I am quite ...
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Inverted L Feedpoint Height

I have this antenna EFHW 40-10 from Maple Leaf Studios. My current configuration: Inverted L with feed point 3m above ground, with "L" at 9m. I have 45 20-foot in-ground radials just below the feed ...
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Can i use an anaolgue IC switch to change a 10 m yagi's directivity by somehow combining received signals with different variable phase?

Can i use an analogue IC switch being triggered at the same frequency I am receiving on to change a 10 m yagi's directivity by somehow combining received signals with different variable phase either ...
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Which 10 m antenna will give the most rejection in one direction for received signals which are vertically polarized?

I want to null out a particular direction so that i can't receive some vertically polarized interference on 10 m coming from that direction. Which 10 m antenna will give the most rejection in one ...
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How would I calculate aperture efficiency for an antenna?

How to calculate aperture efficiency for an antenna with the following parameters: Big reflector diameter= 24 mm Gain= 9.265 dbi Frequency= 11.60 GHz
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What is the aperture efficiency of an antenna?

For reflector antennas, I see a number called aperture efficiency. What does it mean?
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Vertical Yagi spun at 1000 RPM: gain properties?

If I were to mount my 10 m vertical Yagi on a pole with a motor attached at the bottom with the appropriate fastening and coax mounted via electrical brushes, if the Yagi is spun at say 1000 RPM would ...
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Will ferrite rings around a metal pole hide it in an RF sense from my vertical 10 m Yagi?

If i mount my vertical 10 m 4 element yagi directly on a metal pole so that the pole is between the elements and so messes up the radiation pattern and input impedance, if i put lots of type 43 ...
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When I am told that a dipole must have a determined length, does that include the space between both elements?

I am trying to build an antenna for receiving NOAA satellites and I need to build two 137,5MHz dipoles. When I enter the frequency and width of the wires in a calculator, I obtain that $λ/2=1.09\,\...
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How to estimate a dipole feedpoint impedance?

An ideal dipole, at resonance, will have an impedance around 73 ohms. A folded dipole, around 280 ohms. How can I calculate the impedances when not at resonance? Let's assume I have a span of 15M in ...
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Counterpoise wire voltages?

One practice which seems common when operating temporary or portable QRP, SOTA, etc., is to throw a counterpoise wire out on the park lawn or shrubbery, mountaintop or hillside or parking lot ground, ...