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Thanks to Don Johnson (N4DJ) for this excellent discussion on how to design, build, test, and tune an 80 meter half square antenna.
If you have the space and want an excellent DX antenna, then the half square is for you. The general pattern of the half square is broadside to the antenna, giving you a takeoff angle near 15 degrees.
If you can't make an 80 meter version of this antenna, try a 40 or 20 meter version. You won't be disappointed.
Don does an excellent job of taking you step-by-step through the antenna building process.
Here's what Don had to say about his new half square antenna:
"My 80 meter bent half square was probably the best antenna I ever had. I had it broadside to Europe at my Hampton Va QTH, I had it broadside to the Pacific area for one contest at my New Kent location and then installed it again broadside to Europe. Very hard to work Europe off the ends so I took about 5 hours to rotate it. Only rotated it once!"
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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).