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I wanted to include the gain equation, but ended up re-writing the article to add links to other antenna topics. My apologies to the original author for this usurpation. Also, it tacked my IP address on as my username rather than k7jeb, which I got after the article went to press. Jim, K7JEB, amateur radio...
I made some corrections to the part about off-set and Cassegrain antennas. Miikka - the off-set antenna feed does illuminate the entire reflector PLEASE NOTE. The diagram showing the three antenna types should identify the bottom antenna as Gregorian and not Cassegrain (see my edits). I don't have a graphics editor here that handles .PNG files, so I was not able to correct the diagram.
Regards, KI6JA - Sherrel 04:39, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
This page needs a major edit. Perhaps sections could be written on parabolic antennas used specificly with radio-astronomy, Wi-Fi and satellite-tv, them being the most common applications currently. I added a few basic drawings as well as paragraphs on structure and feeding. Also a description and comparison of general antenna characteristics should be added. Again from different perspectives: professional, amateur-radio, military signal and consumer equipment... OH3GPJ --Miikka Raninen 23:23, 14 April 2006 (UTC)
It seems to me that, rather than focus on individual applications of this antenna type, the article should draw together the common features exhibited across the application-specific designs. The fields of application should be mentioned in passing, but not have individual paragraphs dedicated to them.
But this being Wikipedia, there's nothing stopping anyone from adding whatever points they feel are necessary to the article. Jim, K7JEB 01:09, 16 April 2006 (UTC)
There are no units, and the units of gain are often ambiguous (dB's?) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 09:18, 8 April 2010 (UTC) this happens
Parabolic "antenna" vs. parabolic reflector, or perhaps parabolic dish?
Since the parabolic dish in this context serves only a reflector of RF energy, you should consider changing the actual title to either of these terms, since both are more accurate than "parabolic antenna." The actual antenna (i.e. the RF transducer) is usually placed at the focus. The reason that this matters is because the parabolic dish shape will bring many forms of collimated energy to a focus - light, sound, radiowaves, etc. This is one of the reasons that RF reflectors are never left shiny or painted with glossy paint - the heat generated by reflected and focused sunlight could destroy an LNA! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 18:50, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
The usage in electrical engineering is "parabolic antenna". Also, as you point out, "parabolic reflectors" and "parabolic dishes" are used with many types of radiation. If the contents of this article, and all the other uses of parabolic reflectors, such as reflecting telescopes and parabolic microphones, were merged into the Parabolic reflector article, it would be huge and confusing. This article's scope is limited to radio wave antennas that use parabolic reflectors, and there is certainly enough content in this topic to merit a separate article. --ChetvornoTALK 21:40, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
Technically, the antenna is the driven element at the focus of the parabola. However, the driven element of a yagi for example is not considered the only part of the antenna with the rest just being reflectors, etc., so I suppose the driven element of the dish plus the dish is fair to consider as an "antenna system" shortened to antenna... --ssd (talk) 14:51, 14 April 2013 (UTC)