Is there a field guide for antenna spotting?
April 4, 2012 10:58 AM Subscribe
What can I identify about antennas based on their shape, location, etc? And is there a layman's explanation for why they are shaped the way they are?
posted by RobotHero to technology (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Recently I've been looking at the antennas that adorn the rooftops in my city and am wondering about them.
I would presume that different shapes of antennas are optimized for different frequencies, so I should be able to look and see, "Oh, that one is a vertical folded dipole, so it's best at ___ frequencies which are used for ___ purpose." Where could I learn what I need to know to do this?
I've been skimming through the Practical Antenna Handbook, which is improving my underlying vocabulary, but it doesn't identify many of the types of antennas that I see.
And I've found a couple
example shapes named online
but it's sporadic.
So, is there anywhere I can find an exhaustive list of antenna shapes and what they are used for, or anything else that could help me research this? What are the most important features to classify an antenna?