Questions tagged [antenna]

Questions about the design, selection, building, testing, mounting, or properties of antennas. See also specific tags: [antenna-theory], [antenna-construction], [dipole], etc.

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Isolated linearly loaded antenna?

Is there a name or common descriptive term for a linearly loaded dipole or end-fed, where a (near) parallel loading element or elements are not connected (galvanically isolated) to the fed element or ...
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When to use air dielectric cables for antenna installation

I'm putting up antennas on a tower, and have a couple of 7/8" cables style on hand. One is Hj5-50 air dielectric cable and the other AVA5-50 "Virtual Air" cable. I notice that the HJ5 ...
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Can I connect a 75 ohm antenna to a 50 ohm radio?

I have been looking for an affordable yagi antenna to use with a dual band handheld radio and I came across some very inexpensive VHF/UHF (HDTV) antennas. They are all 75 ohm though. Is it ok to use a ...
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What do radials really do for a vertical antenna?

I have read everything I can find about monopole (vertical antenna) radials, and also watched many YouTube videos that touch on the topic. I see conflicting information about what they do, where a ...
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How to compute the efficency of an omnidirectional antenna from its gain?

Some antennas have very limited specifications with no stated efficiency. For example, this antenna has the following specifications: Frequency Band 902-928 MHz VSWR <2.0:1 Impedance 50 Ω Gain ...
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Yagi antenna isolation from other Yagi antennas

I have multiple Yagi antennas horizontally polarized. They are all placed in closed proximity at the same height horizontally and operating in a similar frequency. The yagis are 2.45GHz, bluetooth ...
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Measurement of antenna with VNA does not match its specs

I have a NanoVNA V2 Plus (50kHz - 3GHz) and decided to test my LoRa antennas: an unknown antenna delivered with a LoRaWAN gateway (RAK831) a 868Mhz antenna from Linx Technologies (ANT-868-OC-LG-RPS) ...
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How does a loopstick antenna actually receive signal?

Around 1970, I acquired a little transistor radio (powered by 4xAA cells, 6V) that had no external antenna. Inside the back panel (which opened to allow replacing the battery cells) one could see the ...
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Shortwave Antenna Listening with Portable Receiver Like TECSUN PL-660?

I have a Tecsun PL-660 (link is to the manual) has the usual AM/FM radio telescoping internal antenna, and a 1/8th-inch jack for an external shortwave antenna. There appears to be no facility for ...
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Can a smartphone with single antenna receive signals modulated by different schemes

I am working on a system whereby a smartphone may receive signals simultaneously from different sources. As we know, the fading and pathloss will make the transmitters send their traffic with ...
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How much dB gain do you need from an LNA in front of an antenna for great low-signal reception from satellites in the 2m and 70cm bands?

We are building a multi-stage LNA for a TR module we are building in the 144MHz and 440MHz range. This LNA we are considering (Qorvo QPL9547) provides about 22dB gain in the 2m and about 27dB in the ...
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At near-QRP levels should I include a balun/unun in the antenna system? [duplicate]

To my comprehension a BALUN/UNUN is an RF Transformer. If this is correct and since a BALUN/UNUN is part of the antenna system ... how much power does one expect to lose there? Specifically, how much ...
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Can you use a satellite dish for a ham radio antenna?

Can I use a satellite dish as a ham radio antenna? I was thinking that because there are two unused, working satellite dishes that have all appropriate wires attached conveniently to the roof of my ...
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Ground plane reflects RF or brings it to ground

I'm still confused with the purpose of a ground plane purpose in an antenna. My understanding is this. If an antenna is perfectly balanced, there will be no common-mode currents going to ground. If an ...
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3D Printed yagi antenna

I'm trying to produce a Yagi antenna for the 2.45 GHz band using a 3D dual extruder printer. The idea is to print the antenna elements using a metal filament and encasing it all in plastic. The ...
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Can an HF antenna be put inside a tree?

