ECET 380 Week 3 iLab Antenna Design

ECET 380 Week 3 iLab Antenna Design

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Antenna Design

Key Conclusions (technical):

Key Conclusions (critical thinking):


  1. Introduction to the most commonly used antenna types and significant design parameters


  1. Design an antenna suitable for a 2G, 3G or 4G wireless application deployment.






In this lab exercise you will design an antenna suitable for a 2G, 3G or 4G wireless application deployment. Such applications include 3G cellular (e.g. CDMA2000 evolutions), IEEE 802.11x, IEEE 802.16 and Bluetooth. The antenna should be deployable at a cellular base station, cellular mobile unit, Bluetooth unit, a wireless LAN access point or portable unit.  IEEE 802.16 base station or portable device applications can also be implemented.





A.        Resources

Well known classical antenna design procedures for various antenna types are available from Internet resources and texts such as The ARRL Antenna Book.  Consult these resources as you proceed with your design as this will not only expedite the process but assure that your chosen design parameters meet with FCC specifications.


Refer to the FCC Part 15 documentation and other applicable documents to make sure your design parameters meet the FCC stipulated limits.

The parameters of primary interest include: Operating Frequency, Directivity, Radiation Pattern, and Gain.  For any application for which you choose to design, investigate the parameters as stipulated by the FCC.  You must include these applicable parameters in your report.


B.        Antenna Choice


Work with your instructor to choose an antenna to design so that the class develops a variety of solutions.  Your report must support your choice of antenna, that is, you must give the reasons why a particular antenna type was chosen.

For example, for a cell phone, the antenna dimension, aesthetic beauty, and omni-directivity may be the most important factors influencing your design choice.   However, for an antenna to be deployed at a cellular base station, features such as directivity, wide operating bandwidth and capability to radiate signals of relatively high power may be the primary factors around which your design is centered.  As you can see, you need to consider technical aspects along with practicality when designing your antenna.  The following table should help in understanding your choice.

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