An Introduction to Antenna Test Ranges, Measurements and Instrumentation

Authors: Jeffrey A. Fordham

By definition, all of today’s wireless communication systems contain one key element, an antenna of some form. This antenna serves as the transducer between the controlled energy residing within the system and the radiated energy existing in free space. In designing wireless systems, engineers must choose an antenna that meets the system’s requirements to firmly close the link between the remote points of the communications system. While the forms that antennas can take on to meet these system requirements for communications systems are nearly limitless, most antennas can be specified by a common set of performance metrics Each of these characteristics are evaluated using a suitable antenna test range.

 

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