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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Lead in wire size [closed]

I have a copper wire antenna about 100 feet long that I have relocated and now need about 75 feet of lead in wire. What type & size of wire should I use?
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Voltages in a beam antenna's passive elements?

This question has good answers for the voltages reached in portions of a dipole antenna during transmit. In a beam (Yagi or Yagi-Uda) antenna, do points along passive or parasitic elements (...
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What is the peak voltage at the tips of a dipole antenna?

What is the peak voltage present at the very end tips of half-wave dipole antenna in free space, and how might this peak voltage relate to transmitter type, transmitter power, RF frequency vs. antenna ...
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What are these antennas used for?

I noticed this antenna park in Heidmoosstrasse, Switzerland. What is it used for?
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Base vs center loading a vertical antenna

I currently use a homebrew 40/60/80m vertical consisting of a 5M aluminium tube with a multi tapped coil at the base. The ground plane is the metal roof at my house, and the antenna is not centered in ...
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Cheap antenna for new HF HAM

I just got a 100W HF radio and I am new at this. What is the cheapest antenna I can hook up without burning up my radio or shocking myself?
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Beam antenna changed directivity

My Hy-Gain TH6DXX antenna has been up on a tower about 20 years, with excellent results. Suddenly, the gain of the antenna is off the side; in other words, when the boom is broadside to the ...
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Strong but unreadable signal received on 2m FM voice, transmitter less than 2km away. What could be the cause of the readability problem?

I conducted an experiment today using a prototype copper wire 2m dipole at a ground level base station (noted on images) and a FT2D HT with an SRH77CA antenna. I recorded my transmissions using a ...
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Antenna testing, minimizing feed-line radiation?

Assume that one does not have access to a multi-million-dollar RF anechoic chamber. When testing an amateur radio HF or VHF antenna, how would one absolutely minimize the amount of any RF radiation ...
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resonance vs resonator in antenna

Resonance in electronic means: reactance of zero. (maybe wrongly/correctly someone's calling the minimum VSWR, the resonance of antenna! and this cause confusion) I've heard in Antenna Design for ...
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Do resonant antennas actually resonate?

Do resonant antennas actually resonate (in the lumped circuit sense, exchanging stored energy between inductive and capacitive elements at a natural oscillation frequency)? If so, can this resonance ...
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Calculating Antenna Length on the FCC Exam vs. in Reality

I have seen the following formulas for calculating half and quarter wavelength antennas: Formula for $\frac{1}{2}$-wavelength antenna (in free space): \begin{equation} \mathrm{Length~(feet)} = \frac{...
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Vertical Antennas

I have just changed from a ground mounted Vertical antenna , to a MFJ-1796 Vertical antenna, due to not having big enough ground to bury as many verticals as recommended. So far what I have found is ...
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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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Do these magnetic field measurements of end-fed and center-fed half-wave dipoles corroborate measurements made by antenna experimenters?

Using a sensor and procedure discussed in my article, I made the following plot comparing the magnetic field strength along a 30m-band half-wave dipole fed at center and one end. Key points include: ...
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Understanding RG6-75 ohm Cable Impedance

Here is my measurement to a piece of RG6 cable. It is around 30cm cable. On the shield is written COAXIAL CABLE 5C-2V 75 ohm. From my measurement I got data as below: From that table, we can see that ...
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Bow Tie antennas impedance

I see on the internet that a radio amateur made bowtie antennas for transmitting and receiving on the 2 meter and 10 meter bands. They produced very good SWR bandwidth when fed with 50-$\Omega$ coax. ...
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How does the thickness of the radiator affect an antenna

Another question (Metal for antenna construction?) covered some aspected of this question, but the answers didn't exactly answer it, so I'll make it specific. Given 2 dipole antennas, resonant at the ...
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Improve AM reception on an old Walkman that has no external antenna

I have an old Philips walkman that has AM/FM radio. I tried AM radio. Really I can get clearly 2 country radios. I catched very poorly 4 foreign radios or different countries, but they do lots of ...
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How to improve reception with a headphone-cord antenna?

I have a headphone and a cellphone that has built-in FM radio, and the headphone acts as the radio antenna. but my problem is the radio stations I listen to are very far from my place, good thing ...
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NMO bicycle mount antenna has unexpected SWR

I built a bicycle antenna mount featuring an NMO connector to allow quick changes. With a 2m 1/4 wave monopole it gives reasonable SWR results (1.4 or so in the band of interest), with a particular ...
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What is the maximum and minimum of antenna gap of dipole antenna?

Consider the picture below is design of half wave length (λ) dipole antenna. I read some explanations saying that it is the best design to get the optimum transmit power. Half wave length (λ) is from ...
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Is this antenna “system” really work? [closed]

I posted yesterday asking how can I have signal inside my house which my house is obstructed by a hill from direct signal from the cellular's operator' Base Transceiver System (BTS). The schema of the ...
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Can I use a QFH antenna for transmission?

