My first hands-on experience with antennas for microwaves and RF systems came more than 12 years ago as I interviewed the CEO of a major antenna manufacturer in New England. I was fascinated by my tour of the facility, as I learned about all of the different types of antennas being manufactured. Seems like visitors to RF DesignLine have the same sort of fascination and sense of wonder on the subject of antennas.
As I write this blog, the most popular article on RF DesignLine is not, believe it or not, about the Apple iPhone. Instead, it is called: Fundamentals of ISM-Band and short range device antennas.
Posted 6 months ago, this four-part series is becoming a popular primer for those seeking to understand antennas better. Matthew Loy and Iboun Sylla from Texas Instruments take us through antenna basics, antenna types, propagation issues, and examples. The most popular part deals with antenna types and their features, which brings me back to my tour of the antenna manufacturer.
Adding to the continuing mystery surrounding antennas is that I cannot remember which company I visited, despite my many attempts to jog my memory. What I do remember is that those antenna designers that I met were dedicated and motivated to deliver the best next antenna that designers needed. As antennas disappear inside of smartphones and windshields, I am left to wonder if the mystery surrounding their design and function will only grow greater.