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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Poor reception on single AM channel

My car stereo has terrible reception on a single AM station. Other cars get the signal fine and other channels on radio are received fine. I have contemplated some sort of booster for the antenna or ...
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How the performance of the half wave dipole antenna changes as the length changes?

I have been doing some research online and I found that some sources say if you have a full wave dipole antenna, there would be no transmission on the other hand some sources say that this is not true....
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Simulating two antennas (transmitter and receiver) using 4nec2 tool

I am trying to find near field mutual coupling affects between two antennas - one being transmitter and other being receiver. The receing antenna is fed with very little voltage (I think, if I don't ...
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Impedance matching between antenna and load - Theory and Practice?

I'm trying to do impedance matching between my PCB antenna and my circuit. My PCB antenna has a measured impedance of 49.4 - j8.1 ohms. The operating frequency is 915 MHz. The goal of matching is to ...
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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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Is a J-pole an appropriate antenna for mounting to a steel handrail?

Last year, a group of us placed a battery-powered 2m digipeater using a J-pole antenna on a mountaintop. We're planning on doing the same this year except we plan to use a surge arrestor from the feed ...
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Will stainless steel bolts work with my copper antenna?

My antenna is copper, elements and the beam. I would like to bolt them together where they cross. Would stainless bolts work? Just sweating them together lets them twist and move some in high winds.
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Coax cable as antenna for 5 watt handy

For a normal 5 watt handy working in VHF or UHF freq with 50 ohm antenna , is it possible to use a same length coax cable instead of a stub antenna, so as to work like a crude antenna. Will this only ...
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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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Antenna Patterns and Multipath Effect

It's said that in order to decrease multi-path effects on receiving antennas that your antenna pattern should have a sharp slope near the horizon. Why? for example this is article mentioned it.(...
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Mathematica notebook for NEC2 (NEC, Numerical Electromagnics Code)

Are there any open source Mathematica notebooks that interface with NEC2? I am primarily interested in plotting the NEC2 results from Mathematica.
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Skin effect - rough versus polished surface

Considering "skin effect", does the surface finish of Aluminum tubing have any practical effect on antenna efficiency at HF frequencies (5-30 MHz)? For example: Aluminum tubing as manufactured - rough ...
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Turn 75 Ω TV “Rabbit Ears” with a balun into a 50 Ω dipole antenna

I got myself a TV "Rabbit Ears" module originally for a TV. It came with a small length of coax, permanently attached to the antenna foot, and a Belling-Lee connector on the other end. My idea was to ...
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HF SWL antenna wire? Will plain 16-Gauge copper wire work well enough?

Planning to set up a HF antenna for RX-only. However, I can't decide what kind of wire to use. I want to buy something new. My first thought is to buy a spool of 16 Gauge copper wire, but am hoping ...
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Microstrip Loop Antenna Design

I am trying to design a loop antenna for operation at 2.4 GHz, I would like for it to have above 2.5 dB gain at 2.4 GHz and have relatively good return loss (<-10 dB). I have started my design as ...
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Stabilization of an antenna pole with anchoring cables

I am mounting my first antenna. It is a TRAM 1481 (about 16' height), which will be placed on a 20' pole, on my home's flat roof (about 25' height). To properly stabilize the pole/antenna: - How far ...
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Are satellites Left or Right hand circularly polarized?

I'm thinking of building some helical antennas for satellite work. I want to know which way to wind them. If satellites are spinning randomly, how can we know if they are left hand or right hand ...
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Has a vehicle magnetic antenna mount ever caused a road accident?

Some people believe that mag mount magnets lose their effectiveness over time, eventually causing a dangerous situation as the antenna could rip loose from the vehicle and become a projectile or ...
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Distance of Received Signals

I received two UV5R plus radios a couple of years ago as a gift to use for hunting. I've never used them, but I now have time on my hands due to some medical issues so figured I'd play around with ...
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How can I calculate the 1/4-wave monopole impedance dependence on groundplane angle?

I watched this video of a very nice explanation of a simple dipole and 1/4-wave monopole. In that video they show how you can impedance match the 1/4-wave monopole by bending the 4 (virtual ground ...
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Antenna installation for a base station

I have a detached garage that is approximately 15 feet high. The garage is approximately 20 feet from my home I will be using a Kenwood D-710GA radio, a Grandmaster SWR Meter and a 6 foot comet GP-3 ...
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Gain in long wire antennas

DARA (you know, Hamvention) TNG is looking for projects. Thursday, I will be proposing building and characterizing a vertically-polarized 1 wavelength on a side reentrant rhombic. Since in doing the ...
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Is a “shorted” coax feedline ok for a G5RV type antenna?

I have "inherited" what I believe to be a G5RV antenna with two 51 foot wire centerfed radiators. If I remember correctly from measuring 2 months ago, there is about 31 feet of 450 ohm ladderline ...
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Can I install a Diamond X30A Antenna on a Balcony with a Metal Rail?

I live in an apartment with a metal rail patio very similar to the attached photo. I want to put a Diamond X30A on the patio but the radials will be about a foot below the top rail. Will this work, or ...
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How to design a meander antenna for 2 meter band?

