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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 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.

Final Quiz Link

The final quiz is 10 questions, and a Certificate of Completion will be given to everyone who successfully completes this quiz by June 30th.

Week 5_ Microwave Antenna Design.pdf

Slides from Week 5 of class

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Week 4_ Planar Antenna Design.pdf

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Week 3_ Wire Antenna Design.pdf

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Week 2_ Intro to Antenna Testing.pdf

Slides from Week 2 of class, with additional info about scattering nomenclature (slide 8) and clearer return loss ratio (slide 9)

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  • 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.

    Class 1 Video:

  • Week 2

    Karen Rucker03/29/2021 at 14:32 2 comments

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

    Class 2 Video:

  • Week 3

    Karen Rucker03/29/2021 at 14:32 2 comments

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

    Class 3 Video: 

  • Week 4

    Karen Rucker03/29/2021 at 14:33 2 comments

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

    Class 4 Video: 

  • 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.

    Class 5 Video: 

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Joe Freeman wrote 05/07/2021 at 16:56 point

My apologies for missing the first class last night. I had some unexpected travel come up and didn't get back until late. I'm currently watching the video to catch up.

Just as an introduction,  I've been involved in network engineering for about 25 years now. Prior to that, I worked on the bench as a Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment Tech in the military and on a couple of different defence contracts after I got out. I focused primarily on micro and millimeter wave test equipment - signal generators, network analyzers,  spectrum analyzers, power meters, etc. I've also had my ham ticket for 26 years now.

Currently, I'm researching and developing a plan to build an amateur earth station capable of RX signals from the various operations on and around Mars. My last RF project was a somewhat smaller and less ambitious station that rx's and decodes images from the GOES-16 satellite.

I look forward to the rest of class and learning more about antenna design!

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Karen Rucker wrote 05/11/2021 at 21:15 point

That's great Joe - you'll be able to pick out everything I say wrong in the next class, which covers testing! :-)

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Karen Rucker wrote 05/05/2021 at 18:39 point

Hi all! Just a reminder that classes start tomorrow, will all be recorded and available later, and will be via Zoom webinar due to the size of the class. The FAQ here is also super helpful: https://hackaday.io/course/173597-hackadayu-faq

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