HF Antenna Design for Skyana

ECE 499
Group 2

About the Team

Ethan Herndier

Chase Ackinclose

Jordan Sylvain-Stewart

Kateryna Maksymenko

Gurmaan Brar

Ethan Herndier

I am a 4th-year student in my last semester of a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree at UVic. I have completed my co-ops at Teck Metals as a Control Systems Engineer. In this role, I conducted project scope and design documents to determine the implementation of different fiber and control system-type projects. Before that, I worked at New Gold as a Tailings Quality Control and Field Instrumentation Co-op. These roles include ensuring proper technical documentation (inspections) and collecting and monitoring data collected using a variety of instruments (data loggers, inclinometers & TDRs). My experience with RF systems and antennas is mainly through ECE 350 Communications Theory and Systems, which I took with Peter Driessen. During that class, we worked on an airplane tracking project to determine the largest distance we could monitor an airplane. I took ECE 453 Antennas and Propagation the previous semester, and I am currently taking ECE 404 Microwaves and Fiber Optics. It was very exciting to learn more about HF antenna design and do some research working on this project.

Chase Ackinclose

I am a fourth year electrical student currently completing my last co-op as a firmware developer at Reliable Controls. My role there is to implement features, fix bugs, and test for conformance to industry communication standards. My only experience related to RF systems comes from ECE 350 before this project. I enjoyed the content of this class and I found the extra opportunities such as the amateur radio certification and tour of the radio lab very beneficial for my interest in the subject. Jordan and I were partners for the labs and both of the projects for this class. The two projects required researching and building antennas to use with an SDR. Jordan and I built two types of antennas for each project and tested them to see which was better for our application. We built both a quarter-wavelength radial spider and a half-wavelength coaxial collinear for capturing the 1090MHz ADS-B signal for the airplane tracking project. For the shortwave project, we ended up using a half-wavelength dipole antenna to capture on the 20m band and ended up receiving a signal from Argentina as our furthest. We would have tried different or more sophisticated receivers if time had allowed.

Jordan Sylvain-Stewart

I am a fourth-year student studying computer engineering. I have completed a co-op at Wisertech Marine Solutions. During my time at Wisertech, I worked on a sailing assistant system and solar-tracking photovoltaic mounts for sailboats. I gained a lot of knowledge about prototyping and testing with microcontrollers, various sensors, and DC motors. Similar to Chase, the majority of my experience with RF systems comes from ECE 350 taught by Dr. Peter Driessen. I thoroughly enjoyed the class as well as working on the airplane tracking and shortwave radio projects. As Chase mentioned, we built multiple antennas for each project and achieved good results but would have liked to construct better receivers had we had the time. 

Kateryna Maksymenko

I am a fourth year electrical engineering student in my last semester. During my first co-op, I worked at FortisBC (Gas) in the Electrical & Instrumentation department. I updated Issued for Construction to Record Drawing packages based on information from site visits and installation notes. I also designed ground control mats to ensure equipment protection and personnel safety. In my second co-op, I worked at FortisBC (Electric) in the Electrical Maintenance Planning group where my main focus was on commissioning, maintaining and evaluating distribution/transmission substation equipment. I delivered condition assessment reports indicating equipment health, probability of failure, and risk/liabilities. While I did not have significant experience with RF systems, apart from taking Communications Theory and Systems I (ECE 350), I was prepared to do the necessary research that would help the team to complete this project.

Gurmaan Brar

I am a 4th year electrical engineering student in my last semester of my degree. I completed my 16 months of co-op at Western Pacific Enterprises working on commercial electrical projects. I was part of the project management team working on procurement, design assist and quality assurance. My experience in RF systems ranges from personal passion projects such as building a drone from scratch and taking courses like ECE 453, ECE 404 and ECE 456. This project helped my knowledge of antenna design and radio communications.