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Antenna that works from 700MHz and up

Antenna that works from 700MHz and up

Antenna that works from 700MHz and up

(OP)
Hi,

First post here :)

I am working on and looking for information on sub 1GHz RF systems. This is an completely new field to me and have many questions. Most answers I have been able to find through Google but the following still eludes me.

Is it possible to design an antenna that will have good performance on different channels in frequencies from 700MHz to 1GHz? The channels will typically be 5MHz wide.

It is a Zigbee based project and I have to decide between using 2.4GHz and sub 1GHz. Sub 1GHz will have longer range with the same amount of power than 2.4GHz. This is significant as the product will be running off small batteries. The range I need will be max 100m.

Hope you can advise me.

RE: Antenna that works from 700MHz and up

For 802.15.4 the range difference will not be substantially different between 2.4GHz (used worldwide) and the 902-928 MHz band (North America) or the 868 band (most of the rest of the world).

The actual propagation difference is on the order of 1 to 2%, which for your applicatoin means 1 to 2 meters out of 100 meters - really insigificant given the other variables.

At 2.4 GHz, your antenna will be much smaller for a given gain, which means you can use a larger antenna over 868/900 MHz and get better azimuth gain where it usually matters.

2.4GHz 802.15.4 has a much better selection of available chips which also means there are more components (filters, rf amps, baluns antennas, kits, applications, etc) available.

2.4GHz is more crowded with 802.11 and other wiresless applications, but generally 802.15.4/zigbee applications are not immediately co-located with these other devices. Regardless, the digital modulation techniques reduce the interference issues, and a lot of the app layer software checks for usuable channels.

RE: Antenna that works from 700MHz and up

(OP)
Thanks,

Could you maybe explain why the propagation would basically be the same when using 802.15.4?

RE: Antenna that works from 700MHz and up

It's a very simple design.
Make a monocone. One cone with 45 degree angle, height of 4". Connect it to the center conductor of any connector or cable.
Here's a link of a monocone with a ground plane. Change the 22mm length to 4 inches and skip the ground plane, or add a ground plane if you want antenna patterns that tilt upward.
http://www.ensta-paristech.fr/~roblin/papers/Paper1049.pdf

Notch/vivaldi antenna is equally viable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivaldi-antenna  

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