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Discover comprehensive resources and practical tools for mastering AN-SOF. Our collection of guides offers step-by-step instructions on setting up simulations, designing models, and interpreting results, while our tools help streamline and enhance your workflow.

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Explore tips and guidance to configure AN-SOF adequately for the model being simulated.

From the far field point of view, the whole structure of an antenna and its surroundings is reduced to a single point at the origin (X,Y,Z) = (0,0,0).

We see that most of the time we are interested in calculating only the E-field in antenna projects when we are talking about the near field. For this reason, we have added an option to enable or disable the automatic calculation of the H-Field.

Learn how to optimize simulation speed in AN-SOF Antenna Software. Follow valuable tips for faster results by adjusting segments, resolution, and settings. Turbocharge your antenna simulations!

Discover tips and best practices for antenna modeling and design using AN-SOF in these informative articles.

Traditional coil inductance calculations often rely on simplified approximations. AN-SOF offers a more accurate approach by considering factors like non-uniform magnetic fields, conductor losses, and complex coil geometries. By using AN-SOF, you can obtain precise inductance values, visualize magnetic field and current distributions, to improve your coil designs.

Here is a comprehensive guide to modeling, feeding, and tuning half-wave dipoles, offering principles and techniques that can be applied to any antenna system.

We are happy to share an interesting project by one of our AN-SOF users: @PoweredMeshtasticEurope. He demonstrates how to build your own helix high gain directional antenna for the Meshtastic frequency range, from theory to reality.

In today's wireless world, ensuring Electromagnetic Field (EMF) compliance is crucial for protecting individuals from potential harmful effects of RF exposure. Join us as we explore the influence of antenna configurations, ground planes, and feed lines on far-field EIRP values, ensuring you possess the tools to navigate the complexities of EMF compliance effectively.

Dive into the intricacies of Skeleton Slot antennas. Explore optimal designs, balancing geometry parameters, and leveraging simulation tools. Ideal for both engineers and enthusiasts!

Discover a simple yet precise method for modeling microstrip antennas on ungrounded dielectric substrates.

Elevate your antenna design game with our latest video tutorial on monopole modeling using AN-SOF.

Dive into the world of advanced antenna design with our latest tutorial! Discover the art of connecting Log-Periodic Antenna Elements using Transmission Lines in the AN-SOF Antenna Simulator.

We explore the concepts of absolute wave impedance and wave matching coefficient (WMC) as practical alternatives to determine a useful boundary between the near and far field regions of an antenna.

Rev up your AN-SOF skills with this video tutorial featuring two fast methods for adding elevated radials.

Discover how AN-SOF's project merging feature enhances antenna design flexibility, unlocking new possibilities.

Radiating towers or radio masts can be modeled in AN-SOF with a high degree of detail, as shown in the figure below. Since we already know the omnidirectional shape of the radiation pattern, what interests us is to calculate electric field values at ground level for a given input power.

A balun can be implicitly modeled in AN-SOF using an equivalent generator, as the figure below shows. Since voltage sources admit an internal impedance, we can adjust its resistance value to match the antenna input resistance.

Refine AN-SOF antenna simulations. Identify and resolve errors with precision, ensuring model integrity.

Explore tips and guidance to optimize the use of AN-SOF charts and tables for displaying simulation results effectively.

AN-SOF allows us to export radiation patterns to a *.msi file which can then be imported into the Planet propagation simulation tool developed by MSI. The antenna pattern files in MSI format are described in this link >. 1. The far-field of an antenna model must be computed previously using the Full 3D option in […]

The Scilab script shown in this video is ready to use together with AN-SOF. It allows us to plot level curves or isocontours of a field pattern.

AN-SOF allows us to export radiation patterns to a *.ant file which can then be imported into the Radio Mobile (RM) propagation software. The antenna pattern files recognized by RM are described here: http://www.g3tvu.co.uk/Antenna_Plots.htm Versions 1 (azimuth) and 3 (azimuth and elevation) described in the link above have been implemented in AN-SOF. Exporting an Azimuth […]

Unleash the power of your AN-SOF simulations! This article explores the software's data export features, enabling you to seamlessly transfer results to spreadsheets for further analysis, report generation, and clear communication of your antenna design findings.

The Scilab script shown in this video, Isocontours script, is ready to use together with AN-SOF. It allows us to plot level curves or isocontours of a field pattern.

It is important to have control over the scales of the graphs for a better presentation and interpretation of the results. We can adjust the maximum and minimum values of the color bar in AN-3D Pattern to obtain increments in multiples of 5 or the value we want.