Fractals are more than just intricate shapes and appealing pictures. They encompass our lives, appearing in places as tiny as blood vessels and as widespread as the patterns of tree branches. Yet, what is a fractal? Mathematically, a fractal is described as a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole.
As far as telecommunications, fractal-shaped antennas have greatly reduced the size and the weight of the antennas for a given frequency of use. Practical shrinkage of 2-4 times is realizable for acceptable performance, and has eliminated the need for the bulky antennas of the past.
However, fractal antennas plugged into HDTV televisions, or even other types with the aid of a converter box, can receive several local channels, free of charge and completely legal.Throughout our project, we will show you how to build your very own fractal antennas from three different materials.
Step 1: Gathering Materials
Description of Total List of Materials Used
Small Roll of Lead-Free Solder (Most Effective)- (Quantity: 1)
Small Sheet of Plexiglas- 1/4" thickness (Quantity: 2)
Roll of Aluminum Wrap- (Quantity: 2)
Soldering Iron and Station- An individual Soldering Pen costs approximately half of the price of a Soldering Iron replete with a station. However, we used a soldering iron with the temperature station.
Wood (Squares)- Dependent on quality, but can be obtained for 38 cents per square foot. (Quantity 1)
Roll of Insulated Copper/Silver Wire- The cost is dependent on brand and quality. Non-insulated wire would be an option as well if it were thick enough. (Quantity: 1)
Small bag of Screws- (Quantity: 1)
Manila Folder- (Quantity: 2)
Graphing Paper- (Quantity: 2-4)
Stapler (Quantity: 1)
Pencil- (Quantity: 1)
Scissors- (Quantity: 1)