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Basic Antenna Question

Basic Antenna Question

Basic Antenna Question

I am not really familiar with antennas but I was wondering if someone could run me through the dBi system... More specifically does a higher dBi value make a better antenaa or a lower one?  Thanks

RE: Basic Antenna Question

Additionally, you should understand that a higher gain antenna (larger dBi figure) means the antenna is more directional. If that is what you want it is better.

If you want to receive from all directions you want a lower gain antenna!

RE: Basic Antenna Question

Antennas are like those small flashlights with the zoom capability. High gain is small bright spot, low gain is wide spot. They use the same battery so only the focusing is changing.

from one point to another high gain is good, more signal gets to the other end. Cell phones have low gain and transmit everywhere because you don't know where the cell towers are located.

Lots of good reading material out there. Just Google antennas.


RE: Basic Antenna Question


DBi alludes to a radiator which illuminates equally in all directions. Equal apeture...
The 'i' stands for Isotropic, the closest demonstration being a lightbulb but even the base keeps it from being a perfect ISOTROPIC radiator...
A simple dipole has some gain over a isotropic because it is somewhat directional...
The isotropic number is higher than a dipole so 'looks' like a better antenna...
It's all relative to whichever system you keep your numbers in...

73s from DaveAA1A

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