In its current form, IEEE Std 149 “IEEE Standard Test Procedures for Antennas” is a marginally useful document. While the standard is a good source for interesting and pertinent information, the document has not undergone a significant update since 1979. The changes to the new version of the IEEE Std 149 will make the document an essential reference in any laboratory that conducts antenna measurements.
Unlike so many technologies in use today, horn antenna history actually started more than a hundred years ago. This short article introduces the reader to the history of horns from the early experiments of radio pioneers to the “horn boom” during the 1940s and 1950s. The article ends with the latest evolution of horn antennas.