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Re: [TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 100, Issue 63

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 100, Issue 63
From: Jim Lux <>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 06:32:12 -0700
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On 4/24/11 10:21 PM, Richard (Rick) Karlquist wrote:
> A half wave vertical or a vertical dipole doesn't work well when
> elevated above ground because of reflection losses due to the
> Brewster angle.  This problem is independent of any problems
> with feeding it.  NEC may or may not model it correctly.
> Rick N6RK

really more the reflectivity of an interface between dielectrics being 
very high for waves polarized parallel to the interface (i.e. 
Horizontal) independent of incidence angle, but varying a lot for waves 
polarized perpendicular (i.e. Vertical).

Fresnel's equations can be used to find the reflected and transmitted 
wave intensity at an interface.

The Brewster angle is a point solution to the Fresnel equation where the 
reflection magnitude is zero. It really only occurs when going from one 
lossless medium into another.

The Pseudo Brewster Angle used in RF propagation is similar, and works 
with lossy media.  It's where the magnitude of the reflected wave 
(R-parallel) is minimum (as opposed to zero).  (or where the ratio of 
R-parallel to R-perpendicular is a minimum:  For RF over soil, 
R-perpendicular is pretty constant at -1, so it boils down to much the 
same thing)

NEC does properly model it when you calculate the far field pattern.

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