Analysis and design of broadcast tower antenna systems

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Bilkent University
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In broadcasting, the coverage and interference requirements of antennas are designated in terms of Effective Radiated Power (ERP), tower location and height, and antenna patterns. When antennas are tailored to satisfy the requirements, transmitter powers, cable losses, and phase adjustments for antenna elements must be taken into account in addition to the parasitic effect of the supporting and nearby towers on characteristics of antenna. Digital video and audio broadcasting requires antennas to be at least 95 % effi- cient, wideband, low weight and high gain with enhanced radiation performance. For this reason many wire and planar antennas have been designed to meet the requirement of Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) and TerrestrialDigital Audio Broadcasting (T-DAB). We used a tool NEC (Numerical Electromagnetic Code) to model antenna on top of a tower structure. Simulation results for parasitic effect of the tower on characteristics of antenna such as impedance, return loss, gain, front-to-back ratio and radiation patterns are reported. In addition, the effect of nearby tower on antenna characteristics is studied. We designed a broadband antenna in the UHF (470 - 860 MHz) band that works for both digital and analog TV with return loss ≥10 dB, fractional bandwidth of 85% and gain at center frequency 12.5 dB. The ERP is calculated by mounting the antenna at each face of the tower to give a satisfactory coverage to a region around the antenna. Moreover, the design of a transmitter antenna for DVB-T and T-DAB is presented with Stacked Suspended Plate Antenna (SSPA) structure. Considering the similar products in the world, antennas have been designed in (174-254)MHz for DVB-T and (174-230)MHz for T-DAB with horizontal polarization and return loss ≥ 10 dB. The antenna gives an average gain of 8.5 dB and cross polarization isolation is 31 dB. Contrary to conventional dipole structures, we have employed SSPA structure with two plates for wideband matching and design flexibility. Radiating primary plate has been excited by novel wideband modified inverted L-type probe in a capacitively coupled manner. Vertical plate between primary plate and ground plane also provides wideband matching and adjustment of halfpower beam width properly. Parasitic secondary plate has been used for further matching and tuning. Together with the parametric study of designed antenna, simulation and measurement results for the input impedance, S11, gain and radiation patterns are presented.

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DVB-T, T-DAB, SSPA, Broadcasting Antennas
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