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How to measure the power emitted from an HF antenna in near-field WPT?

I'd like to estimate the power density from a 13.56 MHz power source in a near-field WPT (wireless power transfer) scenario. Using a spectrum analyzer with a receiving antenna will give the E-field ...
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What is the best approach for measuring return loss of a home-made 3cm horn?

Let's assume I have built a SMA-to-waveguide transition that flares out into a horn antenna. There's no flange between transition and horn, it's made of a single metal sheet. The antenna has tuning ...
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Wire dipole antenna proving ground / test bench

i am considering building two movable (concrete base with wheels) non metallic poles with hooks every ten centimeters or so, in order to test wire dipoles of various sizes at various heights with an ...
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Peak envelope power should be 2:1 or 4:1 on meter?

I've always been reading my AM modulated signal on a Bird wattmeter and trying to set the carrier to 1/4 of the peak envelope power (PEP). Recently, I was told by a CBer that you only can see it that ...
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Antenna design - Ground plane in simulation and in practice

For monopole antennas, the ground plane acts as another arm of an equivalent dipole antenna. I'm wondering how we can expect the behavior of that antenna in practice, because the ground plane is ...
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Why is the insertion loss of my coax cable higher than expected?

I am testing a long cable run (about 90m). This cable has been used outside and inside, for temporary setups. I've set up my VNA with the correct values (velocity factor,...) and the distance to ...
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How were 1920s hams able to measure megahertz frequency?

I was reading 200 Meters and Down but one thing that was unclear to me was that hams in the 1920s were operating on the 200 meter frequency, which is around 1.5 Mhz .... or 1500 kilocycles to use the ...
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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 should I measure RFI on the headset cable from a hand-talkie?

I'd like to build an audio interface cable from my smartphone to my Yaesu FT-60 which incorporates VOX (since the Yaesu doesn't have VOX functionality) for APRS apps on the phone. I'm having problems ...
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Measuring dBs with software defined radio

If the "floor" of the graph in my SDR is at -110dB, and when I key up, it goes to -70dB, and the wattage is 5W....is there a direct correlation between dBs and wattage?
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Seeming conflict in the definitions of dynamic range

As I understand it, dynamic range is the difference in dB between the strongest and weakest signal discernible by your receiver. So, the larger the dynamic range, the better, which seems intuitive. ...
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Ferrite rod permeability determination

Is there a simple empiric way of determining the permeability (mhu) of a ferrite object (be it a ring, rod or any form)? I've been thinking this for a rod: if I wind coils with different number of ...
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How to probe a dipole antenna?

I want to start experimenting and tinkering with antennas, starting with ½ wave dipoles. I will be measuring the AC voltages on both the transmitter and the reciever antennas simultaneously. And by ...
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Is it possible to measure antenna trap with MFJ225 without help of PC?

I have MFJ225 antenna analyzer. I measure coax trap filters by connecting this analyzer to PC and using IG_miniVNA application. That works fine. But, sometimes I need to make such measurements in ...
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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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crt TV emissions

I have my Hack RF plugged in my TV antenna to have a cheap setup and I have observed on the spectrum analyser a signal (Bandwidth: ~400Khz) that is emitted by my old analog TV from 80ies. These are my ...
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Measurement/calibration error after OSL calibration on VNA

Purchased a HP 8711A some time ago to learn how to make better measurements. I've tried doing an OSL calibration with a 75ohms Agilent cal kit. When reconnecting the short after succesful ...
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Portable radio antenna measurement

Just purchased a HP 8711A and have "upgraded" the bootrom to enable vector measurements. I am now trying to learn more about how to make better measurements and understand what's going on. One of the ...
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Measuring energy density of 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz signals

I'm a math and computer science student, starting to mess around with using amplifiers and antennas to build long-range wifi hardware in my spare time. Calculating the expected power density of a ...
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How should this SWR meter's directional coupler work?

I'm wrapping up a "home build" of the MFJ-941EK antenna tuner kit and having trouble getting the wattmeter calibrated. I can't use C4 to get the reflected power reading calibrated down to 0 as is ...
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Recommended way to analyze spectrum output of a high-power amplifier?

I have a small collection of "software defined RF lab" equipment, notably a HackRF and a VNWA3. I am almost done building a 35W HF amplifier and once I've done some other testing, would like to look ...
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Rudementary Impedance measurements for VLF antenna system

I am looking for ideas to improve my Impedance measurements I perform on my VLF antenna system. Due to circumstances my VLF experiments are usually "on location / in a field" so I do not have the ...
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How to measure a balun for effectiveness?

It seems there are almost as many "balun" designs as there are web pages about "baluns". There's lots of accusations pointed in all directions ("design Z isn't a balun OR a choke", "design Y is ...
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If i measure a rf source as 20 dBm in spectrum analyser inline with 20db attenuator, what is the actual power generated by rf sorce

Measurement 20dbm + 20 db attenuator, what is the actual power of rf source
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Tuning/trimming a ground plane antenna

I've built a ground plane antenna with a 19.5" vertical and 4 20" radials. Currently, at 147.135 MHz my SWR is 3:1, clearly not ideal (and even bad for the transmitter!). I'm reluctant to start ...
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Can I touch the ground of a PWR/SWR meter?

I'm planning to build a 5W PWR/SWR meter very similar to this design by G3YMC, but with two meters: I'd like to put it in this metal box, and use the box as ground. However, the bottom of the box ...
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How does an antenna transform impedances along its length?

If I insert some impedance (like a loading coil, or a trap) at the base of a monopole antenna, the effect on the feedpoint impedance is easy to predict: the impedance is in series with the antenna, so ...
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Measuring RF voltages with a multimeter

Is it possible to measure RF voltages with a multimeter? I have a multimeter which can measure AC voltages up to 600V RMS, but I'm not sure because I don't know if it assumes the signal to be 50Hz, or ...
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Is it possible to measure the capacitance of a gamma rod? Gamma match

I was wondering if it is possible to measure the capacitance of a gamma rod using an L/C meter. I tried to measure one by clipping one of the alligator clips on the outer aluminum tube and the other ...
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How can I calibrate a SWR meter?

I would like to build my own HF (1.8 - 30 MHz) SWR meter, however I'm not sure how I can calibrate the meter without an accurate power source. I'm targeting a power capacity of 150 W so I can use it ...
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Measuring antenna characteristics without physical access?

There is a loop antenna that was thrown around an attic interior several decades ago, of long forgotten dimensions. I found the feed line. Is there a way to measure what (U.S. amateur) bands on ...
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What is the point of a SWR/power meter where the needles cross over each other?

There are SWR/power meters with two separate gauges, and others that have them mounted so the gauge needles cross over each other. Aside from looking cool, does the cross-over point of the two meters ...