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Publication numberUS1860123 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 24, 1932
Filing dateSep 3, 1926
Priority dateDec 29, 1925
Publication numberUS 1860123 A, US 1860123A, US-A-1860123, US1860123 A, US1860123A
InventorsHidetsugu Yagi
Original AssigneeRca Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Variable directional electric wave generating device
US 1860123 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

May 24, 1932.

Filed Sept. 5, 1926 His Attorney Irv/enter Hicletsugu Yagi bummmcm/ Patented May 24, lSSZ ,een


rThe presentinvention relates to a system of generating or projecting variable directional electric waves from an antenna or a wireless station, or more particularly to a device for changing in simple and effective manner the directionality of the electric waves radiated from. a wireless system which is commonly called a radio beacon station.

The object of my invention is to provide simple and positive mea-ns by which wireless electric waves can be transmitted to various directions varied in a certain definite manner as desired.

As a result of numerous experiments I have found out that if a metallic conductor or antenna is located in vertical position and at a suitable distance from a. vertical main antenna for wireless signaling and if th-e natural frequency of the conductor be taken equal to or lower than the wave frequency then the conductor will effect the wave reflecting or collecting action, while if the natural frequency of the conductor be taken higher than the wave frequency the conductor will present electric wave transmitting action. I took advantage of these facts for the Wireless signaling syst-em and have specially selected the arrangement of the conductors according to my invention for the purpose of varying the directionality of electric wave.

The novel features which I believe to be characteristic of my invention are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. My invention itself, however', both as to its organization and method of operation will best be understood by reference to the following specification taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which Fig. l is a plan view of an arrangement, embodying my invention g'Figs. 2 and 8 are also plan views representing modified forms of my invention; and Fig. 4 is a side view of ametallic conductor to be employed in my invention.

Now referring to Fig. 1, l is a main aerial which is erected in substantially vertical position and electrically insulated from the earth to be co-operated or coupled with suitable wireless system and is proportioned to oscillate at one-half wave length.

Conductors, such as metallic wire or antenna, 21 to 24, 31 to 34, and 41 to 44 are erected in vertical positions insulated from the earth around the main antenna 1 in the manner hereinafter described. The conductors 2l to 24 inclusive are arranged on a circle having a radius of one-quarter wave length or a little larger from the antenna 1. The conductors 31 to 34, and 41 to 44 inclusive are arranged on concentric circles one of which having` radius of one-half wave length and the other having radius longer than three-quarter wave length with the main antenna 1 at centre. Each of the conductors 21 to 24 and 8l to 34 consists of two portions a and b as shown by Fig. 4, which may be electrically connected or separated by suitable means, and if these two portions a and I) be connected together the total length of the conductor will be equal to or more than one-half wave length thereby operating to reflect the electric wave. On the other hand, if these two portions be cut away, then only the portion a which constitutes a greater part of the conductor will operate and the effective length is shorter than one-half wave length thereby assisting the propagation or transmission of electric wave energy, or, as differential-ly stated, the lengths of conductors 41 to 44 are taken less than one-half wave length so that they assist the propagation of electric energy, but these conductors, not being essential, may be omitted.

The operation of the antenna system as are ranged and constructed as shown in Fig. 1 is as follows :-Assuming now a directional electric wave -is to be generated or radiated from the antenna 1 in the direction shown by the arrow in Fig. 1, two portions a and I) of the conductors 21, 31, 82 and 34 should be connected together to have a length more than one-half wave length, and the conductors 22, 23, 24 and 83 should be made shorter than one-half wave length by electrically disconnecting the portions and allowing only the portions a to be effective, so that the electric wave issued from the antenna can be reflected by the conductors 21, 3l, 32 and 34,

meanwhile the propagation is assisted by the conductors 23, 33 and 43, thereby resulting unidirectional wave transmission in direction of the arrow only. In this case the conductors 41, 42 and 44 have no eifect as they are positioned behind the conductors 31, 32 and 34 which are of reflecting nature, butthe conductor 43 only operates to assist the transmission of electric waves. Y

It will he evident from the .foregoing that the directional electric wave issuing from the antenna can be controlled in any desired manner by controlling the connection or disconnection in each conductor by suitable hand operating or automatic means, and the electric wave can be rotated around the main antenna just as the light yis projected rotatively from a revolving light house.

Though I have shown in Fig. 1 the arrangement of the conductors by whichthe directional electric wave can be projected into four directions from the antenna, the num-Y ber of directions to which the wav-es are to be projected can be increased Yby increasing the number of conductors. It will be evident that vthe directional electric waves can be projected for instance into siX directions according vto the arrangement lshown in Fig. 2, and into eight directions by the arrangement shown in Fig. 3.

