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Antenna
Modeling
Aids

L. B. Cebik, W4RNL (SK)

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Antenna modeling via method-of-moments and related software has become a major part of antenna design and analysis activity at every level of effort, from amateur radio to professional research and engineering. Although software is widely available, education in the effective use of these computer aids has been lacking. Part of my effort to remedy this difficulty has included a monthly column in antenneX called simply Antenna Modeling which can be accessed from this link or via the main index page of the same link name.

To further assist antenna modelers, I have prepared some other materials which are available from commercial sources. The list of links below will more fully describe each item and provide additional links to places where the items may be obtained.

Antenna Modeling Tutorials

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 antenneX

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 antenneX

Basic Antenna Modeling: Exercise Models in EZNEC Format

Some modelers may wish to use Basic Antenna Modeling with EZNEC software, which uses a proprietary format for model files. Therefore, I have prepared a disk of the exercise files in the .EZ format. The disk contains all 150+ exercises, with variants used in the exercises, for a total of over 350 model files. The disk may also be used as a sampling of some of the many types of MF to UHF antennas that one may model with NEC-2. The title link provides fuller information on the disk, including a link to the source of purchase and a partial list of the models included.

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Models for Antenna Modelers in .EZ and .NEC Formats: 2nd Edition

There has been a need for exemplary models for newer antenna modelers to use to gain experience. As well, experienced modelers have no wish to reinvent models already in existence. To serve both groups, I have gleaned--from my accumulation of over 4000 models--sets of models that may serve as a foundation for modelers to build upon. Each set in the second edition consists of over 100 models focused around a central antenna category. The available sets (which contain the same models in both .EZ and .NEC formats) are these:

The title link provides fuller information on the content of each set and how to obtain them.

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