Some Antenna Books by
L. B. Cebik, W4RNL (SK)
- Basic Antenna Modeling: A Hands-On Tutorial is a step-by-step course in modeling with NEC-2,
including well over 100 different exercise models with numerous variations. There are many exercises for student
entries, with check-tables to confirm the results. The 350-page volume is available on CDROM from
- Intermediate Antenna Modeling: A Hands-On Tutorial provides over 450 pages of illustrated
text and about 300 exercise models and variants as a means of introducing virtually the entire command sets of
both NEC-2 and NEC-4. The self-study course is designed for use in conjunction with advanced software
packages. The major division are The Geometry Commands; Far-Field and General Control Commands; and Special
Outputs, Control Commands, and Techniques. The volume is available on CDROM from
- Antennas From the Ground Up Volumes 1 and 2: An introduction to antennas and related ideas
(with a special focus on wire antennas) for the newer antenna enthusiast, originally appearing as columns
for Low Down (but now devolved) and heavily supplemented, will soon be
available from antenneX.
- Cubical Quad Notes: Volume 1: A Review of Existing Designs: This first volume reviews many existing designs of both monoband and multi-band quad arrays to assess both the potentials and the limitations of these antennas and their feed systems. Available in paper or .PDF form from antenneX.
- Cubical Quad Notes: Volume 2: Rethinking the Quad Beam: The second volume examines the most fundamental properties that determine quad performance and develops computer design programs for a number of monoband quad beam types, from 1 to 4 elements. Available in paper or .PDF form from antenneX.
- Cubical Quad Notes: Volume 3: Multi-Band Quad Questions: The third volume begins with a detailed analysis of element
interactions in 2-element 2-band quads and expands to triband and larger beams as well, including quads with up to 6 elements covering all 5 upper HF bands. Available CDROM form from antenneX.
- LPDA Notes - Volume 1: Pure LPDAs: Volume 1 looks at the basic properties of pure log periodic dipole arrays, with special emphasis upon the types of antennas usually created by radio amateurs. Available in paper, CDROM or download from antenneX.
- LPDA Notes - Volume 2: Hybrid LPDAs: Volume 2 begins with a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of various traditional and long-boom designs for the log-cell Yagi. Part 3 explores a number of practical LPDAs, including lower HF vs. UHF designs, narrow-band vs. very wide-band designs, and split-band vs. continuous-band designs. Available in paper, CDROM or download from antenneX.
- LPDA Notes - Volume 3: A Potpourri of LPAs: Volume 3 begins with a study of shorted stubs used with LPDAs with a following exploration of the patterns of element currents. Part 2 examines LPDA predecessors, the 2-bat zigzag LPA to determine its capabilities relative to LPDAs. Part 2 examines the potential of extended aperture LPDAs (EALPDAs, while the last section explores the V-element LPDA and the log-spiral LPA. Available on CDROM or download from antenneX.
- Wide-Band Yagi Notes (2 Volumes): Volume 1, Basic Principles, introduces and reviews the fundamentals of wide-band Yagi design, including classic DL6WU features, OWA principles and special properties, and the principles of adapting a given design to different materials. Includes antenna models of all antennas mentioned in the text. Available in CDROM or download form from antenneX.
Volume 2, Practical Antennas, provides a potpourri of practical (that is buildable) OWA and other wide-band Yagi designs on a band-by-band basis from 10 meters to 70 cm, with a special chapter on 40 meters. Includes antenna models of all antennas mentioned in the text. Available in CDROM or download form from antenneX.
- Moxon Rectangle Notes: This one-volume effort collects and organizes information on the Moxon rectangle, beginning with the history and principles of the antenna and moving to practical wire and tubular versions for HF, VHF, and UHF. The book includes a complete set of antenna models mentioned in the text, as well as a Moxon rectangle design program (in several formats) developed by the author. Available in CDROM or download form from antenneX.
