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Introduction to Antennas and RF Propagation Analysis

Introduction to Antennas and RF Propagation Analysis

By (author): Dean James Friesen
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781630819286
Coming Soon: Available 12/31/2021
List Price: $155.00

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This practical resource covers the basics of electromagnetics, wave propagation, and antennas for radiated RF projects. General, high-level scenarios of one-way, two-antenna RF transmission-reception (also known as the Friis Equation) systems are illustrated. Characteristics of electromagnetic waves, free space loss, multipath loss, and Fresnel zone loss are presented. Antenna groupings, including isotropic point source, wire, aperture, and slot and array are explained. Antenna measurements are also presented, including squared wavelengths, λ2, this electrical sizing resulting in low, medium, and high directivity (gain) antennas. antenna parameters are discussed, as well as mathematical analysis of the selected antennas and parameters, including electric and magnetic field intensity, power density, input impedance, total radiated power, directivity (and gain), efficiency, effective area, and effective height.


Receiver noise and received noise that addresses various receiver-internal in-band noise and external noise that can be captured by antennas and sent to receiver-internal RF circuitry are examined. Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), which discusses the necessity of establishing an appropriate SNR for the RF receiver and received RF signal application whether voice or digital, is presented. Written by an expert in the field with years of practical experience, this book will help readers understand the technical field of antennas and radiated RF wave propagation.

Section I – RF/EM Wave Propagation Fundamentals: Introduction; Characteristics of Electromagnetic Waves; One-Way RF Propagation: The Friis Equation and Free Space Loss; Section II: Additional RF Signal Losses and Causes; Multipath Loss; Fresnel Zone Loss; Antenna Feedline Losses and Antenna Polarization Loss; Other Radiated RF Losses to Consider; Section III – Antennas: Antenna Groupings and Antenna Parameters; Isotropic (Point Source) Antenna; Wire Antennas; Aperture Antennas; Slot Antennas; Horn Antennas; Array Antennas; Reflector Antennas; Yagi-Uda Antennas; Broadband Antennas; Noise and SNR; Receiver Noise, Received Noise, and Signal-to-Noise Ratio; Conclusion.
  • Dean James Friesen

    is a retired engineer with 30 years of practical experience. He received his B.S. in Engineering Technology from Kansas State University.

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