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Author Topic: "Flatenna" - worth exploring?  (Read 2279 times)
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« on: October 20, 2004, 04:50:35 PM »

Saw an announcement in the October 2004 "Government Technology" mag about the (new?) foil-covered, cardboard parabolic antenna designed for WiFi applications.  Try a Google search of "Flatenna" and see what you think.  Could have some applications in higher UHF realms?

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Frank, KH6TX/7
Tucson AZ
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KB1LKR
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2004, 08:53:15 PM »

Looks like they are just adding a planer parabolic reflector behind an existing vertical antenna element, nothing profound, just a simplification of a parabolic dish. Still, for indoor use, it is a neat idea. For outdoor antennas, you would want more durable materials, but no reason it would not work where only modest gain was needed. Not sure how it would compare w/ a straight reflector (i.e. a 2 element yagi).

Another interesting antenna for for WiFi are the Pringles can antennas.    
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