I have spoken in several recent articles about antennas that exhibit a simple series resonance with constant or near constant R near resonance.

Sometimes the impedance transformation used may hide that simplicity.

Above is the VSWR plot from measurement of a real 4MHz loop antenna (A QRP small transmitting loop evaluation) that uses a smaller feed loop to achieve transformation of the main loop’s quite low impedance to 50Ω. The VSWR curve has the classic shape discussed at VSWR curve of a simple series resonant antenna for antennas were R is constant or nearly constant near resonance.

Above is the same information presented at R,X, and whilst R=50 at resonance (it MUST since VSWR=1 on the previous chart), R is certainly not constant.

But the classic VSWR curve hints that the underlying resonator characteristic exists.

Lets look at a Smith chart presentation.

Now this looks promising, we have an arc of radius similar to that of the R=50 circle, centred on Z=50+j0, but rotated in the generator direction about 90°. Lets recalculate the impedance looking into about that length of transmission line.

Above, impedance adjusted to look into 85° of lossless 50Ω transmission line, all measurements fall very near to the R=50 circle.

Above, the same data (looking to 85° of lossless 50Ω transmission line) plotted as R,X. R is approximately constant, and X increases fairly linearly across the scan.

This characteristic fits the requirement for application of the techniques discussed at VSWR curve of a simple series resonant antenna, and Calculate small transmitting loop gain from bandwidth measurement will produce valid results.

Last update: 11th November, 2015, 4:56 PM

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