Multi-channel agile comb generator for antenna radiation pattern measurements
June 27, 2016
IEEE Int. Symp. Antennas and Propagation (APSURSI), 26 June - 1 July 2016.
Antenna radiation patterns are typically measured using network analyzers, which are both expensive and physically large in size. These drawbacks can limit this test equipment's usage in universities that cannot afford to make such a purchase, as well as within applications that require mobile antenna measurements. An alternative approach is to combine a low-cost receiver with a flexible signal source. This paper presents the design of a tunable comb generator prototype that is capable of outputting frequencies up to 4 GHz. The compact nature of this source along with its potential to be dynamically reconfigured yields a device that can be used to measure antenna patterns for many different applications.