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Antennas

    First, we are not giving a history lesson here on antennas at this time (maybe later). Instead, we will be using wikipedia as a reference. (please consider donating to them, they do a much needed job for little regard)

    An antenna (or aerial) is an electrical device which converts electric power into radio waves, and vice versa. ("https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antenna_(radio)")

    There are a number of terms and things that will be very helpful to learn at this point. We will begin with these and then go back and discuss different types of antennas and their basic pluses and minuses. I know it will be a little overwhelming at first, but in time most of these will become second nature. For now just mouse over the term you wish to read and the definition will appear.

List of terms

List of antenna types/names

Here are a few books that you might want to look into when you get these down pat. Some of these books are not for beginners.

Beginner Books

Intermediate

Technician Books