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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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 ...
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How to best connect an FM transmitting GPIO pin to an antenna?

I'm trying to use a RaspberryPi3 as a FM transmitter, using pifm and/or PiFmRds to send audio in 88-108 MHz band. The RPi can then use the GPIO-4 pin to transmit between ...
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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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Low mass, low frequency transmission line

I'm interested in a low frequency (10 MHz - 100 MHz) radio receiver array, made up of crossed dipole antennas. I'm working on a design project mainly focused on the mechanical engineering side of ...
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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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How do I use multiple antennas with two or more radios?

I'm building multiple antennas tuned to different amateur bands and would like them connected to my SDR for remote listening and analysis, and a handheld radio for transmission, which I may upgrade or ...
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What type of solder is best suited for radio and electronic use?

Many types of solder are available today, such as acid-core, silver, rosin-core and aluminum solder. What kind should I use for building antennas and radio equipment? Why? From test question: T7D08
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Proper magnetic mount placement on roof

I have a Nissan Versa 2012 (hatchback). It comes with one of those default antennas at the back/center of the roof, for listening to AM/FM radio stations. I have a dual band mag-mount (TRAM 1185), ...
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What happens to a vertical Yagi when you mount it on a vertical metal pole?

How much difference does a metal pole make when it's sitting in the middle of all the lower elements of my beautiful new highly optimized to the max YO.EXE 10 m yagi ? I get it that the closeness of ...
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antenna in the rain

What kind of changes can be expected in the behavior (resonance, SWR, etc.) of a mobile vertical HF antenna between dry conditions and wet rainy weather? (assume a coax feed-line and low SWR in dry ...
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Shortwave antenna wire — do I care about “corona discharge”?

Just researching an outdoor long run shortwave antenna. I found some cheap wire online but it said it is resistant to corona discharge: Will satisfy a wide number of applications related to medical,...
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Plastic predator bird props — Are they effective? How to mount them?

Are plastic predator bird props any effective at keeping away real birds from our antennas? Can I mount such a plastic predator bird with screws or does it need to wiggle in the wind to be effective? ...
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Capacitive hats on wire dipoles?

Capacitive hats seem to be advertised as an option for mobile vertical antennas. One mentioned advantage is the they can widen the SWR bandwidth, making the antenna easier to tune. What might be the ...
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Homebrew 2 meter Yagi construction

Here is what I have • A Baofeng Uv-82 transceiver • A 1/2 inch 10 foot PVC pipe • 3 1/4 inch x 36 inch Aluminum rods • 2 1/4 inch x 48 inch Steel rods (I know they'll rust, it's just temporary to ...
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asymmetric shortened dipole

It seems a resonant dipole can be shortened by either loading coils near the center feed point or capacitive "hats" at the ends (and still be resonant). Say I run out of linear physical distance for ...
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Simple Longwire/Dipole Antenna design

In a couple of days I am going to a mountain cabin and I were thinking about making myself a semi broadband antenna for LF/HF (300KHz - 20MHz or so) for receiving only. I was thinking about creating ...
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Can I use a helical ground plane radial in the same way that a loading coil works?

I'm working out the science behind mounting an antenna on a vehicle, and I came across the concept of ground planes. This answer says that longer is better but don't worry about it too much, but this ...
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Antenna for receiving 868MHz rocket telemetry: QFH(QHA), Helical, or?

I'm building a radio communication system for an amateur rocket project. We've decided to use LoRa 868MHz system. My question is, which antenna for the ground station will be the best choice? We're ...
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Irrigation system for ground plane

Could a aluminum irrigation system over about two acres work as a ground plane? Pros and cons? Shaped like an F but with 4 horizontals rather than 2. Sometimes it has water in it. The two top ...
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Effect of small amount of metal on twin-lead

I have a G5RV Jr. antenna on a fiberglass mast at 10m height. The only metal on the mast is a 1/8" thick steel guy ring with stainless steel snap links, plus a few small metal screws. Hanging freely,...
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Will wrapping an antenna around my house next to metal affect it?

My unit is 25' by 25' each side and the front is 22' across. The overhang is about one foot with aluminum and vinyl underneath. If I wrap an OCF dipole (fed with 4:1 balun) around this overhang in ...
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How to make a ferrite bar antenna for RTL-SDR?

I bought a RTL-SDR (blue one with little MCX antenna). I modified its Q branch, and can receive short wave radio with Degen 31MS antenna now. For MW, Degen 31MS antenna has a ferrite bar antenna ...
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RF Antenna - V pole - Should one leg go to ground and the other to signal?

I'm attempting to follow this white paper in order to build an antenna. This is my first antenna and as such I have a rather simple question. DIY 137 MHz APT Weather satellite antenna by Adam-9A4QV ...
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Antenna Type of a Chinese Antenna

Recently, I have received an antenna from one of the Chinese manufacturer and they haven't disclosed the detailed specification with us. Below is the picture of my antenna (please ignore the ...
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Size of ground plane disk for vertical antennas?

I’m looking for information about the diameter of a ground plane disk that I can use with a regular car radio and car type antennas in my home. DIY would be best, or any other ideas for a antenna that ...