Can I mount an antenna inside my Enclosure?

An antenna should never be located inside a conductive or metal enclosure. If you mount an antenna outside on your metal enclosure you will need to tune the antenna while mounted because the enclosure becomes part of your antenna system at that point. Also be aware of plastic boxes, although RF signals pass through most…

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Antenna gain claims.

Sorry to say but the advertized gain claims of most large antenna companies are exaggerated. There are rules that apply to all antenna systems and like all data it can be manipulated. If you are not sure please contact Skywave Antennas. We are here to help you solve your system antenna problems not just sell…

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What is meant by Antenna Gain?

Antenna gain is a measure of directivity of the antennas radiated signal. Remember antennas are a passive device and will never put out more total power than is put in to it. An antenna with “gain” focuses the power in a particular direction at the cost of reduced power in other directions. This is what…

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What does Polarization mean to me?

Vertical polarization is widely used today because it provides an omnidirectional signal path verses a horizontal antenna. Horizontal antennas or a directional vertical antenna can be used in high RF congested areas. But be aware that by using cross polarization (vertical to horizontal) 20 db signal loss will occur.

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Environmental Conditions?

The location of the antenna should be considered when selecting an antenna. The overriding application factors are, will the antenna be used indoors or outdoors, and identify any chemicals the antenna could be exposed to. Contact Skywave Antennas and ask for an “Antenna Specification Work Sheet”. By answering the questions on this worksheet, your antenna…

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