- Antenna Modeling - Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4: The long-running series of monthly columns in antenneX as been converted into book form, with 25 columns covered in each of four volumes. Information on sources of modeling programs and program capabilities has been updated. In addition, each volume includes a selection of NEC models in .EZ, .NWP, and .NEC format to permit you to examine the concepts under discussion. Volume 1 (columns 1 - 25), Volume 2 (columns 26-50), Volume 3 (columns 51-75), Volume 4 (columns 76-100),
Volume 5 (columns 101-117), Volume 6 (columns 118-147) and all contain about 3-400 pages each. Available in CDROM or as a download from antenneX.
- Long-Boom Yagi Studies: This large CDROM volume explores many series of long-boom Yagis from 2 to 14 wavelengths, including the classic DL6WU series and others, with a sequence of optimized Yagis in the same range provided by N6BV. The aim is to replace the scattered sampling of specific designs with systematic data from many series of Yagis, element-by-element, to find the data trends. The work covers single units and vertical stacks of 2, spaced either for maximum gain or for the best combination of sidelobe suppression. The volume also includes a 14-wavelength long Yagi with 20-dB sidelobe attenuation for almost the entire 70-cm band. Appendices contain sweep graphs for almost all of the Yagi series, element by element, and 360 EZNEC models used as the basis for data generation. Available in CDROM or download form from
- Planar and Corner Reflector Arrays: Resting on optical rather than parasitic or phased-element principles, planar (flat) and corner reflectors suffer undeserved neglect by a large portion of the amateur community (and others). The planar reflector turns out to have an ideal size based on the size of the driver, which can be simple or complex. Corner reflectors accept fewer driver variations, but are capable of high performance levels, although rod-based and screen-based reflectors have interesting differences. The book includes information of 3-dimensional reflectors as well as on the more standard 2-dimensional corner reflector. Available in CDROM or download form from antenneX.
- Ground-Plane Notes: This volume explores the subject of ground planes, with primary emphasis upon the modeled behavior of buried radial systems. It examines in detail the concepts of soil conductivity and relative permittivity, as well as providing what NEC-4 models report about a large number of questions, including the number of radials, their length and depth, the effects of monopole height above them. the use of insulated wire, the the effects of frequency. As well, the volume answers a number of modeling questions, from how to set up radial system models to the adequacy of substitutes for buried radials, such as the use of near-ground radial NEC-2 models and the use of a MININEC ground system. In addition, the volume treats elevated radial system for the lower HF, upper HF, and VHF/IHF ranges. Available in CDROM or download form from antenneX.
- Long-Wire Notes: Long-wire technology may be ancient, but it still has much to teach about the behavior of directional antennas. This volume covers single (straight) long wires, V arrays, and rhombics in both terminated and unterminated forms. The latter forms are among the first traveling-wave and frequency-independent antennas. Although the book makes constant reference to classical references in the field, it uses modern computer antenna modeling software to refresh the analysis, check older design data, and establish some facts about long-wire antennas that lay outside the boundaries of early calculations. The book also provides details and cautions on modeling certain forms of long-wire antennas, especially multi-wire terminated rhombic designs. Available in CDROM or download form from antenneX.
- Two older volumes (written about 1980) are again available on CDROM in .PDF format. One is Seven Steps to Designing Your Own Ham Equipment, and the other is Setting Up and Using Your Own Ham Shack. Although the specific details have changed over the last two decades of rapid electronic evolution, the general principles involved in both enterprises may still prove useful. The two volumes are available from antenneX: Select 7 Steps or Ham Shack
- A single CDROM with all but the latest volumes is also available from antenneX, a sort of book of books. In addition, my entire web site is placed on CDROM each December as a convenience for those who may have difficulty with access. See archive.
- The ARRL Antenna Modeling Course, with 30 lessons and a large
number of sample models in EZNEC and Standard .NEC format, is available directly from
here as well and was based on the
Hands-On Tutorial books shown at the top of this page.
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