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How an antenna receives signal?

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July 27, 2011 12:13PM

An antenna is built and tuned specifically to resonate at a certain frequency or set of frequencies. In receiving, this resonance will appear as an RF voltage across the antenna, or between the antenna and ground. This RF voltage is usually modulated in order to carry information, for example a radio station. You generally use a receiver of some kind to "decode" this information, and make it usable to humans again, for example, play the music as audio through a loudspeaker.