Open-Source Antenna Pattern Validation using FEKO

Authors

  • Christian W. Hearn Deparment of Electrical and Computer Engineering Weber State University Ogden, UT - USA

Keywords:

Antenna measurements, antenna radiation patterns, microcontrollers, software-defined radios

Abstract

An open-source antenna pattern measurement system comprised of software-defined radios (SDRs), standard PVC tubing, and 3-D printer components measures the radiation patterns of student-built prototype antennas. Position control is realized using an Arduino microcontroller. Measured principal plane gain patterns for two antenna prototypes are compared to (FEKO) simulated results. The low-cost, open-source nature of the measurement system is ideal for undergraduate-level investigation of antenna theory and measurement.

References

V. Picco and K. Martin, “An automated antenna measurement system utilizing Wi-Fi hardware,” IEEE A&P Magazine, vol. 53, pp 179-183, Dec. 2011.

W. L. Stutzman and G. A. Thiele, Antenna Theory and Design. 2nd ed., Wiley & Sons, 1998.

C. A. Balanis, Antenna Theory-Analysis and Design. 2nd ed., Wiley & Sons, 1997.

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Published

2020-11-07

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