Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

2019 IEEE AP-S Student Design Contest-Team KnowAntenna [Education Corner]

Leitão, L. S. L. ; Neves, M. S. ; Pinto, F. ; Maniezo, G. ; Ferreira, T. ; Matos, J. N. ; Rocha, A.

IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine Vol. 62, Nº 5, pp. 120 - 125, October, 2020.

ISSN (print): 1045-9243
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 0,88 (in 2020)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/MAP.2020.3012895

In this article, an affordable system to demonstrate some antenna parameters is described. It consists of a transmitter (Tx) based on a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO), a receiver (Rx) implemented with radio-frequency (RF) detectors, and a rotary mechanical arrangement based on a stepper motor. A microcontroller (μC) performs the rotation, acquires data, and manages a set of peripherals. The measurements can be observed in real time and sent to a PC. The setup is easy to operate, making it a convenient tool for demonstrations in high schools to attract students to telecommunications.