John S. Seybold, PhD., PE
014-Introduction to Antennas
Course Objectives: This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.
This short course is based on the antenna information in the author's textbook, "Introduction to RF Propagation". It provides a solid treatment of antennas with minimal use of advanced mathematics. Topics include basic antenna types, analysis of gain, beamwidth, polarization and a discussion of antenna radiation regions. The concepts of reflection coefficient, VSWR and axial ratio are explained and both curves and equations are provided for determining matching loss as a function of VSWR and polarization loss as a function of axial ratios.