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VHF/UHF broadband antenna apertures

VHF/UHF broadband antenna apertures

VHF/UHF broadband antenna apertures

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Hi, I'm looking to design a planar broadband antenna that covers as much of the VHF/UHF spectrum (around 100-2000MHz) as possible.  Which types of apertures provide the greatest bandwidth capabilities?  Thanks!

RE: VHF/UHF broadband antenna apertures

Apertures without a ground plane behind them give you the most bandwidth. A 3 dimensional bicone antenna can do that easily. It will have to be 30" tall though.
I made a 1-40 ghz bicone with -5 dB worst case rtn loss that was 3" tall and 5" diameter. Scaling that x10, although the diameter doesn't need to be 5x10 inches.

A printed option is the flattened equivalent to the bicone. One with a ground plane is shown in IEEE AP magazine, April 2003, page 901 shows a 0.8 to 10.5 Ghz notch (3:1 VSWR) on a ground plane antenna.

A standard LTSA/Vivaldi/Notch antenna can do it too, so if you need omni coverage (for vertical polarization) use a flat bicone shape, and if you want higher gain at the high frequency, use the Notch antenna.

What is the application?

kch

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