I'm trying to improve the range on my 433 MHz radios and came across http://www.att.com/edo/en_US/pdf/AntennaFundamentals.pdf. (Geez, there's so much RF information in many bits and pieces, if only there were a more complete source somewhere)
Section 3.2 talks about antenna efficiency and defines it to be the amount of power that is radiated by the antenna (excluding the reflections to the signal source and the power absorbed by nearby objects).
Is this the reason why most PCB designs put the antenna at a corner of the board? So that less of the power will be absorbed by the board? The reason why I ask this is that our current board does something like this:
My initial thought is that the power absorbed by the board is directional. Or in other words, the size optimization that we did by putting the antenna directly behind the board should not affect the antenna efficiency in the directions away from the board. Does this theory make sense? If so, why does everyone isolate their antenna? Is it just for a more omnidirectional radiation pattern?