Homebrew 17m 18 MHz antennas for amateur ham radio


This is a list of designs for any type of 17m 18 MHz homebrew amateur antenna

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The Double Bazooka Dipole is a very efficient single band antenna which is very quiet and does not require the use of a balun. This antenna consists of coax (RG58) or other 50 ohm type with the shield split at the center and the feedline attached to the open ends.

Australian Broadband Dipole 2MHz o 30MHz with no ATU

A dipole can be modified by inserting resistive loading networks so as to produce standing waves between the feedpoint and the networks. The authors have, by adjustment of the networks and the dipole sections, developed a travelling wave dipole whose VSWR is less than 2:1 from 3 to 15 MHz and does not exceed 2.6 to 1 from 2.3 to at least 30 MHz.

The $4 Special Antenna

Sure, you can find "all-band wire antennas" for sale in the back pages of Ham magazines costing $150 or more. But beware
: Marconi spins in his grave every time a ham buys an aerial instead of building it. The plain and simple truth is that wire antennas for the HF bands were intended to be hand-made and not store-bought.

Untold generations of intrepid Radio Hams have fashioned their own equipment out of spit and bailing wire. Do you think the spark-gap dudes of the 1920's just went out and bought ready-built G5RV's from HRO or AES? No way! They slapped together aerials out of bedsprings, chewing gum, and frozen cow poop. For them, every day was Field Day. I think that home-built antennas should be awarded 10 db of "honorary gain" simply by virtue of their ingenuity. And in this world of microprocessor controlled micro-rigs, constructing one may be your only chance to build something and actually see it work on the air. Think about it.

9 band vertical HF antenna

Simple vertical radiator with a not so simple matching box. No traps, no tuner required.

The Fence Fan Dipole

A Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Multiband Antenna By W6HDG


Are you looking for an inexpensive wire antenna that makes possible HF operation on all bands 10M through to 80M with wide bandwidth? This Delta Loop is a threesided antenna suspended high in the air by vertical supports such as tall evergreen trees. Recommended height is 40 feet or more at highest point but higher is better. It's one feed line eliminates the need for multiple antennas to cover the HF bands.

K3MT presents the GRASSWIRE - another approach to hidden HF antennas

Deed restrictions got you down? Neighbors intimidating your tower plans? Need a really easy portable HF antenna? Then
the grasswire may be the answer! Virtually invisible, lightweight, and compact (you can carry one in your hip pocket),
this antenna works! It has been used by K3MT in various installations for more than 10 years.

Skywire Loop Antenna

In we ham radio operators' continual quest for the perfect antenna system, we try some strange things at times, but often, the simplest is also the best. That is certainly the case with the basic "loop" antenna, an often misunderstood critter, but one that gives absolutely the most for each foot of wire of any antenna I have had occasion to play with.

First, let me reassure you that such an antenna does not necessarily take much room. One reason I went to one in the first place is because I didn't have room for a 260-foot-long dipole for 160 and I wanted to give the "top band" a try for the first time in my 45 years of being a ham. If you are talking 75 meters (and up if you
want a multi-band antenna...more later on that), it's only about 65 feet on a side in a square arrangement

HB9ABX RoomCap Antenna

Yet another new, revolutionary design which allows the construction of small
HF antennas which provide the same efficiency as large antennas.

(Maybe but probably not !!! - G6KIZ)

This antenna can be built for all HF bands, from 10 to 80 m.

EI7BA Multiband Cubical Quad

It covers six bands 20m to 10m on HF and also 6m. It is a Boomless (spider quad gem quad) design. It uses Glassfibre arms (a must). It uses a single coax line to a homebrew antenna switch. From there a seperate feedline goes to each of the Driven Element feedpoints. There is a homebrew Choke Balun at each feedpoint.

I have no accurate method to measure forward gain but I reckon it is the text book 6 to 7 db. F/B ratio is consistently 5 to 6 S points on my TS850 S meter on all bands 20 - 10m. I don't know how many dBs per S Point for my TS 850 but it is surely at least 3dB per S Point. So this translates to a minimum of 15 dB and arguably as high as 30dB. As wi
th all 2 element Quads It has a wide beamwidth about 60 degrees.

ADDENDUM.. An extra two bands..!
I have added three elements for 6m and 2 elements for the European 4m (70mHz) band to the existing spider, and on a seperate 6ft boom which is clamped to the spider, I have 5 elements for 2m, and 9 elements for 70cms.. A grand total of 11 bands..


This is
a combination center and top loaded multiband antenna. It gets a good boost in efficiency from the
capacity hat which, unlike the commercial bugcatcher antennas, is located where it should be: as high as
practical on the whip. The low profile of the capacity hat lets it cut through the wind while still remaining
effective. This is the largest diameter hat which can withstand highway speeds without using a stiffer whip.

Band switching is accomplished by moving the jumper plug to different tap points on the coil. You have
to stop, get out, and manually change the tap.

160-10M Sturba Curtain

This design will work all bands from Top Band to 10M using a tuner.

