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Isotropic electron beams are considered to explain the excitation of whistler waves which have been observed by the STEREO satellite in the Earth's radiation belt. Aside from their large amplitudes (~240 mV/m), another main signature is the strongly inclined propagation direction relative to the ambient magnetic field. Electron temperature anisotropy with <I>T</I><sub>e⊥</sub>><I>T</I><sub>e||</sub>, which preferentially generates parallel propagating whistler waves, can be excluded as a free energy source. The instability arises due to the interaction of the Doppler-shifted cyclotron mode ω=−Ω<sub>e</sub>+<I>kV</I><sub>b</sub>cosθ with the whistler mode in the wave number range of <I>kc</I>/ω<sub>e</sub>≤1 (θ is the propagation angle with respect to the background magnetic field direction, ω<sub>e</sub> is the electron plasma frequency and Ω<sub>e</sub> the electron cyclotron frequency). Fluid and kinetic dispersion analysis have been used to calculate the growth rate of the beam-excited whistlers including the most important parameter dependencies. One is the beam velocity (<I>V</I><sub>b</sub>) which, for instability, has to be larger than about 2<I>V</I><sub>Ae</sub>, where <I>V</I><sub>Ae</sub> is the electron Alfvén speed. With increasing <I>V</I><sub>Ae</sub> the propagation angle (θ) of the fastest growing whistler waves shifts from θ~20° for <I>V</I><sub>b</sub>=2<I>V</I><sub>Ae</sub> to θ~80° for <I>V</I><sub>b</sub>=5<I>V</I><sub>Ae</sub>. The growth rate is reduced by finite electron temperatures and disappears if the electron plasma beta (β<sub>e</sub>) exceeds β<sub>e</sub>~0.2. In addition, Gendrin modes (<I>kc</I>/ω<sub>e</sub>≈1) are analyzed to determine the conditions under which stationary nonlinear waves (whistler oscillitons) can exist. The corresponding spatial wave profiles are calculated using the full nonlinear fluid approach. The results are compared with the STEREO satellite observations.