Date of Award

5-11-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Don Cripps

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to design a Yagi-­‐Uda antenna with a very high forward directivity. This antenna will be built to the parameters of the Motorola Razr v3 cellular phone. The designed antenna will have a much higher forward gain than the internal antenna in the phone. This means that when the antenna is connected it will have an improved range of reception as long as the antenna is pointing in the direction of a cell tower. The impact of this project is that the signal reception of a popular model of cell phone will be drastically improved. While it is not ideal to carry this rather awkward antenna around everywhere to improve the signal, it could easily be mounted to improve signal. When situations are encountered that the phone consistently exhibits poor reception this antenna could be used to boost the reception at that location.

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