4NEC2 Definitive Guide
4NEC2 Definitive Guide (4NEC2 Definitive Guide (Early Adoption))
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4NEC2 Definitive Guide

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Last updated on 2017-11-21

About the Book

Learn how to use 4NEC2 in the design and analysis of antenna systems. With a sample version and a full (paid) version of the book, the reader will start from downloading and installing 4NEC2, learning the 4NEC2 user interface, build a 20M dipole and analyze it at various heights above real ground then view the different antenna patterns. The sample version of the book will get anyone started with 4NEC2, or to learn 4NEC2 if you're already familiar with other antenna analysis software.

About the Author

Mark Schoonover
Mark Schoonover

Mark Schoonover has been licensed since 1982 when he got his Novice license on a wager with his dad. If he didn't pass his Novice test, he had to mow the lawn for FREE all summer break. He got his General license in 1983 from the now long closed FCC Field Office in San Francisco. Upon his return from Navy active duty in 1987 he got his Advanced license. Around 2000 he got his Extra. He's held his call since 1982 and don't have any plans to obtain a vanity call. He enjoys homebrewing and contesting from his pip-squeak station in southern California. Professionally, he has a degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering. He switched from Electrical Engineering when the internet became publicly available. Currently he's a Senior Systems Engineer for a major health care provider in the United States. He's been married to his best friend for 23 years and they have three boys all in college. On the occasions they are being too loud, he's been known to launch a denial of service attack against their gaming computers!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Conventions
      • Selecting Menus
      • Program Specific Text
      • Warnings, Tips, Errors, Information
    • PC Requirements
      • Supported Operating Systems
  • About the Author
  • Chapter One - Installation
    • Downloading 4NEC2
    • Installing 4NEC2 and Configuration
  • Chapter Two - Learning Your Way Around
    • Finding Help
    • Main Window
      • Menus
      • Toolbar
      • Remainder of Main Window
    • Geometry Window
      • Show Menu
      • View Menu
      • Validate Menu
      • Currents Menu
      • Far-field Menu
      • Near-field Menu
      • Wire Menu
      • Plot Menu
    • Pattern Window
      • Show Menu
      • Far Field Menu
      • Near Field Menu
      • Compare Menu
      • Transfer Menu
      • FFtab Menu
      • Plot Menu
    • 3D Viewer Window
      • Right Toolbar
    • Smith Chart
    • Geometry Builder
  • Chapter Three - Building and Analyzing a Dipole Antenna
    • A Word or Three about Theoretical VS Real Antennas
      • Isotropic Antenna
      • Dipole in Free Space
      • Real Antenna
      • Comments on Theoretical Antennas and Such
    • Using the Geometry Editor
      • Getting Ready
      • Creating a New NEC File
      • Design Conventions
      • Drawing the Dipole
      • Adding Ground Underneath the Dipole
      • Adding the Source
    • Analyzing the Results
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Four - 4NEC2 Editors
    • Geometry Editor Overview
      • Menus
      • Options Box
      • Toolbar
      • Views
    • NEC editor (New)
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor File Menu
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor Cell & Rows Menus
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor Selection Menu
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor Options Menu
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor Symbols Tab
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor Geometry Tab
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor Source/Load Tab
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor Freq/Ground Tab
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor Other Tab
      • 4NEC2 (New) Editor Comment Tab
    • NEC2 Cards
    • NEC editor
      • Inserting a New Card (Line)
    • Notepad Edit
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5 - Geometry Builder
    • Overview
    • Patch
      • DESIGN: 300 MHz Dipole with Planar Reflector
      • Patch Conclusion
    • Plane
      • DESIGN: 300 MHz Vertical
      • Plane Conclusion
    • Box
      • X, Y, Z Axes
      • X, Y, Z Sections
      • Rotate and Move
      • Conclusion
    • Cylinder
      • Dimensions
      • Sections
      • Rotate and Move
      • Conclusion
  • 4NEC2 Function Keys & Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet
    • Main Window
      • Function Keys
      • Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Geometry Window
      • Function Keys
      • Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Pattern Window
      • Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Smith Chart
      • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Appendix A - 4NEC2 5.8.15 README File
    • To install the 4nec2 package, follow the below steps.
  • Notes

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