Homebrew wire antennas for amateur ham radio


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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.

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.

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 Fence Fan Dipole

A Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Multiband Antenna By W6HDG

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

Coaxial Colinear

You can build a colinear from coax by following this design. You will need to scale it to suit the frequency you wish to use.

Portable Magnetic Loop Antenna for 20m, 30m, 40m

A simple multi-band magnetic loop antenna designed for 20, 30 and 40 metres, but by changing the overall length of the wire coverage of other bands is feasible.


The Six Meter Extended Double Zepp is a very easy and inexpensive antenna for the 6 meter buff to build in about an hour or less and will add about 3 db to your signal from it's broadside bi-directional pattern when installed about a half wave up from the ground. You mignt call it a diplole with gain!

All of the materials used to build this antenna can be found locally or you may even have them laying around.

6-Band HF Center-Loaded Off-Center-Fed Dipole

The goal that I set out was to design an HF antenna, with a VSWR of 3:1 or less over the full bandwidth of as many amateur radio HF bands as possible, with a preference for the low- and the non-WARC bands. This design goal has been achived with a new kind of antenna;

An Attic Coaxial-Cable Trap Dipole for 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, and 80 Meters

A coaxial-cable trap dipole antenna installed in the attic provides a surprisingly effective solution to HF operation on the 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, and 80 meter amateur bands.

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  3 Responses to “Homebrew wire antennas for amateur ham radio”

  1. The INVERTED ‘U’ ANTENNA for 200 meters and down does contain a link to the website but website directory n/a

  2. Thanks for letting me know. I have removed the link. I do verify links periodically so that one must have gone down since my last trawl.

  3. I always use home made wire aerials. Good enough for Marconi and Fessenden then good enough for me. At present I am using a home made Short Windom with DIY 4-1 balun. It works well on 10,20 and 40m. My 17m aerial is made of junk. Three pieces of different co-ax RG213, RG8 and a piece of cheap CB co-ax all taped together. The dipole is 13A split mains cable. I wound a choke 20T which I don`t need but did it anyway and set it resonant. Cost nothing as the PL259 is s/h and I have been all over the show with it. I use it with just 100 whiskies as I cannot be bothered to re-tune the linear. You can go all over the place even with a poorly sited bit of old junk if you get it RESONANT, that is the MAIN CRITERIA and if you need an ATU to get low SWR then your aerial is not resonant on the frequency you are using. Radiation losses will make your aerial poor. These are my findings and keep away from lossy traps as well. I will now make a bazooka of some sort but it may cost a little bit as I an running out of junk. Good wishes, 73 Mike M0MPT.

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