There are some trees around with branchy tops that seem wider than half of 10M, maybe even half of 20M, and above the nearby rooftops. Can a wire dipole or a vertical be mounted inside a tree? If so,...
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Is the 1.5kW power limit per antenna? What about antenna arrays?

My son KJ7NLL just got his general, and while we don't (yet?) have plans to transmit at 1.5kW, he asks if the 1.5kW limit is per-antenna? If it is per-antenna, and you use an antenna array of 8 ...
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What frequency to set trap on?

I plan to build trapped multiband dipole so I read lots of documentation I found. There is one thing that confuses me: various authors recommend setting resonant trap frequency differently: some say ...
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What might a “split-ring on a printed-circuit board” antenna for 144 MHz on a downward-looking Space Shuttle window look like? How big would it be?

This excellent answer to First Ham Radio contact from space; what frequency, what kind of antenna, and how did they route the coax out the window? in Space Exploration SE contains the block-quoted ...
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Tuning two antennas using wire length

I've heard that in the early spark-gap wireless telegraphy era people would use kites with a wire acting as antennas and if the receiving side had a wire length that was an even division or multiple ...
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Broadcasting a WiFi SSID long-distance

Which equipment would be good for broadcasting a WiFi SSID the longest possible range? We're making an orienteering race in a forest and would place a sender somewhere high over the trees, ...
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Antenna suggestions for SDRPlay RSP1A

Looking for suggestions for a portable antenna for use with a SDRPlay RSP1A. I notice that most other SDRs come with a few antennas, but not the RSP1A. I have a 2m/70cm HT, so I own a Nagoya NA-771R ...
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How might various conductive mast mounting configurations affect an electrically isolated rhombic antenna?

Assuming a rhombic antenna is: terminated for directionality electrically isolated at its mount point mounted to a metal mast partway up vs top of mast horizontally oriented (elements parallel to ...
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Interpreting (noise) signals from a small untuned shielded loop

This a follow up from this question: QRN: How to chase down a solid S9 noise floor on 40m only Focusing on how to interpret the signals received with an electrically small, untuned "shielded loop&...
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Dipole loading coil winding directions?

A single inductive loading coil in a vertical or a pair of loading coils in a dipole are commonly used to match a given total antenna length parameter to a given frequency wavelength (where the ratio ...
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Why do we need special geometry for telecommunication antennas?

In many youtube videos about building low power radio transmeters , I have seen a piece of regular wire or extension cord used as a antenna. But , it seems like telecommunication antennas have ...
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Hang wire antenna on TV antenna?

I have a TV antenna on the top of my house that I don't use. It is the highest point around so I would like to hang a wire antenna (for HF) on it. Is an inactive antenna going to cause any ...
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Tuning wire with SWR LED

I have a QRP rig (Mountain Topper) and a variable capacitor QRP end fed half wave antenna with an SWR LED indicator. The LED doesn't go fully out in all configurations but there is always a local ...
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When a dipole antenna is fed via coax, what powers the ground-side of the dipole?

I've been trying to understand how dipole antennas work, and I believe I understand the basics when they're fed via a balanced feed line. In fact, every dipole physics YouTube video and web page I can ...
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Good wire for wire antenna?

What properties should I look for in a good wire for building a wire antenna? Could anyone recommend something specific for me?
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Magnetic and Electric Wall in HFSS

I'm new to RF engineering and I want to ask how to draw magnetic and electric wall in HFSS software? I know magnetic Wall means open circuit in circuit model and electric wall means short circuit, but ...
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Replacing a N-connector with SMA, easy?

I purchased a cell phone booster for the cottage that came with an external yagi. Since its important to get the antenna as far away as possible from the indoor omni, the yagi has about 25 meters of ...
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Is there an instance where you can directly feed a half wave dipole with coaxial cable without having to worry about balanced to unbalance?

