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014-Introduction to Antennas

By: John S. Seybold, PhD., PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

This is a Spotlight Course of the Week (Expires: 1/25/2019)
014-Introduction to Antennas

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.

014-Introduction to Antennas
Roman Korchak
01/07/2019
I found the course very informative and the quiz questions relatively challenging. Will use the document for future reference.
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Ron Ploof
12/31/2018
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too much math for purpose of coarse. Should of had more questions on second half of text dealing with actual antennas and their applications and characteristics
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Don Edwards
12/14/2018
Very good. Covered areas I hadn't been into before and was very clear. Enjoyed this course more than most others.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Charles Townsend
11/28/2018
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Test question 16 has conflicting info, 4 Mhz corresponds to 75 meters, not 7 meters.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
John T Cover
11/27/2018
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Very good overview. PDH hours fit the education requirements. Sufficient challenge without being a problem.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
William P Wheless Jr
11/07/2018
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An excellent topic to have among your course offerings. Read the Course Document carefully and it was well done. I was quite satisfied with the content and can highly recommend the course. Antennas everywhere and on everything nowadays!
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Paul Dorvel
10/09/2018
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A very good overview of a broad subject that affects us all in multiple ways, everyday.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Lionel Bryson
10/04/2018
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Very good course. Covered much in a very short write-up. Very thorough.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Martin Fletcher
04/26/2018
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A very good course. There could have been a little more emphasis up front on the practice of using 10*log(g) to convert gains and losses to dB. That formula was used more in the tests than I expected.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Alan Fox
03/24/2018
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Interesting but tough course. Hard to follow a lot of this material. Reminds one of a college class. Did learn a bit about antennas.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
JAVIER TUCHMAN
03/22/2018
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Really hard to answer most of questions. So many calculations and wording different on test sentences against the text. For some one not so related with this subject is difficult. It is not an introduction, is like a semester final examination.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Paul
04/19/2017
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I've never had a course on antennas and found this to be challenging and informative. It was worth the effort.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
12/19/2016
Verified Buyer
Good course. Challenging but well written. Test questions actually require some math.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Bill Stormant
12/09/2016
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Excellent but challenging course!
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Jim Bullock
11/23/2016
Some of the questions were more physics/electronics based, and not applicable to a civil engineer looking more at construction, operations and maintenance of antennas. Would have liked more discussion on installation considerations, wind loading, lightning protection, etc. Would also be good to have some discussion of the proper operations and maintenance of various antennas. This seemed more design oriented and not related to the more practical conditions in the field.
It is not a civil engineering course. We list it under electrical/electronics only.
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014-Introduction to Antennas
Tom Card
11/12/2016
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Curiosity pushed me to take the antenna course. My background is in civil / structural engineering but I used to have an interest in electrical matters. I managed to pass the course. some of the number crunching was challenging until I reassociated myself with the use of logs in math. I'd have to work at a bench for awhile for all the terms conveyed made make a meaningful impression. .
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Introduction to Antennas
LARRY JONES
05/27/2016
Verified Buyer
Very good course. Completion time took approximately 4 hours, as expected. Course contained a good review of basic calculations required for implementation of RF antenna systems in the field. Good, practical information was provided. All information required for answering test questions was provided in the text document. I would recommend this course to others with some experience in working, specifying antenna systems.
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Antenna Mismatch
Engineer for Greenville
12/30/2015
The math and terminology of this course do not line up with a title of "Introduction to Antennas." Never learned much from tricky questions. Suggest the author read and use the ARRL books for references.
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Good antenna course
anonymous
04/25/2015
I found this to be a somewhat more difficult course than other SunCam courses since some of the questions required me to go to other technical reference books to fully understand the questions being asked. I would rate this a 4.5 as is and with just a bit more technical material added to the course, or a modification to the exam questions, I would then rate it a 5.
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William R Curlee
07/02/2014
Excellent and very THOROUGH review course!
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Very good review of antennas.
Don Edwards
12/28/2013
This was an excellent review. The course was not afraid to get a little mathematical. Some of the question require some close reading - I missed two that I shouldn't have.
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Good technical review
Robert L Lindaberry
09/03/2013
This course was more than a Good technical review. well done.

Comment: The final exam Question 17 answer is found on page 23 not page 21.

This question was confusing, so I wanted to be sure and checked it. I agree with the answer now.

Author's Response: You are correct and I have made the change. Thanks for the help.
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anonymous
07/03/2013
Some review, some new terms learned.

Last section of material somewhat confusing on polarization loss factor making questions 19 and 20 on the test a bit challenging.
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Charles Warshaw
07/03/2013
The material does not adequately prepare the student for the test. The material is very difficult to absorb and understand especially since the course is listed as an introduction to antennas. There are too many questions dealing with mathematical formulas.
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anonymous
07/01/2013
The course covered a lot of the subject, but remained concise and actually enjoyable. Even with lots of background in this area, I found it valuable.

I think someone with no electronics or communications background might have some difficulty, but only because of the necessary brevity.

I would certainly recommend it. This was my first SunCam course and I was very pleased with the entire experience.
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Frederick Martin
12/27/2012
The course was generally well thought out and informative. I have a little background in antennas and could follow along pretty well. For someone with no background, it would have been difficult. I think some additional drawings and illustrations would be helpful.

One particular point that needs more elaboration is on the concept of window functions. How is this done on a physical level? An example and photograph of a structure would be nice.
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One Step More than an Introduction
Charles J Gervasi
12/22/2012
This course will be hard to follow if you have _never_ worked with antennas.

If you have, it will still be a good review, and you'll learn a few new things. For example, I learned there are formulas to quantify loss due to polarization mismatch. If you've worked with such things on a regular basis and have an intuitive sense of them, this course will be pretty easy. You will breeze through many (but not all) of the test questions on intuition and quick calculations.

If you only vaguely remember the formula to convert power ratios to dB, this class will be challenging.

If you know the very basics and want to learn more, this course would be a good choice.
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Antenna Course
anonymous
06/26/2011
I learned several new antenna concepts. Good course.
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Paul R. Bell
02/06/2011
excellent material coverage, just the right level of complexity.
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This is not an introduction
Ken S
02/04/2011
I was hoping to gain a better understanding of antennas and this was dissapointing and not clearly written. It appears the author cut and pasted parts of his textbook it didn't flow well. A LOT more diagrams & pictures are needed. The author did not show on the diagrams where he obtained his answers. The "introduction" doesn't really start until pg 15 of 35. I gave him 1 additional star because it was challenging, but this is too disconnedted for a PDH level course.
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RKR
01/05/2011
Fairly comprehensive for an intro course, deeper coverage and more useful than the buzz word review expected. I will try and get his book.
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anonymous
11/09/2010
Excellent introduction to antenna theory
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Excellent!
Steve Chadwick
05/18/2010
Lots of meat in this course - excellent value! I thought my antenna knowledge was good, but I learned a lot. I'm definitely going to check out his textbook!
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anonymous
12/11/2009
This is a very thorough review of antenna theory for engineers with limited experience. Lots of information applicable to the real world.
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norm foster
06/27/2009
Excellent rendition.
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05/15/2009
The course materials are very well written and organized.
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artpeters1
10/21/2008
The course is a good review of fundamentals for the experienced and an interesting read for the uninitiated. It will consume at least four hours.
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Price: $29.95
Special Price Expires: 1/25/2019
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Course Code: 100179-01
Course PDH Hours: 4
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