I've seen a lot of videos and tutorials on using the Quadrifilar Helix Antenna for receiving signals, but I haven't seen any material for transmitters. I'm just starting right now, but can a QFH ...
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How do I Construct a Simple FM Antenna?

I recently bought a cheap stereo amplifier with built in FM receiver from Amazon at the first link below. Testing it out today I found the FM reception to be sub-par. All of my local stations that I ...
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Can I make a simple Tx/Rx antenna (Radio System) which will receive signal from BTS and broadcast/transmit it, and vice versa? [duplicate]

Consider a situation as below. I am stay in a farm field, which my house is 9.4km distance from the nearest and the only one BTS (Base Transceiver System), a cellular antenna for transmit and receive ...
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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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How to calculate impedance in antenna design's practice?

I would like to make a match half wave length (λ) dipole antenna (or probably a short dipole antenna). So I would like to make it by measure using LCR meter. What I am still confuse is about what is ...
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Problem to paralel tv digital reciever [closed]

Here is my C-Band parabolic tv digital receiver. As shown by the pictures, the incoming coax cable (INPUT) connected both the outer and the core. One goes to digital receiver 1 (receiver 1), and ...
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Can a WiFi antenna be used for other 2.4 - 2.5 GHz applications?

I am looking for a few long range antennas that can pick up signals from recreational drones in the 2.4-2.5 GHz range. I have done a lot of looking online and most of the results I find are for WiFi ...
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Noticeable difference between trunk and roof mount?

Between trunk-mounting and roof-mounting a 2m/70cm antenna, both as through-hole NMO mounts, is there really that big a difference performance-wise? I mean, I know roof mounting is better, but let's ...
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What should I take into consideration when choosing a new antenna? [closed]

I am trying to choose a new antenna for the HackRf One, but there are several variables to consider, such as the frequency, threading, resistance etc. In general, what things should I take into ...
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Fan dipole with loading coil(s)?

There seem to be plenty of construction articles on center-fed wire fan dipoles with pairs of arms of different lengths, each pair dimensioned for a different band (e.g. half-wave 80M+40M+20M). Would ...
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Need help understanding the gain on antenna pattern plots

My understanding is that the value of the axis (like -10 / 0 dB) refers to the maximum antenna gain (e.g. 12dbi). So, if a ...
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How do I design a dual band LPDA antenna?

Im not sure if this is the best place to ask a question like this but its the best place i could find. My goal is to build a dual band antenna similar to this one. That covers ...
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Understand Radio Pattern of a WIFI antenna

I have a Fortigate AP, and need to understand its radio pattern for optimal positioning. I've already understood the E-plane and H-plane representations and also that number on the circumference of ...
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How does the height above ground of a VHF/UHF receive antenna affect the r-f voltage at its output terminals?

It is commonly known that greater antenna heights usually improve the performance of these point-point terrestrial paths. Here's a NEC study showing the relationship of receive antenna height AGL to ...
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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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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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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 type of antenna is this?

I have very little knowledge about antennas (I just read about simple dipoles and monopoles recently) and I need to buy a directional antenna for my wireless device. I have found a cheap antenna (I ...
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Why does no one use a Buddipole as an Inverted V?

I have been looking at the Buddipole, and I've seen the most popular configuration is as a standard dipole with the arms parallel to the ground. I've also seen it configured as an upright V, as well ...
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Unsure how to assemble Shakespeare SSB antenna; not working [closed]

Have 23 foot Shakespeare SSB antenna. Can not connect through the side feed termination band? Antenna not working? What is the band supposed to look like? Is the termination band supposed to be ...
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Radio antenna for my FM receiver / Android FM

I want to make a radio antenna at home which will be able to receive all FM frequencies for my FM radio or Android FM. How do I make it? Frequency it can catch : 88 - 108 MHz Thanks.
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Simple antenna for LoRa 433 MHz module

I have some LoRa SX1278 433 MHz modules: However, I don't have an antenna. My question is: what would be a good antenna option for longest range? I don't really care that much about transfer speed, ...
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Dipole symmetry?

In ideal free space, both arms of a tuned wire dipole will be of identical length. However, the real world is not perfectly symmetric free space. The support heights, ground levels, ground ...
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One dipole for multiple bands?

I've just get my license, and I'm reviewing some equipend my father in law had when he passed away. I have found a dipole antenna with 15m aprox in each side, so, 60m band antenna. It feels weird to ...
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Are transmit antennas the same as receive ones?

Are transmit antennas the same as receive ones? I am making a extended Wi-Fi comms CCTV camera.
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Applications for 100 GHz band?

I was reading this paper and I found it very interesting and the following question came up, What are the main applications (what is used for) 100 GHz band? I couldn't find any reference on what is ...
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Colinear Vhf antenna

Textbook colinear vertical antenna designs show coax cable with alternating braid to centre configuration. Commercial whips seem to utilise a single wire as the radiating element with .66 velocity ...