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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Total cancellation in corporate feed network for patch antenna

I'm trying to build an array of patch antennas in order to receive a GPS signal. The idea is to build 4 patches and connect them with a corporate feed network. An example of corporate feed is this one....
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Feeding a dual-band UHF and VHF Yagi antenna

I just built a UHF Yagi antenna for my HT, and I was thinking about adding VHF elements. If I do, could I just connect the coax directly to both sets of elements without a diplexer?
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Would the antenna described work?

For reception of amateur radio satellites, turnstile antennas (consisting of two crossed dipoles fed out-of-phase) are often used. I've recently had an idea - what if two half-wavelength dipoles are ...
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Do the radials of a quarter or 5/8 wavelength antennas connect to the braid of the coaxial cable?

I'm studying for my foundation license (in the UK) and I have these diagrams: Do the radials in a quarter or 5/8 wavelength antennas connect to the braid/shield of the coaxial cable? If so, how does ...
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Resistance of antenna dipoles

A quick question: Is it a disaster if the two legs of a v-dipole antenna are different resistances? Thanks.
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best antenna for Baofeng

My wife is a teacher at a school about 15 miles from our home. My growing concern about a possible EMP event (natural or man-made) led me to buy a pair of Baofeng UV-5RV2+ radios in the hopes of ...
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What might this tower be used for?

This tower is located on the campus of my wife's employer. She's asked around but no one seems to know the purpose of it. Does anyone have any idea what this may be used for? Edited to add ...
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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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Can I use a CB antenna with a ham radio?

I just passed General and purchased a FT-450D with an internal antenna tuner. While my ultimate plan is to use a G5RV, it will be a while before I can get it up. What modifications would I need to ...
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Good Coating for a Radome

My club has a well used Motorola branded StationMaster UHF repeater antenna that needs to be sanded and recoated. Besides the surface, the antenna is in very good working order so we're not ...
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RX antenna and RTL SDR with upconverter ..How to hear something?

I mounted a small RX antenna (mini whip, bought from eBay) (on 10-th floor) and I want to try to listen to something. I bought a RTL-SDR with Upconverter which supports HF. RX antenna's operating ...
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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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My Baofeng UV-5RV2+ will receive a signal with rubber duck antenna but not with a new Nagoya

I bought my self a Baofeng UV-5RV2+ as an inexpensive way to introduce myself to the world of ham radio. With all of the stock components everything has been working fine. I wanted to try to increase ...
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Substitute for Dacron rope in antennas

I am building an antenna that specifies the use of Dacron rope to help support the spreaders, but that is not readily available in Trinidad and Tobago. What will be a good replacement with regards to ...
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How to tune a hamwhip-type mobile HF antenna?

I'm a new ham and would like to start working HF with my mobile (my only) rig, an FT-857d. I have a handful of antennas, all of the variety that has a fiberglass base, extended by a stainless steel ...
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Power handling of a simple VHF ground plane

The ARRL welcome pamphlet contains instructions on building a simple ground plane antenna and specifically comments on its use by handy-talkies. However, I wonder what the actual capability of this ...
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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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Type and name of this smartphone cellular antenna

Please identify the type and name of this antenna? It's a iPhone 6s cellular antenna. What material it's made of? Any reason for it's 'painted black'?
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Will coaxial cable degrade over time?

I have a 40' section of RG-8 that is about 35 years old. One end was terminated with a standard PL-259 and the other was soldered directly to an antenna. When I removed the connector from the one ...
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Choose the right dongle for NOAA images visualization with GnuRadio [closed]

I'm a newbie in such domain and I was reading some articles around the internet and what attracted me most is using the GnuRadio to see NOAA images using some cheap hardware. I looked further it ...
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How do I connect an antenna with coax output to my stereo?

I want to buy a radio antenna for my stereo in order to pick up a few farther-away stations clearly. The outputs from the antennae that I'm seeing are to coax cables, and the input to my stereo has 75 ...
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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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Can the tip of an antenna burn insulation/drywall?

In my house, I’ve got a mag mount antenna mounted on a piece of sheet metal on top of rubber and the tip of the antenna goes into my ceiling and possibly contacts or is near to home insulation. I was ...
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Will rewiring this antenna change the characteristics?

Speaking of the antenna in this question: What kind of 2 meter antenna is this? The connections are rusted and corroded so I'd like to rewire it. If I move the shield from where it is currently ...
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What kind of antenna connector is this?

