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ANTENTOP- 01- 2007, # 009

Mystery of the Broom Antenna


Figure 3 Antenna Current Vs Potential between antenna wires and the air

Q-factor can be found as reactance of the circuit divided to resistance of losses. When the BA has negative resistance, the resistance compensates the resistance of losses in the antenna. Q-factor of the circuit is increased and RF voltage across the antenna circuit is risen. So, we have increasing in the receiving signals due feeding the antenna by atmospheric electricity.


Certainly, there are lots interesting questions about work of the Broom Antenna. What amplification the antenna may provide? What is the power the antenna gives?

Figure 4 Antenna Amplifier



Note I. G.: The process about appearance the corona discharge is described above with some simplification. If you print in GOOGLE "corona discharge" and then related phrase, you find hundreds pages containing lots equation... But I leave it to real fun of the corona discharge.


It is may appear wonderful, but at some conditions it is very possible to turn the broom antenna into field having the "negative resistance." Proper height above the ground or proper conditions of the atmosphere may turn the antenna to field of the "negative resistance." In the Figure 3 it is point Iopt. To keep the antenna in the field of so called "negative resistance" it is need to stabilize current into antenna wire. It is possible to do feeding the antenna through "source of current." However, the atmosphere is an ideal "source of current." So being turn to the field of the "negative resistance" antenna may stay at the conditions quite enough long time...


5. Antenna Amplifier


Part of curve where potential drop but the current is risen is very interesting part of the curve. The part of the curve has so called "negative resistance." Electronic device that has curve with such "negative resistance" may do amplification (of course at some condition). The devices are tunnel diode, neon bulb, thyratron, thyristor. Tunnel diode is used for amplification and generation at VHF- UHF bands. Neon bulb, thyratron, thyristor is used for generation up to hundreds kHz.


Figure 4 shows the simplified schematic of Antenna Amplifier. In to antenna circuit is turn on the Broom Antenna. Current in the antenna circuit at resonance increases in Q times, where Q is Q-factor of the circuit.

What is the lower and upper frequencies range of the Broom Antenna?


Be truth, I do not know answer on the questions. The Broom Antenna required more research. I will be grateful for any additional information from those who made such researchers.




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