Software Newsletter #28 - March 3, 2005
Racing Computers and Software - www.iFamilySoftware.com
1. Increase Your Paging Range With New Dipole Antenna
2. Davis Daytime
Aspiration Kit for Vantage Pro2
Increase Your Paging Range With New Dipole Antenna --
It doesn't matter what brand of UHF
Paging Transmitter that you have, your range can always be improved with a better
antenna. The standard antenna is a 1/4 wave, single pole design. The standard
antenna is usually attached directly to the paging transmitter with a bayonet
connector (BNC). Radio signals are output in a radius from the antenna. However,
signals cannot pass through a metallic object. Therefore, if you have your antenna
located inside a trailer with aluminum skin and/or roof, your transmission range
is reduced or even eliminated. Some of the signal can leave through the open back
or side doors, but now you have a directional problem. The open door must be facing
the exact location of where the paging receiver is going to be. In this situation,
using an external mounted antenna, will allow you the proper transmission and
reception of signals.
better design is the 1/2 wave, dipole antenna. The dipole antenna will increase
your transmission range no matter where it is located because it amplifies a weak
signal into a stronger one. Mounting the dipole antenna externally will boost
your transmission range up to 5 times greater than with a standard 1/4 wave antenna.
Our 2-watt paging transmitter has a range of approximately a 1 mile radius. The
mounting location and topography of the ground can limit this range to half of
that radius. By just using an externally mounted 1/2 wave, dipole antenna, our
range is increased to almost 5 miles.
dipole antenna has two settings. Using the first setting, the antenna outputs
the signal as a radius. Using the second setting, the antenna becomes directional
and will boost the signal for even a greater distance. Most race tracks are not
big enough to need the directional setting, but it's there if you need it.
regardless of whose paging system you have, if you are having transmission problems,
the first place to look is your antenna. It may be just that simple.
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