Like the question says, can you feed a dipole with coax with no ill effects? Nothing else in the system, just the antenna and the cable.
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Boosting Mobile Phone Reception

Yes, I know, this could very well be a controversial topic, so feel free to close this off if you feel it's not a good fit for this site. That said, I'm posting it here because hams (and as a ...
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what is main reason for formation of side lobes in directional antennas?

I would like to know why are side lobes formed along with main beam in an antenna. I asked one of my colleague and he explained me that its due to radiation of frequencies near to the required center ...
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Optimal length of HT antenna for VHF UHF and diminishing return

I see folding antennas of various lengths that people are using for for their HT. My question is about the optimal length. I know it may "depend" on many factors so let me know if I need to provide ...
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Is a MagLoop antenna better than my 50ft end fed di-pole for 20-80 meters?

I'm restricted to putting antennas in my attic which is 50 feet long and peaks at about 8 feet. I'm currently using the Nelson UJM-150-50 end-fed dipole 80-10 meter antenna. The attic is about 25 feet ...
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What type of omnidirectional antenna gives the most gain for a frequency of 2.4 GHz?

I have a 2.4 GHz transceiver that outputs 4.5 DBm. I wish to amplify the signal using a 15.5 DBi antenna so that the signal reaches 20 DB, the maximum legal limit. Preferably, the antenna would be of ...
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How to compute the required length and turns for an air-cored antenna

I'm experimenting with RF reception in the 433MHz band and have made the most simple "whip" monopole antenna with 17.6 centimeters of wire. Out of curiosity, I tried various designs for the ...
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Using a parabolic dish for working the 70cm band - Am I missing something?

I have read a lot of times in this forum that C-Band TV dishes are not suitable for operating 70cm. However: Suppose that we have a 2,4m dish. By assuming a global efficiency of a 60%, our total gain ...
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Aluminum vs copper antenna element lengths

Does the particular metal used in antenna elements make any difference in element length or spacing, i.e. 1/2" aluminum tube vs 1/2" copper tube? I know that length and diameter have an effect on ...
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How does a higher antenna reduce rain static on a lower antenna?

I have operated at several stations - including my own - where a 40m beam is stacked above a tribander. During a rain storm, there is so much QRN on the 40m beam that the band is unusable, but the ...
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Antenna options

I am considering a new ham station in a relatively urban environment on the South coast of England, and would like like some ideas / feedback on antenna options. Aim is to get reasonable performance ...
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1/8 wave 3-element 2m beam antenna

Here's what I am working on, and someone please tell me if I'm doing this right or wrong, but be kind and gentle. Center frequency 146.520MHz Driven element is 1/8 wave 10.25" long set at 6.125&...
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Antenna Tuner Range

I have a Kenwood TS-480S and a Kenwood TS-870S both with built in antenna tuners. On the TS-870S I have a ZS6BKW multiband antenna and on the TS-480S I have a vertical whip with two counterpoise lines ...
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Frequency selective surfaces working principle

I've seen that sometimes frequency selective surfaces are used to load a certain impedance to a certain antenna (for instance for input matching purposes). These surfaces act like a filter on the ...
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Can I reduce RFI/noise at the antenna?

Recently, the power was out in my neighborhood for an extended period of time. I fired up my HF rig using battery power and was amazed at the lack of noise across the HF bands. When the power grid ...
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Selecting antenna for rocket telemetry system

I'm currently in a rocket team and we are building a rocket that can reach 3000m (10.000 feet). I am responsible to find an antenna for the telemetry system. I was searching on the net to find the ...
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Smallest HF antenna for DX?

There seem to be reports of people trying to see how far an HF DX contact can be made using the tiniest transmit power (mW or even sub-mW QRP). But many of these contacts seem to be accomplished ...
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Receiving the ISS SSTV: dipole antenna configuration and orientation

In short I am trying to receive SSTV Images from the ISS (145.8Mhz) and I all have is a simple "bunny ears" dipole antenna. In what configuration (straight, vee shaped, upside down vee, ...) ...

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