Rhombic Math & Design
Updated: Dec 13, 2022
Good symmetry is of vital importance for the performance of this antenna. The width of the antenna's main lobe is determined by the angles q and a, often referred to as tilt and apex angle. In general, the wider the rhombic (greater a and smaller q) the wider the beam and vice versa. Of coarse q and a are linked since the sum of half the tilt angle and apex angles is always 90 degrees: q/2 + a/2 = 90
Effective Antenna Aperture Calculator below is useful. Antenna gain G is directly proportional to the antenna aperture A and is increased by means of focusing radiation in only one direction while reducing radiation in all other directions. So, the narrower the width of the beam, the higher the antenna gain.
a 14dBd antenna on 7 MHz is Ae 6,014.99624 m²
a 14dBd antenna on 14 MHz is Ae 1,503.74976 m²
Capture area or Effective Aperture is determined by antenna gain and the wavelength, not by antenna physical size.
General Steve Walz, V31KW/K0UO