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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The HPBW of a helical antenna

can someone tell me what are the formulas of HPBW for a helical antenna? I've searched a lot and I saw that there are two different formulas of HPBW for the helical antenna, this one, $$ \mathbf{(HPBW)...
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Loop a long wire antenna or EFHW

For a typical EFHW antenna, let's say we are in a very space-restricted environment, says a hotel room. I am thinking of the idea loop around the wire around the room, maybe even many loops. This is ...
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Receive antenna design for large wooded lot

I've begun setting up a ham station at a rural home with a 3 acre deeply wooded rectangular lot, and a width of at least 100'. Picture shows the house portion of the lot. Currently my primary send ...
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Antenna phase explanation

Trying to grasp antenna phase, reading through ham.se and youtube but haven't come across a clear (enough) explanation. I understand the basics of antenna phase (i think), where E leads I that's ...
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Are there any antenna that can create disk like lobes?

Are there any antenna that have disk like lobes : Or are there any antenna that have very thin directivity, say lobes be no more wide than few mm.
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Building a low-power simple RF frequency (433MHz or 900MHz (but not both)) detector effective at 5m with a 10mW signal

I am looking for a simple schematic for building an effective RF detector which can trigger a GPIO. The goal is to (passively?) detect a 10 mW RF signal (10% duty cycle) and have that raise voltage on ...
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Loop Antenna - configuration?

Due to space limitations, I'm looking at loop antenna designs. I'm starting with receive only, but hope to eventually transmit. I've seen magnetic loops (single turn with a coupled loop) and I'm ...
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Multi-wire EFHW?

I have an EARCHI EFHW (40:1 unun)antenna that I used quite successfully until it fell from a tree. I wasn't able to get it back up, so ran it along my wooden fence temporarily. Unfortunately, the ...
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What does antenna frequency range mean in practice?

I'm trying to wrap my head around software defined radios and antennas and noticed that lots of antennas are described in terms of a frequency range. For example, this one is described as operating ...
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Can I reflect a radio wave by receiving it with one antenna and then sending it back out with another?

An outside source is broadcasting an RF signal at 406 MHz. I want to know if it's possible to receive this signal with one antenna, and then simply send the signal to another antenna that sends it ...
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Magnetic loop antenna: vertical vs horizontal

I have a magnetic loop antenna for T/R with remote tuning. I would like to mount this in the attic horizontally. Will I loose much performance between mounting it horizontally verses vertical?
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Optimising a small magnetic loop with 1:1 SWR but little radiation

I'm trying to build a small magnetic loop for 5W on at least 40m - 20m following ideas of G4ILO's wonder loop. For this, I'm using coax with a ~2mm copper core and ~1mm spacing to the braid (see 1st ...
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Magnetic Loop Antenna with RFI Choke

Because of space limitations, am purchasing a magnetic loop antenna. Because of needing to move the antenna around, do i need a RFI choke in the feed line?
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Can I test a base station CB radio with a magnetic mobile antenna?

I am looking at a base station and want to test it before purchasing can I use a magnetic mobile antenna to see if it transmits and receives without damaging it?
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How do I use a signal generator + oscilloscope to measure feeder length?

I could relatively easily take the feeder down and use a tape measure but it’s more of a challenge to learn how to measure the length using my oscilloscope -Red Pitaya - but I have to admit I have no ...
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Yagi Antenna - Elements Length

I am currently modeling a yagi antenna using Matlab and after I optimized the antenna, it gave me a director length shorter than the exciter itself (even if the optimization gave me a good gain). From ...
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Sanity check: Should I be able to hear this 20m beacon?

I’m in Sacramento and have an EFHW antenna about 30’ up. I expected to be able to hear the W6WX 14.100 beacon without issue but I cannot. The distance is about 140 miles and the beacon transmits its ...
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How far the near-field reactive region extends from the transmitting antenna?

I am doing research on near-field harvesting. In my situation the transmitting antenna is a dipole antenna operating at 2.45 GHz and its length is 14 cm long. I am trying to find how far near-field ...
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Radio Waves propagation (Intuitive Understanding of Wave propagation)

I have few similar questions regarding Radio waves communication particularly FM and AM type of Radio wave communication. Please bear with the naivety of the questions. Questions: Radio waves in FM ...
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Significance of 1/4 wavelength with respect to antennas

I am a new to the radio design field. My question is, 'What is so significant about 1/4 wavelength with respect to antennas.' From the information I have gathered from various sources, it is my ...
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Is it possible to make a shield that blocks time-varying electric fields, but not time-varying magnetic fields?

Take, for example, a shielded loop antenna. It is often claimed that the antenna is inside the shield, and the shield blocks electric fields from reaching the antenna, while allowing magnetic fields ...
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EFHW works only on one band - what am I missing?

I tried to build a multiband EFHW antenna as described in articles by PA3HHO, PD7MMA, G0KYA and many others. I decided to start with a short 40/20/(15?)/10 meters version without any loading coils. ...
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Is a vertical noisier than a dipole, and if so, why?

I've had people tell me, anecdotally, that a vertical is noisier than a dipole. Is this true, and if so, why? If it is true: Is this additional noise, such that SNR is degraded, or is the vertical ...
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Slot antenna for 2 meter mobile

My primary vehicle is a Smart car, with a roof that's a piece of plastic(100% moon roof). Not the most awesome of cars to use for grounds. I'm building a bumper mounted antenna tower, EMT with some ...
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What is the best frequency to start working EME on a budget?

Well, the title says it all: I want to start making EME contacts with the lowest possible budget, and I doubt between 2m, 70cm and 23cm. Since I cannot afford those expensive power amplifiers for ...
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How does an E-Z-O Antenna work and why does it appear in Wikipedia's article on quad antennas?