I'm looking for antennas to attach to my CB radio. This one is a "rubber ducky" antenna. I'm not sure what the connector is, can anyone identify it for me? [edit] Here are some other pictures
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Choosing a wideband antenna design

On a previous question I asked about proper antenna design for wideband SDR receiver and ways to improve signal/noise ratio. Ideally the reciever has a range of 100kHz-2GHz. Keeping in mind is ...
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HF antenna design for high-altitude balloon

I'd like to put a WSPR or JT65-like transmitter on a high-altitude balloon, but lacking much experience with HF antennas, I don't quite know where to start. I'm thinking it will operate on 20 meters, ...
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Broadband antenna for SDR radio

I recently bought a very wideband SDR receiver (DX-Patrol MK4, declared covered frequencies are 100kHz-2GHz). I'm experimenting with antenna designs because unfortunately I live in an apartment ...
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What kind of antenna design is this?

I've found an old antenna that once came with an HP laptop with a TV (DVB-T?) card. I decided to see if I can use that antenna for something else, so I opened it up and found the following antenna ...
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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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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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Receiving medium - low frequency CPU signal

I'm trying to listen to the CPU freq's my PC produces (kinda similar to what was done here: https://github.com/fulldecent/system-bus-radio) I do see a clear signal that comes from the CPU (I know ...
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SWR, overall, is too high

This is a sort of follow-on question from my tuners in series question. The problem I am ultimately trying to solve is this: I am using a manufactured end-fed, half-wave 40m antenna. The ...
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CB Ground Plane on fiberglass RV

The CB ground plane on my 43' fiberglass motorhome stinks. Has never worked correctly. If I install a piece of sheetmetal around the antenna on the roof would that help the ground plane at all? A flat ...
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Tiger Tail + capacitive coupling… what's the interaction?

I've been working on a 2m setup for hiking. My goal is to have the best possible antenna that can be used while walking, and that won't get damaged if I walk under a low branch or some other forest ...
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75Ω Wire FM antenna

I was recently given an older, but really nice broadcast FM receiver (88-108Mhz) by neighbor, but I am confused by the antenna connector and labeling. for the FM antenna connection, there are two ...
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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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Satelite dish modified for Wi-Fi (Signal Elevation Question)

I am doing a project where I will be re-purposing an old TV satellite dish as a directional Wi-Fi antenna. The dish is circular in shape, not oval. The dish has an arm coming from the bottom that ...
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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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What is pinout for headphone FM radio antenna?

My Android phone (as many others) have FM radio receiver on-board. But apparently, it has no internal VHF antenna at all, since there is no signal at all w/o headphones plugged in and sound quality ...
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Is cheap Chinese coax wire ok to use as an antenna?

So I've been following this guide on how to build an antenna for a High altitude balloon: link In the guide they say to use RG174 wire, which is why I bough some cheap RG174 wire off Ebay. I guessed ...
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Does a receiving antenna need radials?

I am very new to radio and am using two 433MHz 1/4 wavelength monopole antennas to send and receive data. On the transmitting antenna I'm going to add radials (as it is the standard in my application)...
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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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Yaesu FTM-3200dr Antenna

I am looking to upgrade my station soon by buying a Yaesu FTM-3200dr mobile 2m radio. I am limited on funds for radio and I don't want to get the wrong type of antenna connector and wast a bunch of ...
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What material is best to design a dipole antenna working at VHF frequency? [duplicate]

I need to design an antenna using the tool FEKO. The antenna is supposed to work in VHF frequency and has a gain of around 2.2 dB. What is the best material to use and what are the specifications of ...
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What is the point of high gain antenna with respect to the maximum EIRP

OFCOM states that the maximum EIRP within the UK for 2.4 GHz is 100mW. Simply put, what is the point in being able to buy 2.4 GHz high gain antennas which can say do 24dBi, which already puts the ...
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Transition Point Between Fan and Cage Dipoles

A fan dipole is a dipole with multiple active elements, either for different frequencies or different directions (see turnstile antenna) while a cage dipole emulates a larger conductive by having ...
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Why Coaxial Collinear Antenna Gives Strange Graph of Frequency Sweep vs SWR?

Antenna Analyzer gives a understandable results for a Quad Antenna (photos 1, 2 & 3), but gives strange results for Coaxial Collinear Antenna (photo 4) Photo 1 of 4: Test setup for Quad Antenna ...
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Optimal antenna orientation for High altitude balloon?

(First of all, I hope this is the right subform, please correct me if I'm wrong) I am using a 433 Mhz LoRa Radio to communicate with a high altitude balloon and am using an antenna like in this guide ...
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What is the purpose of having multiple bays for a bowtie antenna?

What would be the difference between a two-bay antenna designed like this: and a four-bay antenna designed like this: Assuming that everything about these two antennas are identical aside from the ...