Electronic – 434MHz PCB Trace Antenna Design


Can anyone provide a reference design for a 434 MHz PCB Trace Antenna? Is it just a matter of creating a snake trace pattern about 17cm long and slapping a ground plane under it (with a trace thickness for say 50 ohms characteristic impedance to the ground plane given the PCB thickness)?

The context is that I think I'm heading toward using a trace antenna with the RFM12B transceiver module en route to passing regulatory standards. I've been told that embedding the antenna in the PCB is an easier / lower cost path to certification than allowing for a whip (or other externally connected) antenna. Any advice or pointers would be most appreciated!

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