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    Default Antennas or Aerials

    On a light note, I am curious to see which forum members prefer.

    One of my roles is as a lighting engineer and people often inform others, in my presence, that they are "lamps" and not "bulbs", and that lighting engineers greatly dislike the use of the term "bulb".

    On a personal point, I really don't care which, and often use "bulb" myself.

    Carrying this over to amateur radio, when carrying out online research, or simply shopping for radio hardware, all reference is usually to antenna rather than aerial.

    Dictionary definitions for antenna tend to refer to insects in the first instance, with secondary references being "another term for aerial".

    So, a quick pole might show some interesting results.

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    Some are bulbs and some are lamps. Halogens are lamps.
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    Some people like using an Arial font. Looks ok but doesn't transmit very well.
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    Aerial, beetles have antenna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duffer View Post
    Aerial, beetles have antenna.
    You mean like this:
    (stolen from QRZ.com)

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    Back in the day and I don't know why, I had aerials for CB but for SWL it was Antennas!!
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    I was once told antenna were receptors, as what bugs and other creepy-crawlies have and aerials were for radios and techy stuff. But it's the same as automobile and car, gasoline and petrol (OK, these are slightly different), herbs and 'erbs and so on and so on...

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    Aerials is sooo 20th Century...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B4AJB View Post
    Aerials is sooo 20th Century...
    I once saw someone with an aerial on their hat, but it was part of their costume at a science fiction convention. :-)
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    Here I was under the impression the term Aerial was used more by the European community and the word Antenna was used by the operators / manufactures here in the United States. In Amateur Radio the two words are almost transparent basically meaning one in the same thing. I met a young woman by the name of Aerial, she seem to radiate her beauty to the men in the community although I never quite figured out where she loaded up and became resonant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WA9WVX View Post
    I met a young woman by the name of Aerial, she seem to radiate her beauty to the men in the community although I never quite figured out where she loaded up and became resonant.
    I knew her! She was a radio operator's daughter. She di-dit because her Da-da-di-dit.

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    I'll go along with Aerial for a receive ONLY device, like AM/FM Radio, with Antenna for a transceiver.
    However, in TV, the receiving aerial is actually called an "Antenna". Go figure!
    Maybe because it's a multi-element device. But really, who gives a (burp)?


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    So, if you watching TV on an aeroplane (or is that aircraft?), would you be receiving your aerial television with a television aerial?

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    When one is watching the televisual receiver whilst on board a machine, one must always ensure that the receiving antenna is securely fastened.

    Either word works perfectly well for the tuned bit of wire, either receiving or transmitting.

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    I always thought antenna were vertical and aerials were horizontal. Are they one and the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTGallop View Post
    I always thought antenna were vertical and aerials were horizontal. Are they one and the same?
    That's the problem with the two words as they mean almost the same thing in the Amateur Radio Community although if you look up the definition of an antenna or an aerial, they mean totally different things. When you refer to a Vertical or Horizontal Antenna / Aerial, you are referring to the Polarization or Orientation of the Antenna / Aerial and there is a difference of 20 dB of signal. Since you're heavily invoved with FM mode communications, you always want a Vertical Polarized Antenna. If you ever use the 10 m band 28.300 to 28.500 MHz on SSB (Voice), you can use either a Vertical or a Horizontal Polarized Antenna as they both present different advantages for operating on the Single Side Band (SSB) mode. Whereas the Frequency Modulation (FM) mode is designed around noise and that's why the FM two-way radios work so well using a Vertical antenna. By the way, man made noise also is generated in the Vertical Polarization and generally does not affect the FM mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N4AAB View Post
    I once saw someone with an aerial on their hat, but it was part of their costume at a science fiction convention. :-)
    Obviously you haven't attended the Dayton or Huntsville Hamventions ... there's a ham who walks around with a small tower and 3 element Yagi on his hat. The old saying is, "You don't have to be Crazy to be a ham but it sure helps!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by WB9UDA View Post
    I'll go along with Aerial for a receive ONLY device, like AM/FM Radio, with Antenna for a transceiver.
    However, in TV, the receiving aerial is actually called an "Antenna". Go figure!
    I used to think it was the other way around, antennas, or to be more correct, antennae, as the name has been use to describe the wiggley-feely things on insects' heads, which are receivers, long before Mssrs Hertz, Marconi et al. started playing with the ether:

    antenna (n.) 1640s, "feeler or horn of an insect," from Latin antenna "sail yard," the long yard that sticks up on some sails, of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *temp-[/i] "to stretch, extend." In the etymological sense, it is a loan-translation of Aristotle's Greek keraiai "horns" (of insects). Modern use in radio, etc., for "aerial wire" is from 1902. Adjectival forms are antennal (1834), antennary (1836), antennular (1858).

    aerial (n.) 1902 (short for aerial antenna, etc.)

    But, I guess antenna sounds more scientific, like you know what you're talking about...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WA9WVX View Post
    Obviously you haven't attended the Dayton or Huntsville Hamventions ... there's a ham who walks around with a small tower and 3 element Yagi on his hat. The old saying is, "You don't have to be Crazy to be a ham but it sure helps!"
    One of my relatives and I almost went to Huntsville last year. Hmmm... don't know if I can make it this year either. But that sounds like a photo op.
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