Though I have shown in Figs. 2 `and 3 differenta-rrangements of the main antenna and conductors each having the above described characteristics in order to project the electric waves in the direction of the arrow the situation and operation of each conductor are already evi dent from the description made in reference to Fig. 1.

As it is appa-rent from the foregoing the conductors constructed. and arranged according `to my invention have effect of radiating` the electro-magnetic `waves from the main antenna in a definite Vdirecti on by suitably selectingthe length or the. natural frequency of the operating conductors. The manner in which the wave is radiated can be performed in any way as desired, such for instance as th e wave is at first sent into two directions simultaneously and then into opposite directions or alternately into one or other direction or in successively rotating manner. It will also be evident that such control can easily be done by the change of natural rfrequency of the conductors .using some relay and .push button .device not shown) without changing the relative positions of the conductors.

In accordance with the provision of the patent statutes, l have described the principle of opera-'tion of my invention, together Vwith several embodim-ents thereof, but I do not wish tc be limited to the particular arrangements shown and described as it will be apparent that modifications therein may be made without departing from the scope of my invention as set forth in theappended claims. AW'hat I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is:

1. In wireless directional transmission the combination with a main vertical antenna for radiating electro-magnetic waves, of a number of auxiliary antennae vertically situated at a suitable distance from said main antenna and symmetrically aroundit which .antennae for varying the natural frequency ofsome of said conductors to that equal to or lower than the wave frequency and the other to that-substantially higher than'the wave frequency.

3. In a system for the directive propaf by a vertical beam antenna comprising a vertical antenna, a plurality of vertical conductors positioned about the antenna, means for increasing thenatural frequencies of said vertical conductors relative to the frequency f the vertical antenna to provide a wave director acting to cause propagation from the antenna towards the conductors tuned -to the higher frequencies.

4. In a system for the propagation of elec-` tromagnetic waves, a main vertical antenna, and a plurality of vertical antennae surrounding the main antenna and electrically disconnected from one another, the length of said surrounding antenn adapted to be altered such that their frequency may "be 'increased to a frequency higher than the frequency of the main vertical antenna such that electromagnetic wave propagation occurs predominantly in a direction from the main antenna towards the antennae tuned to fthe higher frequencies.

5. In directive radio-signaling, thecombination with a vertical antenna, of several vertical auxiliary antenn which are not elec-A trically connected to one anotherand whose lengths may be varied to alter their frequency to a value greater than the frequency of the vertical antennav whereby electromagnetic wave propagation occurs predominantly in a direction from the vertical antenna towards the auxiliary antennae.

6. In radio-signaling, the combination lgation of electromagnetic waves, mea-ns for` electrically pro] ectmg electromagnetic waves' with a main vertical antenna, of a plurality of vertical auxiliary antennae which are not electrically connected with the main antenna or with each other, and whose lengths may be Varied whereby their natural frequency may be changed in character from a reflector at which time the auxiliary antennae are tuned to a frequency equal to or less than the frequency of the main antenna such that electromagnetic wave propagation occurs predominantly in a direction from the reflector towards the main antenna to a director at which time the auxiliary antennae are tuned to a frequency greater than the natural frequency of the main antenna such that electromagnetic wave propagation occurs predominantly in a direction from the main antenna towards the auxiliary antennae and vice Versa.

7. In combination, a linear oscillator tuned to a desired transmitting frequency, and a plurality of additional linear oscillators arranged in a line therewith and tuned to a frequency higher than the desired transmitting frequency whereby radiation from the first mentioned linear oscillator is emphasized in the line of and towards the last mentioned group of oscillators.

8. In combination, a tuned linear oscilla- 30 tor tuned to a desired transmitting frequency,

and another linear oscillator spaced therefrom tuned to a higher frequency, for emphasizing wave propagation in a direction from the transmitting oscillator towards the oscillator tuned to the higher frequency.

9. In combination, a tuned antenna tuned to a desired transmitting frequency, and another antenna spaced therefrom tuned to a higher frequency, for emphasizing wave propagation in a direction from the transmitting antenna towards the antenna tuned to the higher frequency.

10. In combination, a radiating antenna tuned to a desired radiating frequency, and a plurality of antennae in line therewith tuned to a. higher frequency for obtaining a directional radiation effect in the Vline of and towards the antennae.

11. In combination, a tuned antenna, and another antenna spaced therefrom tuned to a higher frequency for obtaining a desired directional characteristic predominantly in the line of the antenna and towards the antenna tuned to the higher frequency.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 9th day of June, 1926.


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U.S. Classification343/833, 343/825, 343/915, 342/368, 343/837
International ClassificationH01Q3/44, H01Q3/00
Cooperative ClassificationH01Q3/44
European ClassificationH01Q3/44