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The generation of nulls in an antenna pattern by controlling the phase and amplitude of the subarray output signals is investigated. Although the nulls may be formed with any number of subarrays, the subarray configuration and desired null location have a major impact on the distortion in the far-field pattern that results. The distortion problem resulting from subarray nulling is well-known, but little theoretical analysis has been done to explain the cause of the distortion. A theoretical and graphical explanation of why the distortion occurs is offered.