Construction of a Table-Top Antenna Range for Learning Electromagnetics Concepts

TitleConstruction of a Table-Top Antenna Range for Learning Electromagnetics Concepts
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2024
AuthorsBrapoh, A, Dittmar, M, Szabo, A, Troy, R, Frissell, N, Cerwin, SA
Conference NameHamSCI Workshop 2024
Date Published03/2024
Conference LocationCleveland, OH

Antenna construction and measurement provide an effective method of teaching electromagnetic and antenna concepts, including polarization, gain, directivity, and reflection. During the Spring 2024 semester, the University of Scranton EE 448 Electromagnetics II class is undertaking a project to build a table-top antenna range at 2450 MHz (λ = 12 cm). The table top range will give hands-on visual and intuitive reinforcement of abstract concepts covered mathematically in the course textbook. This frequency was chosen due to the convenient size of antennas and the fact that the antennas will be usable in the 2.4 GHz Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) and amateur bands. ISM band applications include WiFi, Bluetooth, RFID, NFC, and more. In this presentation and poster, we demonstrate three types of antennas the class has built so far: dipoles, dipoles with corner reflectors, and loops over ground planes. We also demonstrate the use of a NanoVNA to measure antenna properties, as well as show ideas for future projects.

Refereed DesignationNon-Refereed
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