Q-Track CTO, Dr. Hans G. Schantz is presenting a paper on “A simple procedure for measuring gain of very electrically small antennas” at the 2014 Loughborough Antenna and Propagation Conference.
Gain measurements of very electrically small antennas (VESAs) present special challenges. These antennas radiate with poor efficiency, and great care is needed to make a suitable gain measurement using radiative techniques. This paper presents a novel gain measurement technique based upon the observation that the gain of well-matched VESAs is proportional to electrical volume and antenna quality factor (Q) for antennas of similar shape factor. Thus, antenna gain may be determined by a measurement of antenna quality factor and antenna size. This paper presents three distinct derivations for the antenna gain relation. Finally this paper validates the theoretical prediction using a NEC model and demonstrates that a “Brooks Coil” with a diameter three times the length yields optimal results.
Efficient, electrically-small antennas optimize performance of Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER), Q-Track’s innovative low-frequency, long-wavelength approach to solve the challenging problem of precise, indoor location.
Here is a video of Dr. Schantz’s presentation:
His full paper, “A simple procedure for measuring gain of very electrically small antennas,” is available through ResearchGate.