The aim of this research was to study a novel, broadband, low cost, low profile and a high-medium gain antenna in the UHF band. This has been achieved through numerical modelling, theoretical investigation and physical measurements. In this study two commercially available antenna systems are investigated in order to compare and establish potential deficiencies in the UHF antenna systems. A number of disadvantages are resolved within a novel antenna system design. The parametric study is performed for each element of the novel antenna system in order to optimise its overall performance. The indoor and outdoor measurements have been carried out in house, in order to validate the predicted results. The novel antenna system is compared to the most popular and commercially available UHF antenna systems. The study demonstrates that the novel antenna system has clear advantages such as broadband, balanced, compact and low cost when compared to the commercial antenna designs studied here. The comparison of the manufacturers data to the measured results shows a good match, validating the outdoor measurements technique used in this research.
This thesis is Confidential until 3 June 2015. A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.