Microwave Antenna Calculator Instructions
Q-par Angus Microwave Antenna Design Calculator
The antenna calculator is a simple but very useful piece of software available to install under Windows 9x / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista and 7 and even Linux (successfully running under WINE).
The download link is shown below.
The image to the right shows the calculator in use.
The upper section relates antenna diameter and frequency to gain and beamwidth. Using the scroller, set the beamwidth against the 3 dB or 10 dB marker, and read off the corresponding frequency and diameter; or set the frequency against the diameter and read off the beamwidth.
The gain can also be read off; most antennas have efficiencies of 50 to 60 %. Note the antenna diameter is taken to be diameter of the aperture of the antenna.
The lower nomogram relates far field range (the distance at which the antenna pattern is properly formed) to the frequency and antenna diameter. Set the range against the marker and read off frequency and diameter, or set frequency against diameter and read off the far field range.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.