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What is this antenna called? Does it really work? What is wifi adaptor?

dr pepper

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#3
Its a yagi disc.
yes it probably does work if built correctly.
 

ChrisP58

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#4
Well, I admit that I'm no RF or antenna engineer...

The coax braid is soldered to the first disk.
The coax center wire is soldered to the second disc.
Those two discs are directly connected to the center bolt, and are therefore shorted to each other. (or did I miss an insulation step?)

That just doesn't make sense to me.
 

dknguyen

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#5
Well, I admit that I'm no RF or antenna engineer...

The coax braid is soldered to the first disk.
The coax center wire is soldered to the second disc.
Those two discs are directly connected to the center bolt, and are therefore shorted to each other. (or did I miss an insulation step?)

That just doesn't make sense to me.
I dunno. Antennas are weird things to begin with
 
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BobW

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#9
Nope. Maybe I'm blind, but I don't see any link.

Edit: I hit "quote" on the original post to see what was there, and saw that it was Facebook media. So my ad blocker probably intercepted it.
 
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BobW

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#11
No. I'm on my Mac running Firefox.
Anyway, don't worry about it. I rarely have the patience to watch giant videos.
 

JimB

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#12
Those two discs are directly connected to the center bolt, and are therefore shorted to each other. (or did I miss an insulation step?)

That just doesn't make sense to me.
RF is black magic.

As a quick and dirty explanation:
Something which is an odd multiple of a quarter wavelength long behaves like an open circuit.
Something which is a multiple of a half wavelength long behaves like a short circuit.

JimB
 

Nigel Goodwin

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#13
As has already been said, it's a Yagi aerial, just with discs rather than rods - but I've no idea what effect that change will have? - a normal Yagi is polarised by the rods, so this 'presumably' will cover horizontal, vertical, or anywhere in between. However using slant (45 degree) polarisation on a Yagi means it receives both Horizontal and Vertical (FM radio is often broadcast as slant for that very reason) - BUT - you don't get something for nothing, and you make a 6dB loss in either case. I suspect the same will apply to this one.

However, it will work fine (if built correctly) and greatly improve range - but obviously directionally.
 

Nigel Goodwin

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#16
Saw this one years ago; what do y'all think of it?
It looks like part of a short backfire array, but missing the reflector.

The complete ones were relatively low gain, but good for anti-ghosting - we fitted many of them (the Wolsey Colour King) in areas where ghosting was a problem.

Without the reflector it's going to be considerably lower gain, but bi-directional.
 

unclejed613

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#17
Well, I admit that I'm no RF or antenna engineer...

The coax braid is soldered to the first disk.
The coax center wire is soldered to the second disc.
Those two discs are directly connected to the center bolt, and are therefore shorted to each other. (or did I miss an insulation step?)

That just doesn't make sense to me.
for a yagi, connecting the disks to the transmission line that way makes no sense. there should be one disk connected to the transmission line. this would be the driven element. all disks behind the D.E. are reflectors, and all in front are directors. yagi antennas can have all the elements except the D.E. connected directly to the metal axial support. the D.E. should be a ring, or a disk split down the middle with one side connected to the coax shield, and the other side connected to the center wire
 

gary350

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These are $12 free postage on ebay. My son has 1 he get wifi from McDonalds up the street. LOL That is the place it eats most often. Good customers get free wifi if they live close enough. LOL

 

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