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Questions tagged [wire-antenna]

Anything to do with wire antennas, including how to build one, how different wire antennas perform, how to tune them or when to use a balun, and what types of wire work best in certain antennas.

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To which part of the band should I tune my Hi-Q wire antenna if my transceiver has an automatic antenna tuner?

I'm attempting to tune my DX-EE Alpha Delta multi-band wire antenna. The instructions state: The 40 meter sections can be shortened to the SSB section of the band by pulling the wires through the ...
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How to interpret VSWR results for an attic antenna

I have an Alpha Delta DX-EE antenna in my attic. The antenna is 40 ft long and my attic is about 5ft high by 55 ft long. There's a lot of other stuff up there--a chimney, Romex, Cat 6 cable, RG-6 ...
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Effective Area of Dipole Array

I'm trying to design a low frequency dipole interferometer antenna array. I am realizing how little I know about radio antennae. I'm confused by the concept of effective area $A_e$ and how it applies ...
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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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Noise reduction

I live close to an AM transmitter broadcasting in the kW of power. My RTL SDR dongle gets very overloaded. Using 2 AM broadcast filters, I have mostly managed to stop the overloading, at least from ...
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Tips for HF Antenna with house near AM transmitter

My back garden is very small - about 500sqft. I also live near an AM transmitter and requires an AM filter. I would appreciate some general tips on the best approach to receiving HF signals (Ham and ...
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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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Counterpoise/ground/radial options for an Inverted L

I have two 10-meter masts to support a 40-meter inverted L. I have a decent enough sized yard that I have a few options for counterpoise/ground/radial. I could run 1/4 wave radials in several ...
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Are there reasons why a receive-only wire antenna should not be λ/2 in length?

The answers to this question explain why it's difficult to transfer power from a transmitter to an antenna that is λ/2 in length (or a multiple for long wires, or as half a dipole's length). Are ...
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Why long wire antenna length shouldn't be a multiple of λ/2?

Numerous sources say that LW length shouldn't be a multiple of λ/2 for any frequency in interest. This will cause the antenna to have a high impedance at this frequency. Since the coax cable impedance ...
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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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Can anyone tell me how to make a 35 m long wire antenna work on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres?

I have one straight horizontal wire antenna 35 meters (114.83 feet) long. I want to make it work the best on average for the 80, 40, 20 ,15 and 10 meter amateur bands. Can anyone tell me the best ...
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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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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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Wire antenna slightly too long

Say I have a wire antenna that is slightly (a few percent) too long for the desired frequency (of resonance or lowest SWR). What are the options, other than cutting the wire(s) and very likely ending ...
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Twisting copper wire for a less-flexible DIY antenna

I am making DIY antenna for a home project. The antenna is going to be "V-dipole" with leg length about 53cm. Unfortunately, I didn't find a thick copper wire, but I have a lot of thin core from tv ...
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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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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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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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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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Can an antenna be too powerful for certain receivers?

I'm brand new to shortwave radio and have been researching what kind of a receiver to get. I'll use it on the antenna I'll build (longwire, 50-100 feet) for shortwave listening; no transmitting. Right ...
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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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Impedance effect of using 75 ohm coax between transmitter and an EFHW antenna

I have been given several hundred feet of very high quality 75 ohm coax. I need a run of about 36' from my QRP transmitter (FT-817 with elecraft T1 tuner) to an EFHW antenna (about 75' long). Running ...
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Long Wire Antenna for SWL

Please don't laugh. I am totally ignorant about amateur radio. When I tried to use the internet to answer questions, all I have found are formulas and charts I don't understand. For example; I ...
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Simple antenna for an old Grundig Satellit 800

I just got my technician license, and I'm just fooling around a bit on the Grundig. I'm trying to pull in WWV from NJ, so 1st, is that possible with the radio whip? I've tried the built-in whip on 5,...
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HF/VHF antenna for high altitude balloon

I'm working on the design of a dual band transmitter for use on a high altitude balloon. I'll be transmitting on 2 meters and 20 meters (APRS and WSPR) with about 50 mW. To keep the weight to an ...
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Suggestions for above-roof mounting Windom

Setup We just finished an addition on our house, and I have (on the diagonal) ~65 feet of space to work with. The pitch of the roof raises ~5-6 feet from the gutters to the apex of the roof. Roof ...
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Is ladder line necessary when using a non-resonant dipole through a tuner?

