Widebanding Techniques for VHF Antennas - II
Technical rept. 10 Jan 1992-30 Mar 1993
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
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For a variety of mechanical and electrical reasons, the U.S. Army prefers to use a wire antenna for its mobile applications in the HF and VHF bands. However, due to the rapid fluctuation of impedance with frequency, a simple wire antenna is not suitable. This research will look into the aspects of electronic switching of the antenna length and electronic switching of the accompanying tuning network for frequency hopping applications. Two separate schemes will be studied. The first one involves a chosen wire antenna loaded with PIN diodes. The diodes will be selectively switched ON or OFF at different frequencies to control the input impedance of the antenna. In the second scheme, a monopole antenna of fixed length will be considered and data on its input impedance over many sub-bands within 30 to 90 MHz will be generated. Tuning networks composed of resistors, inductors and capacitors will be designed over each sub-band. The various networks will then be connected via PIN diodes and selectively switched to provide matching over a much wider band.
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