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Introduction to Antenna Basics

Introduction to some of the fundamentals of radio frequency engineering required for basic antenna design.

Instructors Karen RuckerKaren Rucker
Thursday, May 6, 2021 06:30 pm EDT - Thursday, June 3, 2021 06:30 pm EDT Local time zone:
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Course Start Date: May 6th, 2021 - Tickets

Classes are Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm EDT


Course Overview:

This course is a basic introduction to common types of antenna design and some of the fundamentals of radio frequency engineering it requires. It is designed to reflect first-year lessons a professional antenna design engineer might learn on the job.

Prerequisites: Some basic electrical engineering knowledge in electromagnetic fields and circuits would be helpful, though not required.

Software/ hardware: None

Certificate: HackadayU is proud to offer a Certificate of Completion for this course. Students will complete a series of quizzes to receive a badge.

About the instructor: Karen Rucker is a spacecraft radio frequency engineer with a background in antenna design. She has a B.S. in electrical engineering, focused in microwave and antenna design. She holds an amateur extra radio class license and has given numerous talks on amateur radio topics, such as 3D printing antennas.

  • Week 1

    Karen Rucker03/29/2021 at 14:31 0 comments

    Introduction to radio frequency engineering for antennas. Topics covered will be, but are not limited to: electromagnetic waves, impedance matching, polarization, gain, and frequency bands.

  • Week 2

    Karen Rucker03/29/2021 at 14:32 0 comments

    Introduction to antenna testing. Topics covered will be, but are not limited to: the far field, VSWR, network analyzers, and s-parameters.

  • Week 3

    Karen Rucker03/29/2021 at 14:32 0 comments

    Introduction to wire antenna design. Topics covered will be, but are not limited to: dipoles, helixes, and yagis.

  • Week 4

    Karen Rucker03/29/2021 at 14:33 0 comments

    Introduction to planar antenna design. Topics covered will be, but are not limited to: slots, patches, and vivaldis.

  • Week 5

    Karen Rucker03/29/2021 at 14:33 0 comments

    Introduction to microwave antenna design. Topics covered will be, but are not limited to: horns, reflectors, waveguides and microwave frequencies.

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Eugene wrote 5 days ago point

in general, for a start, practical things are more interesting - the easiest antennas to manufacture - for example, a wooden frame and wire, and then more complicated

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