Conventional designs of phased array antennas for mobile satellite communications carry a high price tag. Hence antenna designers look for alternative low-cost solutions. In the paper, the design and development of a low-cost 8-element switched-beam array antenna is presented. The array elements are arranged in a circle on the side of a truncated cone whose inclination angle matches the satellite look angle. The heart of the system is a radial switch that activates two elements facing the satellite and deactivates the remaining six elements. In order to produce additional beams, each antenna element is equipped in a 1-bit phase shifter. The performance of individual sub-systems and the entire array is presented.
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|Published - 1 Dec 1999
|IEEE Tencon (IEEE Region 10 Conference) 1998 - New Delhi, India
Duration: 17 Dec 1998 → 19 Dec 1998
|IEEE Tencon (IEEE Region 10 Conference) 1998
|17/12/98 → 19/12/98