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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440MHz collinear dipole array - suitable coax?

friends! Finally found my next antenna project..a collinear dipole array for the 70cm US ham band. The general idea: (image courtesy https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-981-...
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Commercial Loopstick Antenna Manufacturers?

I am an electrical engineer working on a product that needs a loopstick antenna. I had thought that AM radios were so commoditized that I'd be able to find an off-the-shelf vendor. However the closest ...
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What is the maximum antenna cable length allowed in GNSS application?

I am beginner in designing GNSS receiver design and facing concern while testing the high precision GNSS survey.I am using GNSS survey grade antenna for my GNSS receiver application testing, the ...
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Lightning protection for a vent stack antenna

I've seen ham radio antennas that slide over a vent stack. The usually way to connect them to the transceiver is to lay the feedline across the roof. However, the manufacturer provides instructions ...
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How can a vertical Yagi for 10 m be mounted on on a vertical metal mast and be made to work properly? [duplicate]

From a reply to a previous post I've been told that a horizontal tube half a wavelength long mounted right at the junction between the boom on a vertically mounted yagi and a vertical metal pole will ...
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Antenna Basics - Open/Short Circuit & Half-Duplex/Full-Duplex

I am beginner in the Antenna theory and I have a few basic questions. Please help me to clarify my understandings related to the basics which I have read. And this question has 3 basic questions. ...
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Need antenna for mobile mag-mount LPFM broadcast 88.3 MHz

I am doing some temporary FM broadcasting for car events such as COVID-safe car parades and drive-in movies. The terrain is horrible, urban areas with lots of buildings. The cars snake around a city, ...
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Yagi: split or solid driven element?

Short question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of using gamma (solid element) or beta (split element) matching a yagi? Long question: A while ago I built a coil loaded yagi for the 20M ...
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Magnetic loop antenna : loops vs selectivity

I've built 2-turn magnetic loop RX antenna using 5 meters of 6.5mm copper tube. I was able to tune it with a variable air-spaced capacitor in the range of 1.8-10Mhz, but I noticed that as tuning ...
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Bandwidth, Q-factor, Radiation Eff calculations

Is it possible to give approximate answers about what an antenna is capable of? There are a lot of formulas out there, but every single one I found is based on actual measurement; input, output, SWR ...
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Dielectric Constant of Insulation/RF Permeability

I recently purchased a 500-foot roll of military surplus 14 AWG stranded copper wire at a hamfest for next to nothing . It is Prestolite M13486/1-6 (spec sheet). It has very thick chlorinated ...
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2.45GHz: constructing a horn of *thin* steel, what are good ways to join the edges (at least one joint along corner?)

TL/DR: How does someone make a good horn antenna system without using expensively made parts? Welding thin steel for this is not something even pro welders can do (it's a specialty app.) What are DIY ...
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RigExpert AA-35 - Interpreting The Information

I have a new RigExpert AA-35 antenna analyzer. 1st one I have had & 1st time trying to use an analyzer on an antenna. My questions are very basic and general, but I am having difficulty in ...
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Somewhat-directional (cardioid?) antenna for receiving ADS-B?

I recently set up my own RTL-SDR-based ADS-B receiver. I live in a Manhattan high-rise with an eastern view, so I do not get any signals from behind the building (almost: I get the occasional ...
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Ferrite beads on a wire antenna?

Will putting a ferrite bead or beads near (but not at) the end(s) of a wire antenna electrically lengthen or shorten it? (lower or raise its resonant frequency)?
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Can I build a Yagi antenna for my Baofeng UV-5R?

I would like to build a Yagi antenna for my Baofeng UV-5R, but I'm a total newbie when it comes to amateur radios. The antenna will be for UHF and shouldn't be too long (like 1.5 meters max). So my ...
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Can I build a guanella balun using single strand wire instead of coax?

I am trying to homebrew a cobweb antenna and need some help understanding the guanella balun used as described here: http://www.karinya.net/g3txq/cobweb/ This author used RG316 coax around the ...
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High Altitude Balloon Antenna Design

I'm designing a weather balloon with a club at college. We want to build the antenna from scratch to learn more about antennas but are at a loss as to which antenna design would actually work for high ...
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Effect of different metals for antenna elements

Other than rust, corrosion, and other reactions with air that would make the use of a metal unfavorable, how do different metals affect the performance? Let's give Yagi an example: Let's say I use 4 ...
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Simulating two antennas (transmitter and receiver) using 4nec2 tool

I am trying to find near field mutual coupling affects between two antennas - one being transmitter and other being receiver. The receing antenna is fed with very little voltage (I think, if I don't ...
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How do I simulate a receiving antenna in EZNEC simulation tool?

I have a situation where I need to find receiving antenna impedance when it’s $\lambda/2$ distance from the transmitting antenna. Both are dipole antennas. Is it possible with EZNEC?
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Does RF go through thin corrosion better than DC?

I might have a bit of a problem with my groundplane, but I am unsure. I am using a ground screen instead of radials. The problem is the ground screen is made of galvanized metal, but I can see that a ...
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What is the attraction of vertical antennas for HF?

I understand that MW broadcast stations use vertical antennas because that polarization works much better for groundwave propagation. But in amateur radio, I would assume the focus for communications ...
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Which 10 m antenna will give the most rejection in one direction for received signals which are vertically polarized?