How should I start if I want to design a compact antenna for 2 meter band using the principle of meander antenna? I noticed meander antennas are frequently used in mobile devices and notebooks for 2.4 ...
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Could I run a Zepp antenna from a telegraph pole underneath a mains cable?

I'm new to the forum, and I've been advised that this is a good place to get experienced opinion. I lived in a three storey terraced house in Mid Wales. It is terraced on three sides with the house on ...
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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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What is the easiest way to eliminate a beam antenna's backward radiation (rear lobe)?

I tried a metallic reflector which works well in terms of radiation, but considerably degrades the return loss and adds more complexity to the design.
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What is the effect of using different number of radials with ground plane antenna

I'm new to electronics and telecommunication at all, I having trouble with understanding the difference between 2, 3 and 4 radials, as I've searched online I've learned that I can use only 1 radial(...
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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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Intermittent High SWR

Using a Cushcraft MA5B beam, when I apply high power from an amplifier, the SWR will go up and down intermittently. Something is breaking down at high power (200-500 W). I have a new coax feedline, ...
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HF/VHF antenna for high altitude balloon

I'm working on the design of a dual band transmitter for use on a high altitude balloon. I'll be transmitting on 2 meters and 20 meters (APRS and WSPR) with about 50 mW. To keep the weight to an ...
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calculating all specifics for a 5/8 antenna

So, I've built a couple 1/4λ ground plane antennas for Airband and Marine band. I don't transmit, I'm just listening, etc. So, constructing ground plane antennas with the radials and getting the ...
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SWR Measured at the Transmitter versus SWR at the Antenna

It is fairly well understood that due to transmission line losses, the SWR as measured at the transmitter will be less than the SWR at the antenna. Some of the new antenna analyzers and some vector ...
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Antenna for a cramped attic

Brand new Ham. I bought a cheapo UV5 right before I got my call sign. I want to set up a decent 2m/70cm station for starters and I realize that a better radio is important but wanted to knock out the ...
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Can a radio antenna damage a phone? [closed]

I am currently attending a radio technology course. We continuously work on radio sets that are sometimes used as manpacks by the Army. In order to learn how to operate them we work in close proximity ...
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Are there any real advantages to an aftermarket NA-701 over the Baofeng stock antenna? [closed]

I have a Baofeng UV-5R HT radio that I have been using for about a month now and I really like it because it was very inexpensive and portable. It currently has the stock antenna on it and I have ...
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What is the optimal antenna for a high altitude weather balloon?

I was thinking of creating a 2.4 GHz WiFi wireless link with a directional, circular polarized antenna but I am not sure if that would work for such a long distance. The antenna cant weigh more than 1 ...
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Can I talk 2 Meter VHF across the United States

Can I talk on 2 meters from the east coast to the west coast without using repeaters?
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TV strong station has no signal when coax is connected

Right, not directly ham radio related, but this puzzles my ham brain. I have several TVs connected to a distribution amp connected to an outside antenna. All but one work fine, and the one won't ...
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Does adding just an antenna adapter to a 3G modem add to it reception power?

I am looking to increase the 3G GSM reception of my mobile hotspot device by adding an antenna adapter I can attach to RS-9 port in the device. It's a simple pigtail adapter, the other end of which is ...
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Antenna, input and ground bonding

I'm new to this and am in need of guidance. I am mounting a multi-band antenna on a 50 foot tall 1 1/4" galvanized mast. I plan to drive a ground rod at the base of the antenna and bond the mast to ...
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Which antenna would you use?

I'm starting to study RF propagation at college, and I'm thinking about what antenna I should choose for this scenario: The distance between the transmitter and receiver is just 700 meters, and the ...
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2m Biquad - Why not?

I'm thinking about putting together an Echolink link node on my local repeater frequency so I can participate in the weekly net when out of town. This seems straightforward as it's simply: Being in ...
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proximity of rain gutter to dipole antenna

I am a new ham and wish to mount a center-fed G5RV dipole antenna under the eaves of my house, where I have a 78' clear run available two stories above ground. The problem is a metal rain gutter which ...
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How to adapt commercial VHF yagi for 2 meter amateur use?

I recently acquired a Decibel 3-element VHF Yagi that was formerly in commercial service. I connected my MFJ-259B antenna analyzer to the antenna and found its minimum SWR at 155 MHz. I have not ...
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Could 8' Marine whip antennas operate on much higher frequencies?

I have backgrounds on electrical communications, but know little about EM/RF. I would like to install outdoor antennas for experiments (receive only; I do not hold licenses, although I do intend to ...
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Is it right for Amateur Radio operators to hide their antennas? [closed]

Is it right for us hams to hide our antennas? And should we tell our neighbors that we are a ham?
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Antenna Q vs pattern shape

Is there any reason to think that changing the Q of an antenna would affect the directional pattern, assuming that is the only variable that changes? Restricting to values of Q say less than 1000. ...
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Can you place reflective material near to an antenna without interfering with the radiation pattern?

So I'm trying to understand how radiation pattern are calculated and it's going well (so far!). I've come across a bit of an issue when it comes to the following situation: If we have a ...