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On the Cover: Antenna Testing Methods
March 1954 Radio-Electronics

March 1954 Radio-Electronics

March 1954 Radio-Electronics Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Electronics, published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Lecher Line (wikipedia.org) - RF CafeOften, the photo on the covers of magazines is related to a feature article within, but in the case of the March 1954 Radio-Electronics, only a couple paragraphs are devoted to it. Although more commonplace back in the day, mention of a Lecher wire for measuring VSWR values of the antenna under test caused me to look it up. The Wikipedia entry says, "Lecher line or Lecher wires is a pair of parallel wires or rods that were used to measure the wavelength of radio waves, mainly at VHF, UHF and microwave frequencies. They form a short length of balanced transmission line (a resonant stub). When attached to a source of radio-frequency power such as a radio transmitter, the radio waves form standing waves along their length. By sliding a conductive bar that bridges the two wires along their length, the length of the waves can be physically measured. Austrian physicist Ernst Lecher, improving on techniques used by Oliver Lodge and Heinrich Hertz, developed this method of measuring wavelength around 1888." Interesting, non?

On the Cover: Antenna Testing Methods

On the Cover: Antenna Testing Methods, March 1954 Radio-Electronics - RF CafeWith the scenic Catskill mountains as a background, engineer Julius Green of Channel Master, Ellenville, N. Y., is seen testing the Ultra-Bow antenna.

The experiment in process consists of measuring the characteristic impedance of the antenna. The girl, Barbara Watson, is recording standing-wave ratios as measured on a Lecher wire and is taking signal generator and voltmeter readings.

The large wooden mast behind them is used for field testing. The tower mounted on the mast can be pivoted in a vertical plane. The tower and mast represent the receiving section of a transmit-receive setup.

At the end of the tower is mounted the antenna to be tested; in this case it is the 2-bay Champion. The antenna can be rotated 360° by a selsyn motor mounted on the tower and can be controlled from a nearby laboratory. The antenna under test is rotated at a speed of 2 r.p.m. while the receiving pattern is automatically recorded.



Posted May 16, 2022

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