wiki/ news/ 2003-12-13 - Suck on foam with the VNA, remeasure the slot antennas, measure the reference dipoles Teflon test?

In attendance: Glenn, Tim, Timr, Dave H, and Andrew & Solomon (just to drop off equipment)

Summary: Someone put a summary here.


Pre-lab:

  1. Timr adds a pass-through to the bell jar base plate (done)
  2. Glenn makes final balun for slot (not done)
  3. Tim makes a flat Teflon-dielectric CPA (not done)

Need to bring/have:

  1. Bell jar, base, CPA's, vacuum pump, power strip, hoses, avionics module - Andrew
  2. All reference dipoles and new slot balun - Glenn
  3. Patch cords, automotive vacuum gauge - Timr
  4. Teflon gluing process? teflon-dielectric flat CPA? - Tim

The test plan:

  1. Suck tests
  2. Test Wifi CPA in bell jar at room pressure.
  3. Suck on Wifi: as many points as possible, at least 0, 35,000ft, vacuum. Then go down to look for hysteresis. How fast does the foam expand and contract? How long until it stabilizes?
  4. Suck on GPS as above.
  5. Suck on ATV as above.
  6. Slot antennas
  7. f0/SWR on WiFi slot
  8. f0/SWR on GPS slot
  9. f0/SWR on ATV slot
  10. Dipoles
  11. f0/SWR on WiFi dipole
  12. f0/SWR on ATV dipole

If there's time left:

  1. Do some crude propogation tests on WiFi and ATV slots using reference dipoles.
  2. f0/SWR on Teflon CPA.

Testing Notes

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SCRN00.JPG: WiFi CPA on bell jar base. Bell not yet placed over it.
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SCRN01.JPG: This is a junk image. Accidently recorded.
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SCRN02.JPG: WiFi CPA in jar at 1 ATM.
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SCRN03.JPG: WiFi CPA in jar at -8 in. Hg
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SCRN04.JPG: WiFi CPA in jar at -14 in. Hg
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SCRN05.JPG: WiFi CPA in jar at -27 in. Hg
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SCRN06.JPG: WiFi CPA in jar at 27.5 in. Hg for about 2 minutes.
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SCRN07.JPG: WiFi CPA in jar back at 1 ATM; Measurement taken immediately.
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_SCRN08.JPG: _ WiFi CPA in jar back at 1 ATM; Measurement taken after 2 minutes.
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SCRN09.JPG: WiFi CPA after jar removed.
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SCRN10.JPG: 2.4 GHz reference dipole.
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_SCRN11.JPG: _ 2.4 GHz reference dipole.
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SCRN12.JPG: 1.5 GHz slot with nothing behind the apature. When the avionics playload is placed behind the apature, the SWR becomes real bad (> 5:1 SWR) at all frequencies.
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SCRN13.JPG: 1.2 GHz CPA on bell jar base. Bell not yet placed over it.
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SCRN14.JPG: 1.2 GHz CPA in jar at 1 ATM.
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SCRN15.JPG: 1.2 GHz CPA in jar at -8?? in. Hg
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SCRN16.JPG: 1.2 GHz CPA in jar at -21 in. Hg
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SCRN17.JPG: 1.2 GHz CPA in jar at -23 in. Hg
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SCRN18.JPG: 1.2 GHz CPA back at 1 ATM and jar removed.
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SCRN19.JPG: I'm not sure what this is.

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