Monday, August 1, 2016

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--Top Five Get-On-The-Air Quickly Ham Radio Antennas. Post #853

Top Five Get-On-The-Air Quickly Ham Radio Antennas
(http://www.donkeith.com/n4kc/article.php?p=22).
Accessed on 01 August 2016, 19:13 hrs, UTC.
Author:  Don Keith (N4KC).
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Here's another fascinating and enlightening antenna article from Don Keith (N4KC).

In this essay, Don describes five easily- made, simple, and inexpensive antennas that will get you on the air quickly after you've passed your amateur radio license exam.  These antennas can be made from locally available materials or from parts bought from the nearest hardware or home improvement outlet. You won't need expensive test equipment or tools to design, build, and use these basic HF antennas. All you need is an inquiring mind and the willingness to invest a few hours in making something that will work the first time. Don provides a simple formula for designing your antenna and outlines the pros and cons of each antenna in the article.

According to Don, here are the five basic antenna types that will get you on the air quickly:

The half-wave wire dipole.

The doublet with parallel feedline.

The quarter-wave vertical.

The horizontal loop.

The often maligned, but effective G5RV.

For each antenna, Don describes the basic theory and construction steps needed to build the antenna.  He also lists the advantages and disadvantages of each antenna.

In my 39 years as a licensed amateur radio operator, I've built variations of each of these antennas and wasn't disappointed by any of them.  They performed as expected and served me well over the past four decades.  I still use a 80-meter doublet fed with 450 ohm feedline as my backup antenna.  I've found an inverted V dipole useful in situations where space is limited.  Any one of these antennas can get you on the air quickly and easily.  Don't delay--build one of these antennas today and join your fellow radio amateurs on the air.

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