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Questions tagged [theory]

This tag is for questions of radio theory and/or the underlying physics.

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Does the E-field propagate faster that the H-field?

I need some proof that the electric (E-field) and the magnetic component (H-field) of a lightning stroke both propagate at the speed of light, and that there is not a significant delay between them. ...
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What is Norton's transform?

This article from Itchen Valley Amateur Radio Club describes an interesting technique called "Norton's transform": This results in a negative capacitor, but in a circuit where there are other ...
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What's the practical significance of the source impedance in an RF filter?

I'm reading through a tutorial on filter design and Bartlett's bisection theorem. It gives an example of a filter with 2.909k terminations: Then, the right side of the filter is scaled by a factor of ...
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Is RF current always confined to the inner diameter of a braided outer conductor of coaxial cable?

Prompted by a previous question found at Using a balun with a resonant dipole -- an answer there included the following text: "For transmission lines (twin-lead or coax) to not radiate, each ...
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Conventional or electron current

I’m reading a radio theory book, Radio Theory Handbook by Ron Bertrand VK2DQ, which suggests that electron flow (ie current flowing from negative to positive) is used in radio theory and design. In ...
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Can a common-mode current exist on the inside of a coax shield?

People often say common-mode current flows on the outside of the shield, while the current on the inside of the shield is always opposed by an equal but opposite current on the center conductor. This ...
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Can you create a radio beam with a Faraday cage?

Imagine we have an isotropic antenna at the origin emitting a steady sine wave at frequency $f$. Encompassing the antenna is a sphere of radius $r$ made of a fine copper mesh (with holes $\ll\frac\...
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Key CW on zero crossings - zero bandwidth?

I remember being surprised to learn that a CW signal has a bandwidth (albeit small), but when I thought it over, it made sense. Essentially, we are modulating the carrier with a low frequency square ...
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Why are tuning and amplification in the same block?

I'm studying for my foundation level licence in the UK and the book has the following diagram for a receiver: Why are tuning and amplification in the same block? Are they perform at the same time/by ...
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What is shape factor of a resonant circuit?

I have seen the shape factor of a resonant circuit defined in different places as both "the ratio of the -3dB point to the -60dB point", and elsewhere as "the ratio of the -6dB point to the -60dB ...
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Why do we use decibels in radio?

We can measure power in watts, and gain or loss in unitless ratios. So why bother using decibels for these things?
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There is no reverse flow of energy in a mismatched transmission line, is this correct?

Is this text correct? I use it when helping people to study for their Licence, and get a lot of indignant scorn for my assertion "It is important to realise, that, after the first brief flutter, no ...
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What does the term 3 kHz deviation relate to in the FM world?

I am confused when someone says "your audio levels are set right and has good deviation at 3 kHz" when talking about wide-band 25 kHz FM signals. First confusion: Why are audio levels measured in ...
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Can there be (long range) propagation of HF from satellites?

HF transmissions from the ground can be reflected by the ionosphere leading to very long distance propagation. Satellites in low Earth orbit (160 km to 2,000 km) fly within the ionosphere (60 km to ...
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Why can't VHF / UHF be used with ionosphere reflection?

HF radio can be reflected by the ionosphere, giving very long range communications. Why can't VHF / UHF used with ionosphere reflection? Is it due to the attenuation of the atmosphere over that ...
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Strange image of concentric circles…magnetic field? [closed]

I woke up to find a series of "images" on the window of my kitchen slider. They were concentric circles. They appear to be images of a magnetic field. I was trying to link a photo of them onto this ...
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Quarter Wave Transmission Line transformer

Can someone explain to me exactly how a quarter-wave transmission line transformer is put into action? I mean, how does it operate and what values are usually taken into consideration, calculation ...
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What are the signal loss mechanisms between a ground station antenna and a satellite receiver?

What are ALL the potential signal loss mechanisms between the output of the earth station antenna and the input of the satellite receiver. With a bit of explanation for each if possible please.
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Interpreting the Friis transmission equation [duplicate]

In the Friis transmission equation, can you please explain the significance of the factor $$\left(\frac{\lambda}{4\pi R}\right)$$ and what it helps us achieve? Specifically in terms of path loss.
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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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How does a folded balun work?

A folded balun is made from two quarter-wavelength, parallel conductors. A picture is worth a thousand words: Here are some pictures of an actual construction from Gisela & Joe Noci on diydrones....
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Why must twin-lead conductor spacing be small to avoid radiation?

A transmission line does not radiate when the spacing between the two wires is very small when compared to the wavelength, but the transmission line begins to radiate when the spacing between the ...
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How is RF a radio receives just not a mishmash of eletromagnetic energy?

So at any given time, electromagnetic waves of many different frequencies are flooding the space around me. I have a little 2 meter radio. Are not all these electromagnetic waves exciting the ...
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Are antennas circuits?

For an antenna to work, doesn’t charge have to flow through it? A current must be present. To me it indicates it must be a circuit, but how is a dipole a circuit? If they are not circuits, then how ...
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ISM band bandwidth compared to other bands for theoretical WLAN use, performance?

As a purely theoretical question, what would it be like if wireless computer networking equipment was redesigned and allowed to operate at some other band than the unlicensed ISM band which is ...
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What is the velocity factor of a wire?

This is Belden 9223. It is a 50-ohm coaxial cable, velocity factor 0.56 This is Belden 8524. It is a 22 AWG hookup wire. No velocity factor in the datasheet. Why does the coax datasheet have a ...
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How is impedance matching related to balance and common-mode currents?

Does a good impedance match imply good balance and lack of common-mode currents? Does a poor impedance match imply poor balance and excessive common-mode currenst?
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How would a time-difference-of-arrival receiver with two antennas know which side the signal is from?

An easy TDOA design by Byonics was published with the following schematic: It appears that the antennas are switched at a rate of 640Hz, which allows a 640Hz tone to be heard in the radio when the ...
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How does a switching mixer multiply the two signals?

I understand what a mixer does, and when I see it in a block diagram it's obvious what purpose it serves and how it fits in the overall design of the radio. However, when I look at the schematics and ...
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What does a SSB frequency actually indicate?

An SSB signal is an AM signal with the carrier and other sideband filtered out, if I understand correctly. As such, when specifying an SSB frequency do you specify the carrier frequency, then state ...
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How does a mag mount antenna achieve a ground plane?

I've been thinking for some time about magnet mount mobile antennas and wondering how they establish their ground plane. Consider that many mag mount antennas have some kind of protective coating on ...
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SDR sampling bandwidth - do the bits per sample matter?

I'm looking at data converter chips for a homebrew SDR design, and I see that I can choose not just the sampling frequency, but also the bits per sample. Obviously the sampling frequency has to be ...