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Questions about the design, selection, building, testing, mounting, or properties of antennas. See also specific tags: [antenna-theory], [antenna-construction], [dipole], etc.

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G5RV Jr. fed with ladder line and coax

I am a new ham and I was just given a G5RV Jr. I have about 20 feet of coax plus about 60 feet of 450 ohm ladder line I can feed it with. Can I extend the G5RV Jr. feed line with the ladder line I ...
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Is a copper J-Pole antenna better than a Slim Jim for transmitting?

I live in a fairly sheltered valley but there are several hill-top VHF repeaters that I can receive very well. However the one repeater in particular I want to transmit to, I can't reach well. I ...
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True near field distance for a short monopole antenna?

Antenna properties: Height x Diameter = 3.3 inches x 1.4 inches Test Frequency: 900 MHz (Wavelength = 33 cm or 13 inches) I see some conflicting formulas to calculate the near field distance for ...
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Is this a broadcasting antenna?

We bought an old house and found an antenna inside the attic of the house. I don't know much about antennas or radio but searching in Google I found a similarly shaped one and it describes it as a ...
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Improving coverage of AIS receiving station

I have just set up my first AIS receiving station with compliments of Marinetraffic.com. They have supplied me with a Comar SLR350Ni receiver and a http://www.sirioantenne.it/en/products/vhf/gp-3-e ...
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Can I build a radio telescope out of a parabolic TV satellite dish?

I have the possibility to buy a very inexpensive 2.4m parabolic satellite dish and I would like to build a radio telescope from it. Originally this dish was designed to be a satellite TV antenna. ...
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Mounting a J-Pole and Yagi on the same mast

I have two 2-meter antennas, a copper J-Pole and a Hy-Gain VB-25FM. The J-Pole is my all-around antenna, what I use for general 2 meter stuff like connecting to my local repeaters using my main 2-...
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Why does not a bigger antenna receive more power?

According to http://www.antenna-theory.com/basics/aperture.php, the power received by an antenna depends on the power density of the incoming wave, the wave length (which I consider to be fixed) and ...
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Why would a nearby antenna cause intermittent transmission?

I'm having an issue with some handheld transmitters, and not sure if they're bad, or the newly-installed antenna is bad, or if this even makes sense. I've been using a handheld Icom aviation radio (...
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Signal path to maximize RFI rejection in an urban environment

Urban ham here (Cambridge, MA - FN42ki - KC1JZE) looking for tips to make this hobby possible in the city. I rarely can hear both sides of HF phone transmissions, and have yet to make contacts despite ...
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Benefit to remote antenna tuner for end-fed non-resonant antenna?

Does addition of a remote feed-point antenna tuner affect the use of the coax braid as a radiator? If it no longer "radiates" in such a setup, what does? Is a shack or remote tuner better for ...
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What type of this antenna is it?

Could you please tell me which kind of this antenna is? I supposed it is a modified dipole, but not quite sure. Is there any available equation for calculating the original dimensions of this type of ...
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What does an antenna range really mean?

When I hear that a base camp antenna has a range of 15-50 Miles does that mean it could reach a radio with a small antenna within that range, or that it would need to reach a radio with the same ...
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Is it possible to get a set of radios that will work 10 Miles in suburbs? [duplicate]

I don’t have much experience with radios, but I was wondering if it would possible to have two CB or GMRS radios that will connect to each other over 8-12 Miles og distance? My budget is about $175. ...
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Could I expect 12 mile range with the GXT1000VP4 radios?

I’m considering buying a Midland GXT1000VP4 radio set from amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001WMFYH4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_6BfmBbBQZ5VBY In Suburban Pennsylvania how much range could I expect ...
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4G extension cable and antenna height?

I have recently bought a 4g Sim Card Router (TP-Link mr6400) and a 4g exterior LTE Antenna. With testing I have now doubled my connection speed. To go one step further, I am looking at the possibility ...
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Can the Q of a loop antenna be changed?

Can the Q of a loop antenna be changed? If so what are some common techniques? (Formulae appreciated).
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Two way ham radio to communicate between two stations

Apologies if this not the right place for this question. I'm into electronics and now endeavouring into radios and communications. Unfortunately I'm not sure what terms to use to find what I'm ...
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Current flow in a coaxial cable

I was wondering how the current flows in a coaxial cable. Say for instance that the inner conductor transfers the signal, so there flows a current. How will in the outer conductor(shield), flow a ...
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Poor reception on single AM channel

My car stereo has terrible reception on a single AM station. Other cars get the signal fine and other channels on radio are received fine. I have contemplated some sort of booster for the antenna or ...
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Is there any downside to consolidating on BNC connectors for HF?

I'm new to ham and quickly finding that the new and old equipment I'm accumulating at an alarming rate has an equally alarming array of connectors: UHF PL-259 BNC SMA Type N Is there any downside to ...
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Removing the whip on a 2m/70cm antenna makes no difference

Today I was trying to measure the SWR of a new aerial on my car which has 3 loading coils. Whilst doing this I took the whip out on the top to see how drastically I might have needed to cut the ...
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How the performance of the half wave dipole antenna changes as the length changes?

I have been doing some research online and I found that some sources say if you have a full wave dipole antenna, there would be no transmission on the other hand some sources say that this is not true....
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Input and output impedance of antenna/circuit: theory and measurement methods?

As illustrated in my previous post, I got stuck with the matching circuit between an receiving antenna and my circuit, including a rectifier and sensory circuits. I got confused with input and output ...
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Impedance matching between antenna and load - Theory and Practice?

I'm trying to do impedance matching between my PCB antenna and my circuit. My PCB antenna has a measured impedance of 49.4 - j8.1 ohms. The operating frequency is 915 MHz. The goal of matching is to ...
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Is a J-pole an appropriate antenna for mounting to a steel handrail?

