Questions tagged [antenna-construction]

Materials and methods for building antennas, and design of supporting (non-conductive) structures. For design of antennas themselves, use [antenna-theory] instead.

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How to detect common-mode currents or “RF in the shack”?

Let's say we already know that if your antenna is not suitably constructed or connected then you can get current on the shield of your coaxial feed line which will flow through the shielding/grounding ...
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Can you use a satellite dish for a ham radio antenna?

Can I use a satellite dish as a ham radio antenna? I was thinking that because there are two unused, working satellite dishes that have all appropriate wires attached conveniently to the roof of my ...
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Can an HF antenna be put inside a tree?

There are some trees around with branchy tops that seem wider than half of 10M, maybe even half of 20M, and above the nearby rooftops. Can a wire dipole or a vertical be mounted inside a tree? If so,...
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Antenna traps - problem with frequency change

I built a two-band antenna (20 and 40m) with traps. I made the traps as a parallel LC circuit on the AL7 toroidal core (3 MHz - 40 MHz), I also used a 1KV ceramic capacitor. I've tuned everything up ...
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What might a “split-ring on a printed-circuit board” antenna for 144 MHz on a downward-looking Space Shuttle window look like? How big would it be?

This excellent answer to First Ham Radio contact from space; what frequency, what kind of antenna, and how did they route the coax out the window? in Space Exploration SE contains the block-quoted ...
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Hang wire antenna on TV antenna?

I have a TV antenna on the top of my house that I don't use. It is the highest point around so I would like to hang a wire antenna (for HF) on it. Is an inactive antenna going to cause any ...
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Good wire for wire antenna?

What properties should I look for in a good wire for building a wire antenna? Could anyone recommend something specific for me?
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Is spacing of fan dipoles necessary?

Is spacing of parallel dipoles necessary. Could they be banded together and then trimmed or is there some consideration, other than tuning, requiring separation. I was considering a fan dipole. I ...
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Unable to tune 20m vertical with trio of Hustler resonators on top

I just built a homebrew antenna that consists of a full-length quarter-wave vertical sized for 20m, with a "top hat" consisting of a Hustler VP-1 and trio of Hustler mobile resonators (RM-...
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antenna element with “doubled up” nested aluminum rods for added stiffness

I'm building a full-size quarter-wave 20m vertical antenna (approx. 18 feet long, plus a trio of Hustler mobile resonators at the top to add 30, 40, and 80 meters). To make the top 12-14 feet stiff ...
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Aluminum vs copper antenna element lengths

Does the particular metal used in antenna elements make any difference in element length or spacing, i.e. 1/2" aluminum tube vs 1/2" copper tube? I know that length and diameter have an effect on ...
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Is the Boom Strictly Necessary in a Vertical Dipole?

I'm planning to build a vertical dipole for 4m and a club member pointed out that my design needs to allow for a boom that should be at least a 1/4 wave long. Why does a vertical dipole need a boom ...
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Antenna options

I am considering a new ham station in a relatively urban environment on the South coast of England, and would like like some ideas / feedback on antenna options. Aim is to get reasonable performance ...
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1/8 wave 3-element 2m beam antenna

Here's what I am working on, and someone please tell me if I'm doing this right or wrong, but be kind and gentle. Center frequency 146.520MHz Driven element is 1/8 wave 10.25" long set at 6.125&...
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have an unwanted radio tower [closed]

I have a 190 foot tall am/fm radio tower I need to take down. Taking it down with big enough crane and manlifts and a torque crew will be quite expensive. It is a guyed lattice tower that if ...
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If a sealed, non-airtight pipe is used as antenna element, how big of a problem is condensate trapped inside?

I'm building a vertical antenna. The lowest portion of its element consists of 3/4" type M copper pipe, with end caps that will be soldered on and 3/8-24 screws poking through at both ends (so ...
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Trying to identify and understand this antenna design - ground independent dual band vertical

This is the insides of a common dual band antenna 2m/70cm, made by diamond or nagoya. its generally labelled as: 1/2 wave radialless (144MHz), 2 x 5/8 wave radialless (430MHz) Its meant to be ground ...
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Constructing a ground level antenna array to monitor radio frequencies using SDR

New to this community and also a newish Ham. Hello everyone. This question could easily have been posted under 'Astronomy', but I thought I would start here since Hams tend to be quite knowledgeable ...
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Biconical antennas - bandwidth and installation

I am posting this question (and its related question) here because of the unique expertise that Ham Radio Operators have as it relates to antennas. I'm a newish Ham and really appreciate your help ...
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High-Z RF amplifier for magloop RX vs Q-factor

I've noticed that increasing load on magloop reduces it's Q-factor, it becomes less selective. Traditional way to approach this is reducing size of pickup loop, or alternatively, using transformer. ...
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3 Band (80-40-20 Meter) Fan Dipole Tuning Question

I built a fan dipole according to the basic instructions in the SRI publication describing the theory and basic design. My questions is about next steps in tuning for the various bands. I am ...
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I have a 433MHz LoRa Dipole antenna mounted on a rocket. I am looking for a suitable Antenna to receive data from this. Any Suggestions?

The idea was to send GPS data from the rocket to the ground station at 433 MHz using a Lo Ra transmitter - mainly to help locate it once it lands and also to provide in-flight telemetry. I have a ...
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How is phone cable with iron called?

In in Russia I saw a phone cable called "field cable" (провод полевой П-274-М). It is a loosely twisted pair with some iron strains added alongside with copper ones. I tried to lookup ...
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Effect of paint / uv coating on velocity factor of PVC

I own an Ed Fong TBJ-1 antenna, which is like a twin-lead J-Pole with a coax stub and some inductors added. It's enclosed in an unfinished PVC pipe. I'm tempted to paint the PVC with non-conductive ...
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How to determine if my antenna is an effective radiator?

