Polarization of Antennas can make a difference
Did you ever wonder why sometimes you'll see antennas mounted vertically and others mounted horizontally?
What You Will Learn in This Week's Podcast:
Do you struggle to understand why antenna designs differ?
In this episode, I explain antenna polarization and how the design impacts it.
- Your antenna needs to be within the same polarity in order to receive what you’re trying to receive.
- A vertically polarized antenna will pick up vertically polarized signals better than horizontal.
- Radio waves are oscillating sine waves, and the frequency at which they oscillate is measured in a hertz.
- Vertically polarized antennas are perpendicular to the earth’s horizon
- Horizontally polarized antennas are parallel to the earth’s horizon.
- Satellites are not in a fixed position, so we’ve needed to develop circular polarization to communicate with satellites when their polarization is constantly changing.
- Vertically polarized antennas are the most common in general, and horizontally polarized antennas are common in the scanner radio hobby world.
- A common example of vertical antennas is on cars.
- Cell phones are the most common example of a need for cross-pole antennas.
- Circular antennas are good for eliminating multi-path distortions.
- A GPS and some drones use circular polarization.
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