Can I increase the signal strength by combining two radio transmitters with an antenna? İt has only one oscillator and two transmitter circuit. Same signal. I connect antenna coil together in one antenna .

  • \$\begingroup\$ Maybe but maybe not legally. \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Nov 21, 2020 at 11:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ Perhaps if you were more specific in your question about what EXACTLY you are doing. \$\endgroup\$
    – jwh20
    Nov 21, 2020 at 11:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you don't get the combiner exactly rght there is a danger the two transmitters will cancel each other out and decrease the signal strength. \$\endgroup\$
    – user16324
    Nov 21, 2020 at 11:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MuratÖzen Waves can combine to reinforce, or to cancel. You need to manage the path lengths between the single oscillator and the combiner. \$\endgroup\$
    – Neil_UK
    Nov 21, 2020 at 12:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ @jcaron - Well, OP did say something about a "patent for this frequency" :-). \$\endgroup\$
    – SteveSh
    Nov 21, 2020 at 14:26

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Lets use a contrived example. Say your transmitters are operating at 10 MHz. Wavelength at 10 MHz is 30m (meters). If we assume the two transmitters are phase together correctly, and if the path length (cable) distance from the transmitters to the antenna are different by 15m, this results in a 180 deg phase shift at the antenna between the two signals, which results in 100% cancellation of the signal.

At 10 MHz, obviously, you should be able to match the cable lengths much better than that so theoretically, assuming you combine the two signals correctly at the antenna, you should be able to achieve a 2X (3 dB) increase in output power.

Now let's go up in frequency to 10 GHz (radar territory). Wavelength at 10 GHz is now 0.02997m, or 1.18in. At this frequency the path lengths (assuming everything else is equal) needs to be matched to within a couple of tenths of an inch for the combining to work. If they differ by ~0.6 in, then the two signals will again cancel at the antenna due to the 180 deg phase difference between the two signals.

Note that in the RF/microwave world, it is very common to parallel amplifiers to achieve the needed power output. But a great deal of care is taken to assure that the signals combine in phase, which includes identical amplifiers and careful attention to the path lengths and the combiner.


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