PA0RDT Mini Whip

Compact wideband active antenna.

Claimed effective from 10kHz to 30MHz

Frequency range: 10 kHz – 30 MHz
Power: 12 – 15 volts at 50 mA.
Second order output intercept point: > + 70 dBm.
Third order output intercept point: > + 30 dBm.
Maximum output power: in excess of – 15 dBm

Length: 100 mm, diameter: 40 mm

An effective 10-20m DX antenna for deed restricted lots…

The simple 15′ vertical antenna shown mounted on the railing of our second floor deck has produced almost 200 countries worked around the world… VQ9’s in Chagos and 3B8’s on Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, TX0DX on Chesterfield Reef, VK0MM on Macquarie Island in the Antarctic region, BQ9P on Pratas Island off Taiwan, ZM7ZB on Chatham Island in the South Pacific along with FO0AAA on Clipperton, 9M0OO on Spratly Island in the South China Sea, JT1CO in Mongolia and on and on. What I hear, I can usually work with this little wonder and the small size and profile make it feasible for use in deed restricted neighborhoods.


Simple, inexpensive and easy to erect, this antenna provides directivity, low angle radiation and
a small gain on a number of HF bands.

Primarily designed as a point-to-point DX-radiator for 10, 12 and 15M, this antenna also does a fair job on 17, 20 and 30M. Its total length of
41 meters

Portable HF Transmitting Loop Antenna

Small tunable magnetic loop antenna light enough to carry while operating, it disassembles into small but rugged pieces that fit easily in a backpack or gym bag, and it can be tuned from 14 MHz to 30 MHz.

THE $4 SPECIAL by Joe Tyburczy W1GFH

Now at this point, some of you may be looking at the diagram and muttering, "Jeez Joe, that'
s just a dipole fed with twinlead and used with a tuner". Well of course it is. Virtually all antennas are "di-poles" (i.e. "two sides") in some form or another. This one just happens to be made from low-cost materials.

I won't go into the theory here, but trust me: balanced feedline, properly used, does not "leak" RF and is less lossy than coax. I've tried the commercial 450-ohm ladder line, but prefer 300-ohm TV twinlead, and the cheaper the better. Radio Shack TV twinlead is ideal. Home Depot has some good stuff, too. Forget all the obsessive junk about standing waves, impedance and velocity factor. What you really need to concentrate on is getting an interesting set of antenna insulators.

G5RV Multi-Band Antenna by Louis Varney,

THE G5RV ANTENNA, with its special feeder arrangement, is a multiband centre-fed antenna capable of very efficient operation on all hf bands from 3.5 to 28mhz, specifically designed
with dimensions which allow it to be installed in gardens which accommodate a reasonably-straight run of about 102ft (31.1m) for the "flat-top". However, because the most useful radiation from a horizontal or inverted-V resonant antenna takes place from the center two-thirds of its total length, up to one-sixth of this total length at each end of the antenna may be dropped vertically, semi-vertically, or bent at some convenient angle to the main body of the antenna without significant loss of effective radiation efficiency.

W5DXP No-Tuner, All-HF-Band, Horizontal, Center-Fed Antenna

The No-Tuner, All-HF-Band, Horizontal, Center-Fed Antenna is our old friend, the 80 meter halfwave dipole dressed up a bit. By varying the length of the 450 ohm ladder-line feeding the antenna, we can achieve an SWR of less than 2:1 on all frequencies on all HF bands with the exception of the lowest part of 80m. On 75m, we are feeding the antenna with a half-wavelength of ladder-line. On 40m, we are feeding it with 3/4 wa
velength of ladder-line.

2-Element parasitic Yagis by DK7ZB for the Shortwave-Bands 10m-30m

No other antenna has a better relation between gain and expense than the 2-Element-Yagi. One element additional to the dipole will give you 4dB gain. Each further element will give much more mechanical problems and the increase in gain is only 1-2dB for the same bandwidth.

Dimensions and constuction details for several single band 2 element yagis plus some dual banders.

St. Louis Vertical

The St. Louis Vertical (SLV) About 51' of twinlead is coiled on the 4' bottom section of a 20 collapsible fiberglass fishing pole. An additional 16' of twinlead in the clear serves as a vertical radiator.

Offers portable enthusiasts an easytobuild easytouse antenna which covers 1040M via a balanced line tuner and installs independently of external supports (trees are not required)

The RXO unitenna

Wide band vertical antenna for 40 to 15 meters band

Trap Dipole for 17, 12 and 6 Metre

Homebrew trap diplole designed and constructed by John Beaumont G3NGD

A Pyramidal Antenna for 14-30 MHz

It looks and works in much the same way that a standard lp antenna works, with one big difference: the two halves of the transmission line are separated and positioned as a V, so each half of the transmission line is in effect a single wire transmission line. Despite the fact that the two halves are separated, radiation from the transmission lines is negligible, contributing a small cross-polarization component to the pattern.


The TriDouble dipole has two elements of 3/4 wavelength each.
It has resonance at the design freq but the impedance is high (500 Ohm) and the reactance/inductance value changes greatly when you change frequency.

