Vivaldi Antenna Cutouts or Transfers for SDR

I've been watching folks discuss RFSPACE's Vivaldi antenna's on Twitter a lot over the past few weeks and became interested in witnessing the performance of this type of antenna for myself, but I can never catch them with any in stock. So I decided to make a few of my own to use with my N3 SDR, AirSpy Mini, and RTL-SDRs.

I searched high and low online for some designs to use with no luck. So, like I normally do, I jump right in and see how bad I can screw it up on my own! 

At a recent hamfest I aquired a good amount of different sized copper PCB for nearly nothing ($10 for roughly ~20 lbs or so of boards). I originally made the designs to use with the toner transfer method, but was convinced by Adam to try the scissor/cutout method. Among all that PCB were some 25.5cm x 18cm "scissor cut" boards that would be a good start. My initial target is for the L-Band, Inmarsat and Irridium primarily, and work up from there. 

I've downloaded several PDF's on the subject of Vivaldi's and their types and designs but have yet to read them. I jumped right in using Gimp and Paint as that is what I had available at the time. The files below may or may not work at my targeted frequencies, but a person has to start somewhere. I'll do some reading on those PDFs this week. 

Contructive cristicism is more than welcome in the comments.

File sizes on the two larger ones at 18cm x 25cm, you may want to reduce them in your image program to suite your material or frequency needs. I'd smooth the internal edges out at production time, depending on your method. I'll add better designed ones in the future, so check back if interested.

Hopefully you'll find these useful.

73 for now. Chris – KD0CQ

About the Author

Chris - KD0CQ (formerly KB0TLW) has held an amateur (ham) radio license since 1994 and is stubbornly grasping onto his Advanced class operator status. His professional experience includes Network and Systems Administrator, Network Security, and Electronics Engineer. Sometimes even a little bit of web development. mail: chris at kd0cq dot com

1 Comment on "Vivaldi Antenna Cutouts or Transfers for SDR"

  1. duncan hislop | March 24, 2018 at 8:27 am | Reply

    I am also trying to receive L band Inmarsat TX, my patch works okay but this one looks good too.
    The dimensions for the middle cutout works out as 105cm high by 145cm long when I print it out, is this correct?
    73 Duncan Hislop

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