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It's all because of the wavelength of light. In most bands the radio telescope is about the size of the wavelength it's observing - so it can only see a single point at once anyway. It would be like having an optical telescope that was a tiny microscopic pinhole - there wouldn't be much point in having a megapixel camera behind it. Radio telescopes that ...

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While I agree with Alfred Centauri's answer, I am not sure it gives a direct answer to your specific question for the following reason. If there is a receiving antenna somewhere, there is always some reflection, however minute. If the antenna is connected to a circuit, the conditions of reflection will change, and the transmitter can "notice" that. In ...

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As an intermediate step, consider a sinusoidal source driving an infinite transmission line with some characteristic impedance $Z_0 = 50\Omega$. The source "sees" a real impedance of $50\Omega$ and so, power is delivered to the line and, since the TL is infinitely long, the power is transported down the line, via an electromagnetic wave, without reflection. ...

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I like thought experiments ! No need to replace those expensive melted bits !! And that is relevant to this experiment. We will wind up the RF output of the transmitter until the aerial itself is glowing a nice cherry red . Still intact (just !) as a functional aerial but emitting light (you can see its red). So assuming we have still got a good SWR and all ...

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