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A novel circularly polarized (CP) annular-ring microstrip antenna (ARMSA) is proposed for American ultrahigh frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) readers. The annular ring is fed by an equal-split power divider with 90° phase difference. For the compactness of the entire antenna, the divider with the shape of Archimedes gradual-change lines is designed at the inside of the annular ring. A circular parasitic patch is suspended above the ring to improve the impedance matching and bandwidth. It also enhances the performances of axial ratio (AR). The impedance bandwidth for S11 <; -10 dB and 3-dB AR bandwidth are 870-967 MHz (10.6% at 915 MHz) and 893-948 MHz (6%), respectively. The CP gain is 8.9 dBi at 915 MHz with the front-to-back ratio (F/B) of 16.5 dB. The proposed antenna is low profile as the total height is 0.043 λ0 (λ0 is the free-space wavelength).