LF: Efficient antennas
Fri, 28 May 1999 16:40:19 -0400
Edmund Laport was Chief Engineer of RCA International when he published his
542-page book "Radio Antenna Engineering", McGraw Hill 1952.
Allow me to quote from page 14 of that wonderful book:
"Low-frequency-antenna engineering is an active modern subject, and one where
the sources of information are few, and the problems difficult.
The author has been impressed by this lack of specific information on
low-frequency antennas, even after so many years of engineering effort devoted
to them, as well as enormous sums of money. The reason evidently is that the
compromises that have to be made in design are so extreme that the designer has
no particular pride in the result and says as little as possible about it in his
technical reports to the profession.
Almost all papers in technical journals about low-frequency antennas are
strictly descriptive and lack the detailed discussions of how the designs were
conceived and developed, that one misses so much when searching for engineering
guidance. This chapter will provide some useful information and explain
something about the nature of the compromises that one must make in practice.
Large low-frequency antenna systems involve large capital outlays, and one may
pay dearly for ignorance of the practical importance of the several controlling
design factors and the compromises the designer finally accepts."
How aptly put :-)