Patent Number: 6,683,570

Title: Compact multi-band antenna

Abstract: The invention is a multi-band antenna in which two, three or more antennas are contained within a single housing/radome. Two top-loaded monopole antennas are nested together with one of the antennas being positioned between the ground plate and top plate of the other antenna. Inductive shunts for counteracting the capacitance in the two top-loaded monopole antennas can be provided by hollow conductive tubes in order to help the antenna more closely emulate a purely resistive 50 ohm impedance. A third, microstrip antenna may be positioned on top of the top conductive plate of the outer top-loaded monopole antenna. The cable for the microstrip antenna is routed through the ground plate and top plate of at least one of the top-loaded antennas and through the inside of one of the hollow inductive shunts.

Inventors: Skladany; James Matthew (Somersworth, NH), Laubner; Thomas S. (Merrimac, MA)

Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation

International Classification: H01Q 21/28 (20060101); H01Q 1/32 (20060101); H01Q 9/36 (20060101); H01Q 21/00 (20060101); H01Q 9/04 (20060101); H01Q 21/30 (20060101); H01Q 5/00 (20060101); H01Q 001/36 ()

Expiration Date: 01/27/2012