I've heard if I have a dipole of some arbitrary length, or a random wire, the SWR can be very bad. An antenna tuner can present a decent match to the transmitter, but the SWR on the feedline will be ...
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G5RV Jr and Ladder Line feed Lying Flat on the Roof?f

a semi-old, mildly grumpy, damn lazy new General Class Op, back after nearly 40 years since last license. Live in an old 2 story Mediterranean Sunset District Avenues home with a flat, beam-bitumen-...
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HF antenna design for high-altitude balloon

I'd like to put a WSPR or JT65-like transmitter on a high-altitude balloon, but lacking much experience with HF antennas, I don't quite know where to start. I'm thinking it will operate on 20 meters, ...
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75Ω Wire FM antenna

I was recently given an older, but really nice broadcast FM receiver (88-108Mhz) by neighbor, but I am confused by the antenna connector and labeling. for the FM antenna connection, there are two ...
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Wide bandwidth HF power combiner schematic and formula

I want to build (not purchase) a wide bandwidth power combiner. It should combine signals from 2 TFD antennas cut for 15 MHz lower frequency and used for receive only. Upper frequency is 30 MHz so ...
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Tuning a wire antenna by folding

Last weekend we tuned a quad loop for 80 m and 40 m. Instead of cropping, we folded the isolated wire using cable ties as shown in the picture below. After folding several quite large sections of the ...
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How to probe a dipole antenna?

I want to start experimenting and tinkering with antennas, starting with ½ wave dipoles. I will be measuring the AC voltages on both the transmitter and the reciever antennas simultaneously. And by ...
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Is cheap Chinese coax wire ok to use as an antenna?

So I've been following this guide on how to build an antenna for a High altitude balloon: link In the guide they say to use RG174 wire, which is why I bough some cheap RG174 wire off Ebay. I guessed ...
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Suggestions for HF antenna for occasional use on my sailboat

I have had a license since I was a kid, but have not touched anything ham radio related in years. I have been thinking about diving back in and combining it with my sailing. I'm looking for thoughts ...
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Transition Point Between Fan and Cage Dipoles

A fan dipole is a dipole with multiple active elements, either for different frequencies or different directions (see turnstile antenna) while a cage dipole emulates a larger conductive by having ...
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Optimal antenna orientation for High altitude balloon?

(First of all, I hope this is the right subform, please correct me if I'm wrong) I am using a 433 Mhz LoRa Radio to communicate with a high altitude balloon and am using an antenna like in this guide ...
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What ways are there to extend an antenna?

I am using an arduino micro controller with a LoRa radio module to communicate. The shield has 2 ways of connecting an antenna: either a SMA jack or a hole for soldering. Now my problem is this: I ...
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Using an HF antenna for VHF scanning

Are there any disadvantages (or advantages) to using a long-wire HF antenna for wide-band VHF reception? Or would feedline losses make that useless compared to a ground level ducky or short whip? (...
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Could a weather balloon make a good antenna?

I can't afford a massive tower, but I can get a weather balloon. What kind of set up would work best to get the maximum efficiency out of altitude?
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How would you get an “I'm alive” message to family in another state using amateur radio?

I'm researching options for getting an "I'm alive" message during a disaster response out to family in another state that aren't HAMs. There are likely to be a lot of possible answers that are art ...
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Do reflector and director widths (wire size) affect Quagi bandwidth?

A 2m Quad antenna made from 1/2" tubing will have a larger bandwidth than the same Quad built with 14 AWG wire. Would the respective bandwidths be maintained if both Quad loops were made into Quagis ...
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Wider wire = picks up more energy, yah?

I have seen many discussions re: wire gauge, insulation, velocity factor and K-factor...unfortunately, statements from various sources are not always in agreement, but that is not the issue. The issue ...
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RCA victor 35x tube radio loop antenna replica?

There is this one youtube video I have not been able to find again, where someone with a similar model radio was making replica of the original loop antenna on the back. I am wanting to make a ...
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Can I use old TV FM card as SDR?

I tried searching a lot before, but couldn't find anything about it; I have an old TV/FM card from an old computer, I wish to know if it can be used as an Software Defined Radio, and if yes, how? The ...
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Which is better in my situation: Balanced dipole, or as much wire as possible in the air?

I'm finally getting to the point of hopefully putting up a HF antenna. The idea is to start with a simple, straight wire dipole using trees as support points. (No traps or coils.) However, with the ...
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Recommended 9:1 unun core type(s)

I would like to construct a 9:1 unun that connects my QRP transceiver to a random-wire antenna. The transceiver's antenna connection is an unbalanced BNC jack and the random-wire antenna is, well, a ...
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Using inner conductor of a coax feedline as an antenna

Can I use the inside conductor of coax to radiate RF energy? My in-laws have some sort of attic antenna installed many years ago for broadcast reception, which I would love to temporarily co-opt for ...
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Testing my HB-1B QRP CW Transceiver on 40m

I'm a new ham and have only used 2m/70cm so far. I have recently completed a QRP CW setup: a YouKits HB-1B transceiver and a simple wire dipole. I haven't made any contacts yet, and I'm wodering if ...