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If you have a large yard and a few tall trees, you may want to build this 80 meter half square antenna from Don Johnson (N4DJ). With HF propagation now favoring the 160, 80, and 40 meter bands, the half square antenna should be in your basic antenna tool kit. Although the dimensions of this antenna are a bit large, the payoff in DX contacts should negate any questions about using it.
Don says "My 80 meter bent half square was probably the best antenna I ever had..." He had the antenna facing broadside to Europe from his Hampton, Virginia QTH and collected many strong contacts.
Don takes you through the design, construction, and use process of this excellent DX antenna. Don adds that you must get the top portion of the antenna rather high for it to hit the 15-degree radiation angle for good DX contacts. While the half square isn't for everyone, it could be an excellent antenna for the upcoming ARRL Field Day in June.
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