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How does the material of a fishing-pole mast affect antenna performance?

I'm a newly-licenced ham and currently starting out with HF. My home doesn't allow for a permanent setup. I can therefore only operate portable from parks and such, with limited TX power (my rig goes ...
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Mounting a vertical antenna on a fiberglass mast

I have a multiband SE-X80 HF vertical antenna which works ok from 20 meters to 10 meters with a tuner. It is attached to the railings of my apartment balcony at the moment. This is the antenna : https:...
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RF ground confusion

I'm a bit confused by RF grounding. Let's take a HF 1/4 wave vertical antenna for example. When current flows through the centre of the coax to the antenna, my understanding is that the current then ...
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How Accurately Does NEC-based Antenna Software Calculate Vertical Monopole Antenna System Radiation Efficiency for "Far-Field" (Only) Conditions?

A common belief among amateur radio operators is that the radiation efficiency of a vertical monopole driven against the Earth is much less than that of an elevated, horizontal dipole of the same ...
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Tuning/trimming a ground plane antenna

I've built a ground plane antenna with a 19.5" vertical and 4 20" radials. Currently, at 147.135 MHz my SWR is 3:1, clearly not ideal (and even bad for the transmitter!). I'm reluctant to start ...
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Grounding a vertical antenna from a balcony

I have a multiband vertical antenna mounted onto the railings of my balcony apartment high up on the 6th floor of an apartment building. The antenna is not grounded. This antenna comes without radials....
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Is this author correct about using a λ/2 of wire for a coil to get the proper delay on a λ/2 collinear antenna?

Is this author correct about using a λ/2 of wire for a coil to get the proper delay on a λ/2 collinear antenna? Improving the Super-J August 5, 2012 by John S. Huggins I agree with him that there has ...
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Vertical Hustler - do I need any radials?

I'm planning on installing a Hustler 4-BTV vertical by the house. There's already a 12 ft. steel pole mounted in cement, so I'm going to mount it on that pole about 10 feet up (sort of small mini ...
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Can coax be run through the center of a radiating element without currents being induced on the coax shield?

I run a λ/2 vertical dipole for 20M that's fed to a 1.5:1 balun at its center with coax that is perpendicular to the dipole (parallel to the ground), for about 30 feet before it comes down to the ...
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Can I use electrical ground / earth as my RF ground?

I live on a high floor in an apartment block and have a radial-free multi-band vertical antenna attached to my terrace railing. This is the antenna : https://www.thunderpole.co.uk/amateur-radio-...
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What do radials really do for a vertical antenna?

I have read everything I can find about monopole (vertical antenna) radials, and also watched many YouTube videos that touch on the topic. I see conflicting information about what they do, where a ...
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Vertical antenna with feedpoint below ground plane?

What happens when a groundplane antenna's vertical element, bottom feedpoint, and/or bottom loading coil move down and encroach into the area below the plane formed by its own perpendicular elevated ...
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How Does the Propagation of H-pol E-M Fields Compare to That of V-pol E-M Fields (other things equal)?

A rather popular belief on this topic is that h-pol is superior to v-pol. Probably that is traceable to published "far-field" patterns over a lossy ground plane generated by Method of ...
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Avoiding radio damage with closely spaced VHF/UHF antennas

I've mostly been using a discone in the attic so far, but now I want to get proper antennas up for 2m/70cm and gmrs. I'll probably get common commercial vertical antennas. I'm not sure how much 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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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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Why are many ground radials preferable to a single ground stake buried 1m deep?

Surely a 1m copper stake provides better ground connectivity for a vertical dipole?
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What do you call antenna that combines multiple Hustler resonators (using a VP-1) above a shared mast?

I know that a Hustler MO-3 54" mast with something like a RM-20S resonator on top is officially an example of a center-loaded quarter-wave vertical... ... but Hustler also allows you to mount ...
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Is The Lowest Antenna Terminal Feedpoint SWR Always Optimal?

Intuition might lead one to believe that the antenna configuration with the lowest SWR(50) across its input terminals would provide the best radiation efficiency for the antenna system. But is that ...
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calculating all specifics for a 5/8 antenna

So, I've built a couple 1/4λ ground plane antennas for Airband and Marine band. I don't transmit, I'm just listening, etc. So, constructing ground plane antennas with the radials and getting the ...
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Using inverted Yagi antennas to gather and cohere RF from the sky

Imagine a group of eight or more vertical masts. On each mast is a Yagi antenna pointed upward toward the sky. The elements are inverted with the idea being that the incoherent RF coming down is given ...
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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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When and why does the size of a ground plane or radials matter?