I want to null out a particular direction so that i can't receive some vertically polarized interference on 10 m coming from that direction. Which 10 m antenna will give the most rejection in one ...
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Will ferrite rings around a metal pole hide it in an RF sense from my vertical 10 m Yagi?

If i mount my vertical 10 m 4 element yagi directly on a metal pole so that the pole is between the elements and so messes up the radiation pattern and input impedance, if i put lots of type 43 ...
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Will painting a 4 element 10 m yagi using conductive paint onto the side of a building work?

Will painting a 4 element yagi using conductive paint onto the side of a building work?
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Is there a suitable alternative to using a metal pole to mount a vertical yagi apart from wood and fiber glass?

Does anyone know if a non-metallic pole approx. 4 m long is available that i can use to mount a vertical 10 m 4 element yagi ? that is not wood, PVC or fiber glass as these are either too heavy or not ...
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When I am told that a dipole must have a determined length, does that include the space between both elements?

I am trying to build an antenna for receiving NOAA satellites and I need to build two 137,5MHz dipoles. When I enter the frequency and width of the wires in a calculator, I obtain that $λ/2=1.09\,\...
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Loop antenna layout and radiation?

I've got, for the near term, limited resources to put up an HF antenna at my home. One of the options I can manage without excessive cost is a loop, which would enclose the house. I need to transmit ...
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Tune a very short 3-5m random wire for 40m (around 7.030 MHz) for listening or occasional QRP CW sending

I would like to use a small trx first for listening CW on 7030 kHz and then for transmitting, locally, among friends. My conditions are "prohibitive" as for antennas: a block of flats, 4th floor in ...
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UHF cubical quad VNA analysis interpretation

I've designed a two element UHF cubical quad. It was designed to resonate at 385 Mhz. I used 0.1mm thick and 1cm wide copper tape instead of wire to lower the antenna Q. I used PVC electrical conduit ...
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How do I Construct a Simple FM Antenna?

I recently bought a cheap stereo amplifier with built in FM receiver from Amazon at the first link below. Testing it out today I found the FM reception to be sub-par. All of my local stations that I ...
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What is the purpose of a balun and a unun in a feed line?

I have never understood how a balun or a unun works and under which situation I need to use either of them in an antenna feed line.
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Need help understanding the gain on antenna pattern plots

My understanding is that the value of the axis (like -10 / 0 dB) refers to the maximum antenna gain (e.g. 12dbi). So, if a ...
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How do I design a dual band LPDA antenna?

Im not sure if this is the best place to ask a question like this but its the best place i could find. My goal is to build a dual band antenna similar to this one. That covers ...
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House wiring as an antenna on HF and 2 meters?

The apartment I live in is a 1970s type without access to the outdoors. It does have a balcony. A 2m transceiver is the only radio which will enable me to reach the ham world. Would be possible to ...
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What's the issue with stainless steel antenna elements? [duplicate]

New ham, here...getting motivated to build some antennas to experiment with and so far my research has shown that stainless steel is not a desirable metal for creating antenna elements - which is a ...
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2m 5-element yagi with staggered driven elements

I have seen sketches of 3-element 2m yagi antennas in which the driven dipole elements are staggered i.e., one element is positioned slightly in front of the other along the length of the (plastic) ...
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Unsure how to assemble Shakespeare SSB antenna; not working [closed]

Have 23 foot Shakespeare SSB antenna. Can not connect through the side feed termination band? Antenna not working? What is the band supposed to look like? Is the termination band supposed to be ...
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Radio antenna for my FM receiver / Android FM

I want to make a radio antenna at home which will be able to receive all FM frequencies for my FM radio or Android FM. How do I make it? Frequency it can catch : 88 - 108 MHz Thanks.
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Are stainless steel studs acceptable as a feedpoint connector for an aluminum loop antenna?

Similar to Will stainless steel bolts work with my copper antenna? however my concern here is with electrical properties. With copper antennas I never gave it much thought... just solder the wire. I ...
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Tiger Tail + capacitive coupling… what's the interaction?

I've been working on a 2m setup for hiking. My goal is to have the best possible antenna that can be used while walking, and that won't get damaged if I walk under a low branch or some other forest ...
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Antenna options for a 10x20m property with a large metal roof?

I live in a house that sits in the middle of the city, in a lot 10x20m in size. The first 6x10m are covered by a metal roof with a rather low angle (IIRC only 50cm difference between the highest and ...
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Weather-proofing antenna connections

Here's a problem: you buy a fancy new vertical for a fair bit of coin, but there's no coax connector on the thing. There are just screw terminals. You need to attach coax to it, but in such a way ...
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Does a receiving antenna need radials?

I am very new to radio and am using two 433MHz 1/4 wavelength monopole antennas to send and receive data. On the transmitting antenna I'm going to add radials (as it is the standard in my application)...
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Matching a 188 ohm antenna to an unbalanced input that expects a 50 ohm antenna

I am new to RF field and trying to use an Archimedean Spiral Antenna design from this paper to capture 915MHz RF for the P2110B power harvester chip. The estimated antenna impedance is 188 Ohm (see ...
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Why are there differences in antennas that depend on electrical component and magnetic component of a radio wave?

I understand the idea that when we are targeting the electrical component of the radio waves we need to have some form of a linear conductor that receives the electrical component, this creates a ...
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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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Will close-loop metal hangers affect antenna radiation?

I'm working on a kite-supported antenna for an 80m QRP rig -- to be flown at beaches, on mountaintops, and possibly other places where I want to work HF but don't want to lug poles or give up ...