from the amateur-antenna-design dept
Sometimes you need someone who isn’t an expert in a field to come up with a breakthrough in the technology. A technician in a university lab realized that he couldn’t keep up his ham radio hobby at his girlfriend’s (now wife’s) house, because the antenna he needed was too big. So, he began messing around with different ideas on new antenna design – admitting that he basically knew nothing whatsoever about antennas. After trying a number of different experiments over the years, he eventually zeroed in on one possible solution, and believes he’s created an antenna system that shrinks the antenna size without losing its efficiency. While some are still skeptical, and much more testing needs to be done, this might be yet another case of an “amateur” inventor forced to come up with something new out of necessity.