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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2,4GHz Spectrum Analyzer with wireless card

I am new in the world of Radio Technology and I would build an idea with Bluetooth 4.0 and want to see the frequency for debugging. So I will need a Spectrum Analyzer, but won't buy one of these. ...
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What type 2 m /70 cm antenna to use when I want to receive a number of spacially separated beams?

So I have a 1.5 m by 1.5 m window. Through it, I have a number of spatially separated ~10 cm wide "beams" coming from local repeaters. It looks something like this: Outside of the marked areas, ...
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Does mounting a ground plane antenna upside down change the takeoff angle?

A typical gain pattern for a quarter wave ground plane antenna is: Image from a similar question and see watermark. For a situation where the signals of interest are below the antenna in elevation (...
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Acquiring specs on anntenas so as to mathematically model level curves in their transmission feilds

Is there an antenna supplier out there that is particularly well known for publishing enough data on their antennas that one can model their antennas' transmission fields in spherical or cylindrical ...
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Can VHF/UHF antennas have different orientation

I am communicating about 1000'. Is the orientation of the antennas critical, can a vertical antenna communicate with a horizontal antenna? The equipment is spec'd as VHF 148-174MHz and UHF 400-470MHz.
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3 way coax split / impedance match

I would like to split a coaxial feed line 3 ways, maintaining 50 Ω impedance. I know how to do this 2 ways; you use 1/4 wavelength 75 Ω coax as matching stubs. I know how to do this 4 ways; you do 2 ...
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tuning trouble - 1/4 wave 8 elevated ground radials 10 meter

It is resonate for 22 Mhz haven't had any luck tuning it for 30 Mhz it is an excellent antenna I feel at the Z is 0 for 22 Mhz I have given up and think I will just buy a Imax 2000 w/ radials?? "10 ...
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Yaesu FT-950 with G5RV lite antenna auto tune problem on 21Mhz

I am unable to autotune on 21Mhz as the SWR is more than 1:3 which is out side the range of the radio. I would like use it only for digital TX with a max. power of 50 watts. Any solution/s?
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Scanner radio purchase advice for someone that's nosy but not technological?

If it sounds like a stupid question, it probably is. My mom loves being nosy... When she hears the police siren, an ambulance, firefighters, or something like that, she's the first one to run to the ...
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Would retrofitting an external antenna to a smartphone be feasible?

I'm not sure if this is the proper StackExchange site, but you guys know RF and I don't know who else would know better. I take the commuter rail to work every day. I have 60-70% cell phone coverage. ...
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RSSI on both ends of UHF Point to Point network do not match

My understanding of an RSSI reading is that it should equal Tx power - Tx feed loss + Tx antenna gain - pathloss + Rx antenna gain - Rx feed loss. If this is the case, if the radios at either end are ...
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How to bypass LNA for TX in UHF Antenna?

I want to work with amateur, low power, and/or pico satellites. I would like to use an Eggbeater or Turnstile antenna with my UHF 433 MHz radio, since those antennas are very cheap and easy to build ...
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Would a 2.4ghz yagi antenna work for Ham Radio?

I am building a miniature yagi antenna that is made for 2.4ghz. Would a 2.4ghz yagi antenna work for Ham Radio?
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Bridging LAN over ~1-2km distance

A friend of mine and I live across a lake from each other, and recently we thought it'd be fun to try and connect our computers together somehow across that distance. Running cable from either side ...
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Conductive boom vs non conductive boom: what's the difference on a Yagi?

I designed a Yagi antenna using 4nec2, assuming that I would use a non conductive boom. If I use an aluminum boom but I insulate the elements from the boom, can I keep the same design? How does it ...
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2.4GHz wifi parabolic antenna frequency response

what happens to the gain of a parabolic antenna, say this, http://www.amazon.com/24dBi-Directional-Booster-Parabolic-Antenna/dp/B00NQGVMSE, for example if I use it in lower or higher frequencies? ...
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Reproduce ambient EM fields inside a Faraday cage?

I am part of a research team looking at the possible effects of EM fields on psychological function. The experiment calls for participants to perform a series of tests while inside a Faraday tent that ...
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Why a thousand miles long antenna is not needed to receive LW and MW?

From what I've learnt so far, the longer the wave frequency on which you want to transmit or receive, the longer the antenna needed to do so. However my portable receiver other than SW can also ...
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Can every antenna be used both for transmit and receive?

Assuming I have an antenna for receiving GPS signals, can I use it also for transmit — to create a repeater in a tunnel (or some place with no reception)?
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4NEC2 - Antenna outside Pattern

I am very new to 4Nec2 and need to do a simulation of a half-wave dipole antenna for 433 MHz. I've read a couple of tutorials and I understand most of it so far, still, my simulation doesn't make ...
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What is an adequate antenna for a JRC NRD-545?

I live in an attic apartment, just acquired a JRC NRD-545, and am somewhat limited to what I can put outside (within reason). I have an old folded dipole CB antenna that I might get away with ...
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Amateur Radio shack/antenna considerations during house construction

We are constructing a house on a tiny 30ft by 55ft plot and the construction uses cement bricks and the roof has embedded iron rods. The house has ground + 2 floors and the top floor mostly has two ...
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How will I improve my portable radio reception

I listen in a close room. I have this kind of radio, but it doesn't give a clear sound... it has "shhhhhhh" sound. There's a certain position where it will give out a clear sound but that position ...
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Airband VHF antenna challenge

I have a very difficult antenna design/installation challenge. I need to install an VHF antenna (118 to 140 MHz) into a nearly all carbon fiber glider. The radio provides 5 watts and 50 ohm, and most ...
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Why does a counterpoise need to be grounded

I made a 1090Mhz antenna for ADS-B following the instructions from sprut.de. The antenna looks like below and I made it from the copper centre of some stripped coax: The instructions say: Now we ...
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Which matters most in a fan dipole: Overall linear length or actual wire length?