So I build an antenna, tune it with the SWR and make it look great for a 50 ohm load. That does not determine if it is good at getting a signal out or not, it could just be a 50 ohm dummy load. ...
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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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Loop Antenna Construction

I have a loop antenna. When I connect the probe from my oscilloscope, does the probe also act as an antenna? If so, how should I fix that? I read about feeding technique, but I still do not ...
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Electromagnetic signal from spark gap

I am a power electrical engineer college student, and I have a project to make an antenna for magnetic direction finding. My main topic is to detect lightning strikes, but its to hard due to ...
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Optimising a small magnetic loop with 1:1 SWR but little radiation

I'm trying to build a small magnetic loop for 5W on at least 40m - 20m following ideas of G4ILO's wonder loop. For this, I'm using coax with a ~2mm copper core and ~1mm spacing to the braid (see 1st ...
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horizontal EFHW antenna attached to gutter

I'm brainstorming methods of mounting an EFHW. Unfortunately, I have no trees, so I'm considering a horizontal gutter mount which would afford me about 70 feet. Is this workable or should I consider a ...
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How to calculate of shielded loop antenna correction factor without extra antenna measurements

A lot of article about 60 cm shielded loop antennas and how to measure antenna factor using antennas with already known antenna factor. But for example if I have one shielded loop antenna (...
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Recommendations for starting out with HF for an amateur

I'm a beginner who's nearly half a year from receiving my ham license in India. I want to start with HF radio and wish to build my own rig. Currently I have looked and multiple designs using the ...
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Magnetic loop antenna: Which side of conductor is the current due to skin effect?

Contemplating a big magnetic loop antenna. Would a wide copper strip be better than a tube with the same conducting surface? Where will all the current be due to the skin effect? Would a flat ring be ...
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Antenna Mast near EFHW Inverted L

I have an EFHW 40-10 in inverted L configuration on a fiberglass mast. I'd like to put an aluminum push-up mast nearby for a 6 meter antenna. How close can I get to the EFHW with the push-up mast? ...
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Recommendation for hobbyist flight computer radio antenna

I'm a CS college student working on the flight computer of my Rocketry Club's rocket. My flight computer has a 915MHz radio transceiver, and it needs to transmit data to my computer with another radio ...
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How many turns of wire inside 60 cm shielded loop antenna (9kHz - 30 MHz). How can I find this number without destroying the antenna?

Lots of information about shielded loop antennas is available on the internet. However, antenna manufacturers do not indicate the number of turns. How can I find the number of turns of a manufactured ...
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Heat-shrink as dielectric for bazooka balun?

I'm intending to make a sleeve balun (aka bazooka) for 2m, but rather than keep the lossy coax jacket as a dielectric (I have some RG58), was considering to remove it and replace it with heat shrink ...
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Substitute a car roof with radials?

I have a K40 Plus CB antenna, which is supposed to be attached to a car roof for the ground plane. However, I would like to set this up as a base antenna. Could I instead attach the ground to separate ...
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60cm 9 kHz 30 MHz Shielded loop antenna behavior as a transmitting antenna

I know how shielded loop antenna work as a receiver antenna. (How behave electric and magnetic field). But I can not understand how shielded loop antenna works as a transmitter. Will it produce only ...
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Ground-Plane radial sizing, is there such thing as too long?

I'm just trying to make sure I understand the theory correctly. I have some triband VHF/UHF/800MHz antennas, I need to mount on a tower so I plan on using a "mobile to base" conversion kit. ...
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Yagi Antenna - Elements Length

I am currently modeling a yagi antenna using Matlab and after I optimized the antenna, it gave me a director length shorter than the exciter itself (even if the optimization gave me a good gain). From ...
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Significance of 1/4 wavelength with respect to antennas

I am a new to the radio design field. My question is, 'What is so significant about 1/4 wavelength with respect to antennas.' From the information I have gathered from various sources, it is my ...
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How to stabilize an antenna

I have an antenna on a building. It is made of steel and is about 10ft long. It wobbles a bit in high winds. It is not going to do a Tacoma Narrows but it is a bit annoying. Can I tie stainless steel ...
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Is an antenna analyzer necessary for building antennas?

I'd like to try my hand at building a few antennas for VHF/UHF use. I'm going to be going approximately from established designs, but obviously the final result will require some tuning. I don't ...
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How does an E-Z-O Antenna work and why does it appear in Wikipedia's article on quad antennas?

How are the conductors/radiators in the E-Z-O Antenna configured, and why is it described in Wikipedia's article Quad antenna? I see three circles and a spider web of wires inside each, but from an ...
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what frequencies is this antenna cut for?

I just bought a magnet-mount whip antenna at a garage sale. It has no brand markings anywhere on it. it is 32" long overall but is broken up into three segments by what appear to be two small ...
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How to match transmitter to Beverage antenna

Beverage antenna consist of pair of transmission lines - one being the "antenna proper", the other ground. The antenna is being fed via open feed line ( approximately 450 Ohms ) - one side ...
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Omni 144 MHz antenna

I plan to build omni antenna. My goal all about better gain versus a 1/4 wave antenna. I am curious about radial position of the legendary ARX2B Ringo Ranger. Why is the position in below feed point? ...
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Built a 2 meter 5 element Yagi

Straight dipoles. I can't get the Yagi to tune. I have tried the 4:1 Balun method with coax but not able to tune. With the straight unbalanced input to the dipole I get a 1:1 swr on about 129 MHz ...
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Pondering variations on the vertical bazooka antenna

I've seen these antennas built out of coax that are called a bazooka vertical. It's a kind of 1/4 wave vertical, or perhaps a 1/2 wave dipole. Constructing such an antenna is to roll back the outer ...

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