Return Loss of Bi-Conical Antennas By Mohammed A. Quddus
A method for improving return loss of a bi-conical antenna has been
investigated using FEKO simulation. Simulated results for the conventional
and modified bi-conical antennas are plotted as: (1) Return Loss vs.
Frequency, and (2) Directivity vs. Theta. A 3.5dB improvement in return
loss for the band, (0.5 - 2.0) GHz, is predicted for the modified bi-conical
antenna over the conventional bi-conical antenna. A comparison of simulated
results for the two cases indicates a small reduction in directivity due to
the modification, by 0.01dB at the low end and 0.75dB at the high end of the
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