I'm in the midst of constructing a fan dipole for 80, 40, 30, 20 and 10 meters. I have everything laid out and am about to start cutting wire. I have an ugly balun (RF choke) wound at the feed point ...
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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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OCF Antenna Feed Line [closed]

I built a OCF HF antenna. The feed line contains a 4:1 balun and a line insolator (choke) per instructions. When checking the radio end of the coax, I get a "grounded" response between the inner wire ...
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Should a MacBook emit fluctuating EMF when WIFI and Bluetooth are turned off?

I have a couple of MacBooks. Using a Trifield EMF meter with radio/microwave capability, if I hold the meter near the laptop (where I understand the wifi antenna is located), I receive blips ranging ...
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Antenna for 6M, or Antenna system?

Here, in VU-land, 6M allocation is from 50 MHz through 54 MHz... which is a fair chunk of spectrum. If I think about a half-dipole antenna; between 50/54 MHz it's length varies by over a foot ... and ...
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Antenna length in relation to lambda length

I'm pretty new with antenna stuff. I'm not sure how to understand antenna length in relation to lambda with dipole antennas. If a simple dipole antenna is lambda/4, has it a total length of lambda/2 (...
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What are the dos and don'ts when it comes to retractable antennae for HTs?

I was thinking of getting a retractable antenna for my Baofeng UV-82 8W HT. I found a Nagoya NA771R. What are the dos and don'ts for using such a retractable antenna with a HT? Should it always be ...
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What is the minimum length antenna I can use with my vehicle setup?

Devices I need to hook up to roof-mounted antennas in my truck. Scanner - 25Mhz-800Mhz (mostly listen to FD/EMS on 2m and 70cm) Handheld HAM (possibly upgrading to mobile unit) - 2m/70cm ...
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VHF / UHF - Terrestrial Circular Polarized Antenna

I've been doing mostly HF for the last 20 years and just recently installed a 2m/70cm mobile rig in my shack for base station work. I like to work FM simplex and repeaters when the HF bands are not ...
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2 meter dipole of work vehicle

I am about to purchase a Baofeng HT. I have one I am thinking of using primarily in work truck. I can't really drill holes or have antenna be too obvious. On Amazon I found a 2 meter 70cm 2m dipole....
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Running ladder line through window from inside shack to outside dipole antenna - what to watch out for?

For HF operating, I am considering running a ladder line from the ATU just inside a window, through the window (squeezing it between the window and the window frame; not actually through the glass), ...
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Is it possible to have 2 x 3:2 MIMO with 2 antennas?

I was going through a datasheet of an HPE M210 802.11n Access Point. According to the specs it has 2 internal antennas and supports 2 x 3:2 MIMO. My question are: 1) is it actually possible to have 3 ...
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What happens to the “Yo-Yo Tenna” when you coil up its ends for use on higher frequencies?

I have gathered what is basically a Yo-Yo Tenna using some Camco laundry reels and a spool of cheap speaker wire split in half (pretty much exact duplicate of this build as it turns out). I've got a ...
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Would a covering like aluminised kapton effect antenna radiation pattern?

I'm looking at using a 1/4 wave whip antenna for a transmitter. If possible I'd like to cover the antenna in very thin (0.02 mm) aluminised kapton for reasons unrelated to the radio system; to be ...
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Receiving through a linear amplifier

I want to build a simple amplifier using those Mitsubishi modules (like the RA30H1317M or other RA parts). I know this might seem like a very obvious question, but I am unable to find the answer after ...
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FUNcube Dongle antenna specs

What are the specs of the FUNcube Dongle antenna? I mean, how to fully describe only the antenna?
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Replace directional antenna by fixed antenna

Given the following specs of a directional antenna: ...
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Antenna proximity limit to increasing signal strength via additional receiving antennas?

I have a 900Mhz transmitting antenna that is being received by one receiving antenna at the moment. I want to add a second (and possibly third, fourth, etc) antenna to increase the signal strength. ...
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2 Meter horizontal or vertical dipole polarization?

When should I use one polarization over the other on 2 meters? I've looked at the radiation patterns for horizontal dipole and seen how it changes based on mounting height. I haven't been able to ...
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Bandwidth, Q-factor, Radiation Eff calculations

Is it possible to give approximate answers about what an antenna is capable of? There are a lot of formulas out there, but every single one I found is based on actual measurement; input, output, SWR ...
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Is it possible to calculate the Q factor for an antenna type, given a frequency?

With only pen and paper, is it possible to calculate the ideal Q-factor for e.g. a dipole antenna, loop etc, given a frequency?
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Drones for lifting verticals?

I would like to lift a 5/8 wave wire vertical for 160m, using a drone, over my lovely saltwater swamp. The thing must be powered from the ground, capable of being left aloft for a couple of hours ...
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Antenna for small balcony

I'm hoping to set up a ham radio in my small apartment, to operate on the 2 meter band. I just picked up my general license and I don't know where to start or what equipment go get. Here is a picture ...
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How do I simulate a receiving antenna in EZNEC simulation tool?

I have a situation where I need to find receiving antenna impedance when it’s $\lambda/2$ distance from the transmitting antenna. Both are dipole antennas. Is it possible with EZNEC?
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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 ...