Thursday, May 12, 2016

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--The Half Square Wire Antenna for 10 MHz (and more). Post #773.


If you're having trouble viewing this video, please insert this title link into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?=v4x5inJcajw.  Another great antenna tutorial from Peter Parker (VK3YE).  In this video, Peter shows us how to design, build, test, and use a half-square antenna for the 10 meter amateur radio band.  Although half-square antennas are used for single bands, they can be used on several ham bands with a few modifications.  Peter set his antenna up on a nearby beach and got some interesting contacts with the Canary Islands (EA8AYT/M) on 10 meters, N1UP on 20 meters, and even a contact on 40 meters.  I'm sure Peter's proximity to the seashore helped launch his signal at a low angle.  Half-square antennas are easy to build, give a broadside signal, and offer a modest gain of between 2 and 3 dB over a dipole. Peter's antenna is easily made and can be use both at home or in the field.  For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.  Thanks for joining us today!  Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).