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Flat satellite dish

At present, two main paraboloid of revolution are most widely used in satellite direct television reception (SSTP) as antennas:

axisymmetric and offset. The laboriousness of manufacturing a parabolic reflector forced us to look for alternative designs of antennas, more technologically advanced in production and self-manufacturing. Such constructions include the flat zone reflector of Fresnel (Figure 6.17).

Auguste Jean Fresnel (1788-1828), a French physicist, one of the founders of wave optics, used the method of dividing the wave front into annular zones, subsequently named after him, in the process of studying diffraction of light.

The zone Fresnel antenna (ZAP) by operation principle differs significantly from the commonly used antennas, which are based on a parabolic reflector. The description of the antenna and the method of its calculation are compiled by V. Nikitin (Moscow) and the author of this book.

Antenna reflector Fresnel is a conductive concentric annular surface, located in the same plane. Under the influence of an incident wave of an electromagnetic field, according to the Huygens principle, each ring becomes a source of secondary radiation ,

Flat and spherical satellite dishes

Flat and spherical satellite dishes

which is directed in different directions in contrast to the paraboloid of revolution, which reflects all the rays in the direction of the focus. It is possible to select the width of each ring of the zone antenna and the distance between them so that the signals of secondary radiation from the middle lines of each ring at a certain point of space coincide in phase. For this it is sufficient that the distances between the midline of the rings and the indicated point differ by the length

wave signals - l in . This point by analogy with a paraboloid can be called a focus. In the focus, as in the parabolic antenna, there is an irradiator.

In Fig. 6.18 shows the cross section (side view) of the upper part of the central disk of the antenna and the first ring. If a point is selected as the focal point at a distance f from the plane with rings, then the signals emitted by the centers of the rings will coincide in phase in focus at the following values ​​of the distances between the edges of the rings and the focus:

Flat and spherical satellite dishes

The signals emitted by the middle of the rings are in phase with the signal emitted by the center of the disk. The dephasing between the signals, the radiated edge of the disc and its center, as well as the edges of the track and their center, is only 1/4 of the wavelength.

Thus, the calculation of ZAP is reduced to the choice of the location of the focus F on the imaginary axis of the antenna, i.e., the distance f from the antenna web, and the calculation of the inner and outer radii of the rings as a function of the wavelength l of the repeater by formula (6.2). The distance f is not critical

and it is selected within 500 ... 1000 mm (for antennas of large diameters).

The signals that radiate the rim edges differ in phase from the signals that the circle emits (located in the middle of the ring), which ensures in-phase . Broad rings provide broadband antennas. Due to the fact that the radii of the ZAF gauge depend on the wavelength of the signal, it may seem that the antenna is narrowband and for each frequency (or wavelength) of the satellite transponder, the corresponding ring sizes will be needed. However, calculations show that this is not so.

If the radii of the rings are calculated for an average frequency range of 10.7 ... 11.7 GHz (wavelength 26.8 mm ) or 11.7 ... 12.5 GHz (wavelength 24.8 mm ), then for the minimum and maximum frequencies of the bands, those circles that correspond to the equality of the phases of the signals will be located on the surface of the rings.

In Table. 6.2, 6.3 shows the results of calculating the sizes of ZAF for the specified frequency bands. In the formula (6.2), the order numbers of the radii were successively substituted (the even numbers correspond to the inner radii, the odd ones to the outer radii, and r1 the radius of the central disk). The distance f from the central disk to the focus F is chosen equal to 1000 mm . The width of the rings decreases evenly . A radio amateur does not need to make a full amount of ZAF . In cases where a parabolic antenna with a diameter 90 centimeters , in the construction of ZAP can be limited to five rings (the fifth ring corresponds to the radii r10 and r11). In this case, for the frequency range 10.7 ... 11.7 GHz, the diameter of the ZAP is equal to 1098 mm , for 11.7 ... 12.5 GHz - 1024 mm .

Table 6.2.

Flat and spherical satellite dishes

Flat and spherical satellite dishes

Flat and spherical satellite dishes

If we calculate the radii of the track for the average wavelength of the entire broadcasting range Ki (10.7 ... 12.75 GHz), on its edges these "in-phase" circles extend beyond the surface of the rings. Therefore, at the edges of such a wide range of in-phase addition of signals does not work.

Flat and spherical satellite dishes

As a result of the calculation, the radii of the "in-phase" circles are obtained, where n is the number of the ring. The central disk corresponds to n = 1. The width is chosen arbitrarily. In practice, it is possible to make a central disk of radius 50 mm , and the width of each ring is taken equal to 20 mm . In this case, the in-phase circle is approximately in the middle of the ring.

The zone antenna is flat in shape, so it is much more technologically amateur in terms of manufacturing. Such an antenna can be made of a large piece of foil plastic or by etching, or by cutting gaps between rings. It can also be made by sticking rings of foil or even tin to a sheet of getinax , textolite, plexiglas, wood-fiber cloth (DVP). To reduce the wind load in the dielectric base of the antenna, an arbitrary number of holes are drilled.

The main disadvantage of a zonal antenna in comparison with a parabolic one of the same diameter is a smaller gain, since not all of the energy of the signal entering the antenna web is directed to the illuminator. Under weak signal conditions, loss of amplification, even by 2 dB, leads to signal damage by noise and loss of color. To compensate for the shortage of the gain factor of the CJSC, it is necessary to increase the diameter of the antenna web, although with sufficient satellite transponder power and large elevation angles (less thermal noise from the Earth), this antenna provides good results for this receiving point.

The converter can be attached to the ZAF focus in the same way as for a direct-focus parabolic antenna