totally off the wall question here but can you paint the top of the rs units? I have an area in the FS where I want to park an rs unit for a few days and just don’t want any one to see it. Was thinking I could paint the unit to match its area? Random thoughts
Here are some comments from 2005 by a fellow who was referring to aircraft (GPS) antennas:
As an antenna engineer with some great test equipment, if anyone wants to send me a painted and non painted antenna, a simple test takes just 10 minutes and it’s easy to do, and I won’t charge you anything (other than return shipping). You could also send me the paint for loss tests, that’ll cost you a bit, I’d have to make a test setup special.
In general, low frequency wider bandwidth antennas can be painted with most non metallic paints and you’ll never see the difference.
The worst antenna to paint is a narrow band antenna (GPS antenna is best example) using a thick paint coating. It’ll shift the frequency downward and not work in your frequency band anymore.
Narrow bandwidth (typically thin antennas = narrow bandwidth) antennas, if designed properly should have a thick radome so that multiple thick paint coatings (or rain/ice) will be far enough away from the metal radiating part of the antenna to be out of the field.
On the same thought pattern, water is dielectric = 81, and very high loss, much much higher than 99.999% of all paints. That’s the worst paint equivalent (other than metallic paint) that you can imagine.
If it works in the rain, generally it’ll work with a little extra paint on it.
emphasis is mine / original link below
Maybe a piece of camouflage fabric on top of antenna ?
This topic was automatically closed 100 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.