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Author:  Don Keith (N4KC).
Accessed on 30 September 2017, 2125 UTC.
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I ran across this fascinating article by Don Keith (N4KC) while I was searching for some new antenna ideas.  In this article, Don discusses five basic, easily-made antennas that will get you on the air quickly with a decent signal suitable for both DX and casual contacts.  According to Don, these simple, effective antennas are easy to build and use readily available materials.

Here are the top five get-on-the-air-quickly antennas:

The half-wave wire dipole.
The doublet with parallel feed lines.
The quarter-wavelength vertical with ground radial system.
The horizontal loop.
The original G5RV (a great antenna for the 40 and 20 meter bands).

Don does an excellent job of describing the theory, design, construction, and use of these simple antennas.  If you follow Don's suggestions, you'll be on the air with an effective, inexpensive antenna you built yourself .

Don closes his article with an upbeat message for those of us who may be afraid or our construction and design skills:

"So there they are. As mentioned, the main reason for this exercise is to give the new ham or someone who is returning to the hobby a bit of inspiration and some choices to consider for an antenna. And to urge them not to be too ambitious—ambitious to the point they never get around to putting anything up!
I think many of you will find a great deal of satisfaction in building your own aerial and then seeing how it works. There is certainly more satisfaction in that for many of us than there is in buying something already built and simply draping it over something in the backyard.
I do encourage you to play with your design. Try things. If they help, keep them. If they make your antenna a dummy load, toss it and start over. But most of all, have fun. And tell us about your experiences.
We are always interested in learning more."

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).


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