Antenna Workshop: Synthesize and Build a Custom HDTV Antenna (Hands-on)

Jun 7, 2017
Event location: 
Honolulu, HI

This two-hour workshop introduces attendees to antenna synthesis and optimization software and demonstrates how to use such a tool to design and build a customized HDTV antenna. The antenna synthesis software that will be used is AntSyn, a cloud-based solution that combines genetic algorithms with EM simulation. Attendees will learn basic program functionality using a temporary AntSyn license, which they will be able to access via the internet using their own laptops. Accessing external resources like, attendees will be able to locate HDTV broadcasters in their home area and will be shown on how to generate a set of antenna specifications such as frequencies, bandwidth, and gain. They will use AntSyn to create planar antennas such as Yagi, log-periodic, or ultra-wideband to meet the specifications they have determined. Using materials such as metal tape, foil, cardboard, plastic, and coaxial cable, attendees will then build their antenna, which will be tested on a VNA in the classroom. 

Workshop Equipment/Hardware:

  • Bringing your own laptop is preferred. If necessary, a laptop will be provided. Just let the instructor/organizer know prior to the course
  • Special note: 64-bit PCs are required to run the software
  • Software, licenses, and required training materials will be provided

About the Instructor Dr. Derek Linden:
Dr. Linden has been conducting research in the automated design of wire and patch antennas using evolutionary optimization since 1995. He is co-inventor of the patented genetic antenna design process and has published numerous conference and journal articles. He was elected to senior IEEE membership in 2000 and has chaired numerous IEEE antenna sessions. Dr. Linden received Discover Magazine's Top 10 Innovation Award for his genetic antenna work, was highlighted in Science News (Sept. 4 1999, p.157) and The New York Times (Nov. 25, 1999, p.D9). He received the Hertz Foundation thesis prize in 1998 for his doctoral thesis, Automated Design and Optimization of Wire Antennas Using Genetic Algorithms