To compensate for this you shorten the element length a bit and
add open wire, 400-600 Ohm (not critical). This will decrease impedance to 200 Ohm at the design frequency. This is why I use a 4:1 Current balun (must be a current balun).

QRP Fan Dipole

The object of the exercise was to produce an aerial that would allow me to operate from 40 metres to 10 metres specifically 40 20 17 15 & 10 metres. The antenna was always going to be mounted in the attic as no external antennas are permitted at my QTH the attic allows the antenna to 'beam' roughly northwest / southeast and the house is some 40 feet above sea level. Construction would be simplified by the fact that I intended to run a maximum of 10 watts which means that the antenna wires can be simply attached to the rafters.


The short vee beam described has a reasonable omnidirectional pattern with a maximum directivity in a line that bisects the angle between the legs. Good low-angle radiation is obtained when a horizontal antenna has a one wavelength height above ground. Below .5 wavelengths give marginal performance. For lower heights (.5 wavelengths and less), some improvement in low angle propagation can be had by tilting the leg ends below the center feed point. This will help improve DX but at the expense of the omni pattern not being as good and will increase the vertical pattern more skyward at a higher angle.

3 4 and 5 Element yagi designs for the 10m 12m 15m 17m and 20m Bands

Monoband 3 to 5 elelment yagi designs

JR3TVH Light Weight VMAP (Vertical Moxon Array for Portable)

This VMAP has a below 20 degree vertical angle and more than 5dBd as the same as 2ele Yagi and F/B ratio is the greatest over 27dB because it has a null point b
ecasue it has a pattern of Cardioid. Designed his formula and checked at any places with MFJ-259B analyzer once or twice.

Construction is very simple with NO matching unit but has a sophisticated performance at the height of some feet on the reef or soils. Two fishing rod, ropes, pegs and light, thin wires for your band expected those ar just pre-installed last night for example( w/wo a 1:1 bulun.) I designed for the impedance is optimized at 50ohm without any matching unit. But some adjustment was needed at some places near the fence or blocks, some materials as common issues.


After assembling a two element Quad, Mario (IK7ZCQ) needed an antenna for 17 and 20, so he asked me to build a 17/20 dipole; I hate rotary dipoles and traps.. but why not try it?

Building the G3TXQ Broad Band Hex Beam

This site provides guidelines to build a G3TXQ broad band hex beam R.F. antenna for the five amateur radio bands, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters. The G3TXQ broad band hex beam is a new development and actually
easier to build than the older classic hexbeam.


This project will enable you to build a monoband long wire inverted vee with 3/4 wave length sides that will have a bit of gain, for high band operation and long distance compared to a st
andard 1/2 wave dipole because of its lower vertical angles of radiation, and added leg length. The longer the leg lengths in odd multiples, the more the gain. It amounts to a very low cost and effective antenna. It is also less directional than the horizontal dipole or straight long wire antenna.

17 Meter Reduced Size Coaxial Moxon Rectangle

If you have tried the Moxon Generator program to design a Moxon Rectangle, then you are familiar with the Moxon antenna. For those of you who are not familiar with the Moxon, it resembles two letter "U"s with the open ends almost touching but is squ
ared off at the bends. One director and one reflector, each with tails pointing at each other. This antenna can achieve a respectable gain of about 3 to 4dbd and good front to back ratio and is usually made from wire or small diameter tubing. It is usually designed and operated on the higher Hf bands due to physical sizes of Hf antennas on the lower bands.


There we have it, no fuss, no rats nest of wires, just a beam on an extra band with the addition of a few components. I'd recommend using a variable capacitor for the load and tweaking it if you want the best 17m performance.


I have/had a HYGAIN 4 element 17 meter monoband yagi (26 ft boom) and converted this to a 20 meter moxon by attaching wires between the driven element and the reflector (keeping the spacing between the wires per moxon calculator).

A Hexagonal Beam in 3 hours..

1. The HEX has a very small wingspan BUT....NO LOADING COILS OR TRAPS!! (Therefore it does not have the losses associated with such devices)
2. It appears to perform much as a full size 2 element yagi but with a better match to 50 Ohm coax comparable gain and f/b but with a bit less bandwidth
3. Physically it is very light and strong. It can be multibanded by nesting elements one inside the other like a multiband Quad.
4. As it is hexagonal in shape it has no bias in windy conditions so a very small rotator is sufficient.

This antenna seemed to me to b
e a good contender for two different types of Ham..
Number one is the guy who has a small lot in a town or city... He probably needs an effective multiband beam that both he AND the neighbours can live with.
Number two is the guy who has lots of space has good HF beams already (20M thru 10M) and perhaps needs something for 30M 40M and even 80M

Stations that I spoke to who were using this antenna appeared to be very happy with the performance and as I could observe about 5 S points f/b ratio on most of their signals I was hooked...! I decided one Saturday morning to build a monoband 17M Hexagon just for evaluation purposes

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