Consider these three cases: My understanding is that when building or installing an antenna designed to operate over a ground plane (e.g. a quarter-wave vertical), the size of the ground plane does ...
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Diamond X200A Lightning Protection

Please forgive the naive question, as I've been away from the hobby for too long, but want to make sure I do this right. We just added an addition to our house, and I lost my usual mounting place for ...
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Troubleshooting 5BTV antenna

I have a Hustler 5BTV antenna i resurrected after a previous monopole succumbed to birds. It is giving me a world of trouble trying to get it tuned for resonance. For those not familiar with the ...
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Does Improving Earth Conductivity Near a Buried Ground Rod Improve Antenna System Performance?

The suggestion has been made on various ham-related websites that improving the conductivity of the Earth around a ground rod produces a worthwhile improvement in the e-m radiation from a vertical ...
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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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How does this W6NBC "derivative of the classical slot antenna" work?

Via the https://ham.stackexchange.com/a/9883/1362 answer regarding a slot antenna for a 2m mobile application, I was introduced to this (pdf) interesting antenna design: The designer John Portune (...
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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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What Are the Properties of 43' Vertical Monopoles Used as Multiband Radiators?

43' vertical monopoles sometimes are used with an auto-tuner at their input as radiators in the ham bands from 40m through 10m, but are any performance compromises required to do that?
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Is a 1/4 wave vertical actually better than inverted L on 160m?

Surprisingly, I am unable to find much info comparing these two antennas. Essentially, they are the same except the one is shorter and top loaded with one wire. Does anyone have any performance data ...
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Can a 1:1 transformer be used as a protection from static electricity?

It's well-known that under certain conditions verticals and dipoles can gather static charge, which is a common reason of transceiver damage. There are several ways to solve this issue. Some hams ...
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Vertical antenna on HF?

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a vertical antenna on high frequency? Are there any better antenna types that I should use?
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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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How to reduce RF in the shack when using vertical HF antenna (no radials)

What can be done to reduce RF in the shack (riding back along the coax) when using a vertical 10M antenna (without radials due to space constraints)? The antenna is an IMax-2000 at 32' elevation (20' ...
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Vertical antenna near power and cable lines

I have a 40M vertical on top of my roof. When I transmit at 100W, my internet drops. My neighbor's internet too (different cable company). At 50W it seems to be OK. As an expermient, I used a smaller ...
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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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how does this collinear antenna work?

I was looking for a cheap and easy to build 2M/70cm vertical. I found this: http://vk2zoi.com/articles/dual-band-high-gain-flower-pot/ Here are the plans to build it: But I don't really understand ...
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What is the best type of feedline for a base UHF VHF ground plane antenna with a distance of around 50-75 feet of coax?

I'm going to be putting up a Comet GP6 UHF/VHF Ground Plane Antenna. It will be chimney mounted to a mast, and the total height is around 40 ft. The upper half of the chimney starts at the first ...
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Can I use a 1/4 wave decoupling stub to enable mounting of a vertical yagi on a metal pole?

My understanding is that the ground plane radials used on, for example, a free standing 5/8 wave 10 m vertical antenna mounted on a metal pole, are actually 1/4 wave length decoupling stubs, the ...
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What Are Some of the Most Important Characteristics Applying to the Radiation of Monopole Antenna Systems?

Such characteristics are described in Answer 1 below, as sourced in a study of antenna engineering textbooks, and by generating NEC4.2 studies.
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How Does the Performance of Elevated Radials Differ from That of Buried Radials?

NEC4.2 provides some information about this topic that may be of interest to some readers.
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How Do Ground-Mounted Verticals Compare to Elevated Verticals? [duplicate]

Their performance differences may be less than sometimes expected.
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Which is Better to Use with Vertical Monopoles: Buried Radials or Ground Screens?

Many threads posted on various websites over the years have included statements/beliefs on this subject, but support there for the accuracy of those statements sometimes is minimal. An accurate ...
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Does mounting a ground plane antenna upside down change the takeoff angle?

A typical gain pattern for a quarter wave ground plane antenna is: Image from a similar question and see watermark. For a situation where the signals of interest are below the antenna in elevation (...
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Vertical antenna

I'm installing a vertical antenna in back yard. About 20 feet in height and using 1 counterpoise wire 16 feet for 20 meters. Does installing two or more counterpoise wires help?
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Radial length for vertical antennas?

I plan on installing a vertical antenna soon. I expect it to cover from 80 meters to 10 (or perhaps 6). I plan on putting down 32 radials. I am wondering if 16 66' and 16 33' radials will be just ...
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Give vertical antenna directional gain?

So here is a strange thought. If a vertical electrically speaking is a half dipole with the other half as a ground plane to balance out. Perhaps there are ways to make equivalent director and ...
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Do Far-Field Radiation Patterns/Gains of NEC Software Accurately and Always Show the E-M Fields "Launched" by Vertical Monopoles?

Judging from posts on the Internet, this belief commonly is considered to be valid. But what is the correct answer?