How are the conductors/radiators in the E-Z-O Antenna configured, and why is it described in Wikipedia's article Quad antenna? I see three circles and a spider web of wires inside each, but from an ...
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I just can't get out on my car mounted HF

Would love some advice from you seasoned vets. I have an FT857D in my car which I tend to only use (and really want to use) when I'm stopped and setup camping. I bought a portable Windom antenna which ...
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Will using a loaded coil antennas have detrimental effects on QRP operations?

I was looking for a 40 m antenna for QRP CW operation at 3 W. I looked at the Wolf river coil which is a nice portable antenna. From speaking with other hams they mentioned loaded coils are poor for ...
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Yagi performing far worse than a dipole

A few months ago, I built a 6 element yagi: 3 driven elements, and 3 reflectors. For 10-15-20m. I was able to tune it to SWR 1:1 for the FT8 frequencies in each band. This antenna is only 6m above ...
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How to match transmitter to Beverage antenna

Beverage antenna consist of pair of transmission lines - one being the "antenna proper", the other ground. The antenna is being fed via open feed line ( approximately 450 Ohms ) - one side ...
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Weakly directive VHF/UHF antenna

Most resources around the Internet discuss common antenna types, classifying them between directive (like Yagi) and nondirective (like a simple dipole). Directive antennas are good when you know from ...
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Double Cross Dipole antenna for 437 MHz don't tune

I'm building a Double Cross Dipole antenna for 437 MHz to be used with a SDR receiver for CW cubesat. The idea is to follow this "classic" paper from Gerald Martes, KD6JDJ. I tuned every single dipole ...
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What are these antennas?

On a recent trip to China I photographed a number of "antennas" that I do not recognize. Are they even antennas?
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Questions about effective isotropic sensitivity(EIS)

Recently, I read something about EIS (effective isotropic sensitivity) and TIS (total isotropic sensitivity). I'm trying to understand the concept, but I find it's quite hard for me. In the book ...
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Input and output impedance of antenna/circuit: theory and measurement methods?

As illustrated in my previous post, I got stuck with the matching circuit between an receiving antenna and my circuit, including a rectifier and sensory circuits. I got confused with input and output ...
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How does this quarter-wave stub balun work?

I was searching for 1:1 balun designs that would be efficient at VHF yet could easily be made from commonly available materials when I came across these two: While the design on the right seems ...
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Commercial Loopstick Antenna Manufacturers?

I am an electrical engineer working on a product that needs a loopstick antenna. I had thought that AM radios were so commoditized that I'd be able to find an off-the-shelf vendor. However the closest ...
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What is an expected SWR plot for a trap dipole?

I've build a trap dipole for 20/40m bands. Traps are made of a coil wound on an insulator of RG213 coax and 3 kV NP0 capacitors. The impedance measured with EU1KY antenna analyzer is following: This ...
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Effective area of a phased array

For a $N$-element planar phased array, all the elements are same isotropic antennas. Then, what is the effective area of this array? Is it $$A_e=\frac{\lambda^2}{4\pi}GN$$ where $G$ is the directivity ...
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What kind of 2 meter antenna is this?

At first glance this appears to be a simple ground plane but there is far more going on. The ham who built this back in the '80s is now SK and I can't find anything else like this anywhere. The ...
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How much loss is there in traps, really?

I searched and couldn't find a direct answer so thought I'd ask. We all know the mantra "traps aren't good as they have losses", but how much loss are we talking about, really? Am I correct ...
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Is a 1/4 wave vertical actually better than inverted L on 160m?

Surprisingly, I am unable to find much info comparing these two antennas. Essentially, they are the same except the one is shorter and top loaded with one wire. Does anyone have any performance data ...
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RF PCB Design Difference Between Controlled Impedance Track and Impedance Matching Circuit

Im new on RF circuit designing. Im designing an circuit with GSM and GPS capabilities. I know when using high frequency signals the RF traces must be impedance matched. Now what I understand is, I can ...
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Vertical antenna on HF?

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a vertical antenna on high frequency? Are there any better antenna types that I should use?
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Can a receiving antenna really be “as small as you can imagine”?

I read this antenna theory statement somewhere: And, for next-step or future thoughts: a receiving antenna can be as small as you can imagine, without loss of signal to noise. Is this BS or not?
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What is minimum resolution for 2 frequencies to interfere each other

I started working with HF frequency. Right now, I am working with 7 MHz frequency. I have been provided a range of 7-7.5 MHz. I have to divide that range into 132 distinct frequencies to assign each ...
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How to cut phasing/transformer coax in a right way?

I'm building RHCP crossed dipole for 137 MHz satellites reception (I'm using 137.5 as a central frequency). My calcs are: frequency is 137.5 MHz λ is 2.18 m one dipole leg length equals to the λ/4 so ...
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Hexbeam receiving in other directions

Have a K4KIO Hexbeam up at around 20-feet on the corner of a flat metal roof pointing at 290-degrees bearing (Europe, from Sydney Australia). Currently the Hexbeam is fixed to that direction as i don'...
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Antenna suggestions for 160m band in smallish yard?

I have a decent-sized but not huge yard (roughly 50x100' / 15x30m) and I'd like to get on the 160-metre band. It's hard enough to get out on this band so I'm looking to do something reasonably ...
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Why do folded dipoles have greater bandwidth than ordinary resonant dipoles?

This is something I've read in passing, but never encountered an explanation of why. For example, Wikipedia says: Another common place one can see dipoles is as antennas for the FM band; these are ...

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