Last year, a group of us placed a battery-powered 2m digipeater using a J-pole antenna on a mountaintop. We're planning on doing the same this year except we plan to use a surge arrestor from the feed ...
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Will stainless steel bolts work with my copper antenna?

My antenna is copper, elements and the beam. I would like to bolt them together where they cross. Would stainless bolts work? Just sweating them together lets them twist and move some in high winds.
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One dipole for multiple bands?

I've just get my license, and I'm reviewing some equipend my father in law had when he passed away. I have found a dipole antenna with 15m aprox in each side, so, 60m band antenna. It feels weird to ...
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How should I select an HF antenna for portable work?

I'd like to get started doing portable HF work and I'd like some information on antenna possibilities. My broad (and somewhat flexible) criteria are: By "portable" I mean it can be carried in a ...
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Required length for 20 meter end fed aerial [duplicate]

I have an 40 meter end-fed aerial 66 feet long. Can this be shortened to tune to 20 meters (say 28ft), as I need it to be resonant on 20 or 40 for QRP work. The question is, What would be the required ...
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Antenna suggestions for 160m band in smallish yard?

I have a decent-sized but not huge yard (roughly 50x100' / 15x30m) and I'd like to get on the 160-metre band. It's hard enough to get out on this band so I'm looking to do something reasonably ...
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Antenna Patterns and Multipath Effect

It's said that in order to decrease multi-path effects on receiving antennas that your antenna pattern should have a sharp slope near the horizon. Why? for example this is article mentioned it.(...
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Skin effect - rough versus polished surface

Considering "skin effect", does the surface finish of Aluminum tubing have any practical effect on antenna efficiency at HF frequencies (5-30 MHz)? For example: Aluminum tubing as manufactured - rough ...
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Microstrip Loop Antenna Design

I am trying to design a loop antenna for operation at 2.4 GHz, I would like for it to have above 2.5 dB gain at 2.4 GHz and have relatively good return loss (<-10 dB). I have started my design as ...
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Can a CB SWR meter be used for HF amateur bands?

I have a basic CB SWR meter, I can’t see any reason why it can’t be used on other HF bands and be at least indicative of what the SWR is, even if the absolute power measurement is inaccurate. Is this ...
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HF SWL antenna wire? Will plain 16-Gauge copper wire work well enough?

Planning to set up a HF antenna for RX-only. However, I can't decide what kind of wire to use. I want to buy something new. My first thought is to buy a spool of 16 Gauge copper wire, but am hoping ...
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Stabilization of an antenna pole with anchoring cables

I am mounting my first antenna. It is a TRAM 1481 (about 16' height), which will be placed on a 20' pole, on my home's flat roof (about 25' height). To properly stabilize the pole/antenna: - How far ...
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Will an iron chimney work well as an antenna?

There is an iron chimney near my house that is not used anymore. It is ~15 meters in length and ~0.5 meter in diameter. How good will it be as an antenna for rtl-sdr?
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Distance of Received Signals

I received two UV5R plus radios a couple of years ago as a gift to use for hunting. I've never used them, but I now have time on my hands due to some medical issues so figured I'd play around with ...
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How can I calculate the 1/4-wave monopole impedance dependence on groundplane angle?

I watched this video of a very nice explanation of a simple dipole and 1/4-wave monopole. In that video they show how you can impedance match the 1/4-wave monopole by bending the 4 (virtual ground ...
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Antenna installation for a base station

I have a detached garage that is approximately 15 feet high. The garage is approximately 20 feet from my home I will be using a Kenwood D-710GA radio, a Grandmaster SWR Meter and a 6 foot comet GP-3 ...
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If i connect two antennas to one radio using a t connector will it work?

If I connect two antennas to one radio using a t connector will it work? If a connect 2 antennas (a mag mount + a dipole?) to the same radio with an adapter will it work normally on 2M band and will ...
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Is a “shorted” coax feedline ok for a G5RV type antenna?

I have "inherited" what I believe to be a G5RV antenna with two 51 foot wire centerfed radiators. If I remember correctly from measuring 2 months ago, there is about 31 feet of 450 ohm ladderline ...
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How to design a meander antenna for 2 meter band?

How should I start if I want to design a compact antenna for 2 meter band using the principle of meander antenna? I noticed meander antennas are frequently used in mobile devices and notebooks for 2.4 ...
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Could I run a Zepp antenna from a telegraph pole underneath a mains cable?

I'm new to the forum, and I've been advised that this is a good place to get experienced opinion. I lived in a three storey terraced house in Mid Wales. It is terraced on three sides with the house on ...
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Coax cable as antenna for 5 watt handy

For a normal 5 watt handy working in VHF or UHF freq with 50 ohm antenna , is it possible to use a same length coax cable instead of a stub antenna, so as to work like a crude antenna. Will this only ...
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Turn 75 Ω TV “Rabbit Ears” with a balun into a 50 Ω dipole antenna

I got myself a TV "Rabbit Ears" module originally for a TV. It came with a small length of coax, permanently attached to the antenna foot, and a Belling-Lee connector on the other end. My idea was to ...
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Slot antenna for 2 meter mobile

My primary vehicle is a Smart car, with a roof that's a piece of plastic(100% moon roof). Not the most awesome of cars to use for grounds. I'm building a bumper mounted antenna tower, EMT with some ...
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Not-too-distant saltwater ground

Problem I'm planning on mounting a vertical HF multiband antenna on the edge of my roof. Due to the presence of a paved walkway and some other similar property constraints, I have no room for ...
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Communications : Ground wave propagation

I was studying ground wave propagation, my book writes the lines about it without explaining it. I really do not know any explanation for these queries coming in my mind. I've Googled it, and you will ...