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Fascinating Antennas, Part 1
December 7, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
In Part 1 of our two part series on antennas, we will focus on “Electrically or Mechanically Commutated Arrays”.
We see antennas everywhere. Every car radio, every police radio, many televisions and every smartphone has antennas. These antennas all provide a specific service – to insert information into the environment and extract it some distance away. Antennas provide the pure realization of Action at a Distance.
However, some systems used for air traffic control and navigation, combat control, and even communication with satellites and the stars (radio astronomy) put incredible requirements on their antennas. Such antennas are mind-bogglingly complicated to the uneducated, but they can be conceptually broken down into bite-size-chunks to tell a fascinating story.
Here we will discuss several such systems such as keeping airliners safe, assisting civil and military aircraft to land all-weather, protecting military assets from kinetic attack, and the staggering requirements inherent in communicating with orbiting platforms and even travelling through the galaxy (two have left the solar system)
Speaker(s): Ed Gellender
7:00 PM Networking
7:30 PM Presentation