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### Detectability of interstellar messages

Recently a debate started whether it is a good idea to send more messages into space in the hope of having alien civilizations receive them. There are some predecessors, most notably the 1974 Arecibo ...
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### Phased non linear array antenna - First Sidelobe

I have a problem I cannot seem to solve and I REALLY need some help. It's about phased-array antennas whose dipoles are not equally spaced, not equally phased, not equally fed (amplitude). Let's ...
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### How is it that 62" is the best length for 72Mhz receiver?

According the this article (which was published somewhere in 2005-2008 I think, but it's still comes up first in Google) the best length for a 72Mhz receiver antenna is 62" (~157.5cm). This puzzles me ...
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### How do radio waves reach receivers without being canceled out by interference?

When I think of waves traveling through a medium, I tend to think of the double slit experiment or waves in a pond. In those cases, waves are canceled out by destructive or constructive interference. ...
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### Equivalent circuit for an arbitrary receiving antenna

This Wikipedia entry tells me that the Thevenin equivalent circuit for an arbitrary receiving antenna on which an electric field $E_b$ is incident is a voltage source $V_a$ in series with an impedance ...
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### Is the electrical signal delivered to a load by a receiving antenna always $\propto \frac {\partial}{\partial t}$ of the $\vec{E}$ or $\vec{B}$ field?

A time-varying $B(t)$ field through a loop antenna induces a voltage proportional to $\dot{B}(t)$. A Hertzian dipole along a time-varying $E(t)$ field also induces a voltage across a load--while I ...
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### Hertzian dipole in time varying electric field

Suppose we place a Hertzian dipole (short, ends loaded with capacitance) in a time varying electric field $\vec{E}\left(t\right)$, with magniture $E\left(t\right)$ and direction as shown in this ...
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### Very short ($\ell \ll \lambda$) dipole as a receiving antenna

I'm trying to understand how a very short dipole of length $\ell \ll \lambda$ works for receiving radiation. (It is center-fed, and has two thin perfectly conducting arms each of length $\ell/2$ ...
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### Radio antenna producing waves in the visible spectrum [closed]

If a radio could produce waves in the visible light spectrum, what would the result be? This is a thought experiment that I've pondered for a few years now. I realize there are a few/many real-world ...
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### Is there a way to tell what frequency an unmarked antenna is designed for?

I have accumulated a large amount of R/C gear over the years. I have several antennas which are not labelled as to their original use. This antenna is either for 5.8ghz, 2.4ghz, or 910mhz. The ...
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### Astronomical-wavelength radio (AWR) transmissions between cosmic plasmas?

My son asked me if electromagnetic waves longer than radio exist. I told him that even though physics permits such waves, there are no antennas long enough to radiate or detect them. However, on ...
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### Radio antennas that are much shorter than the wavelength

From my limited experience with ham radio when I was a kid, I expect transmitting and receiving antennas to have lengths that are on the same order of magnitude as the wavelength, and in fact I recall ...
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### The length of an antenna is twice the amplitude of the wave

I have seen it remarked in some problem sets that if you have an electromagnetic wave traveling in the $x$-direction with it's $y$-coordinate given as $y(x,t)=y_0\sin (\omega t +kx)$ and you want a ...
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Given a RF sender and a receiver, suppose the obstacles between them are fixed, both their material and dielectric properties, does the path loss caused by their shadowing vary? If yes, what causes ...
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### Effective aperture of isotropic antenna

I have always taken for granted that 'the aperture of a loss-less isotropic antenna is $\dfrac {\lambda^2} {4\pi}$'. On a whim, I tried to look up how this expression was derived, but so far I have ...
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### Is the inducing signal weakened to the extent it induces a signal in the receiving antenna?

Silly question ... An antenna is necessary to receive a transmitted signal from atmosphere, or otherwise. The transmitted signal weakens as it travels through the atmosphere. When the signal ...
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### Numb3rs TV series - Antenna

Most of you might have watched the TV series 'Numb3rs'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numb3rs In one of those episodes they were discussing about how to capture the contents on the screen of a ...
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### How do EM waves get detached from an antenna?

How does an electro-magnetic waves get detached from an antenna and spread to the space? While an antenna receives an EM wave, which quantity of the EM wave (electric or magnetic) is used for ...
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### Getting a given wavelength radio signal given an antenna with real-world constraints

Supposing you are given a transmitting antenna of whatever type of metal is most commonly used these days, and supposing that you are applying an AC current with the intent of transmitting a 1 m ...
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### Why is Near Field Communication (NFC) range limited to about 20cm?

Near Field Communication (NFC) operates at 13.56 MHz. Near Field is the region situated at a distance r << λ λ = c/f ...
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### Can mu-metal reduce the negative effect of metal close to low frequency RFID antennas?

I have an 134.2 khz RFID antenna for sport events which is basically a 1x1 meter square sheet of rubber with 3 loops of antenna cable embedded. The problem is that the transponder recognition range is ...
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I'm trying to understand how an antenna is able to understand, but have a few quesions: I understand that for an antenna to distinguish between 2 (or more) signals, they have to be in different ...
Radio signals are being transmitted in a frequency of $8.4 \times 10^9 \text{s}^{-1}$ and being received by an antenna that is capable of receiving power of $4 \times 10^{-21} \text{Watt}$ (\$ 1 \, ...