EE 407: Radiowave Propagation & Antennas

Recommended Textbook: R. E. Collin, Antennas and Radiowave Propagation, McGraw-Hill

References: K. Siwiak, Radiowave Propagation and Antennas for Personal Communications, Artech House

                    C. A. Balanis, Antenna theory: Analysis and design, John Wiley (Chapter 1, 2, and 4)

Topics to be covered:

Antenna Part:

1.      Antenna principle and types

2.      Antenna parameters (directivity, gain, beamwidth, aperture, impedance, polarization)

3.      Ideal and practical dipoles


Radiowave Propagation Part:

4.      Free space propagation: Friis transmission formula and radar equation.

5.      Flat earth radiowave propagation, and knife-edge diffraction.

6.      Biological effects of radiation and RF exposure standards.

7.      Earth-orbiting satellite propagation.

8.      Urban propagation.

9.      Noise in communication systems.


Attendance of Lectures

If the student is absent for > 8 lectures, he will be denied regardless of his excuses.



·         First midterm exam (30%), Thur. 7 Nov 2014, Lecture time.

·         Second midterm exam (30%), Thur. 12 Dec. 2014, Lecture time.

·         Final Exam (40%).


1.      M. S. Al Salameh, "Waves and Fields of Wireless Communications and Electricity: Health-Effects and Unconventional Utilizations," lap-     publishing, Printed in USA and in UK.

2.      J. C. Whitaker, "Radio Frequency Transmission Systems: Design and Operation," McGraw-Hill.

3.      Les Barclay, “ Propagation of Radiowaves”, IEE, UK.

4.      Simon R. Saunders and A. A. Zavala ,"Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems", John whily, UK.

5.      L. Felsen, "Radiation and Scattering of Waves," IEEE Press.


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