The Short-Backfire Antenna as an Element for High-Gain Arrays
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The short backfire SBF antenna consisting of a large reflector illuminated by a dipole feed and smaller disk reflector produces a gain of 15 dB above isotropic. As an array element it has been efficiently adapted for various configurations of high-gain antennas producing gains of up to 25 dB, with a single SBF element capable of replacing four to six elements of a conventional multidipole array. Farfield patterns and directivity measurements are presented for a single element and for a twin element mounted on a common reflector. Optimized dimensions for both cases are discussed for possible application to more complex types of antennas.
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