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The Mighty Rhombic, The King of Antennas (AD #128).

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmWlOisao-I  This is post 2146 in a continuing series on simple ham radio antennas. If you have a large rural property, you may want to design, build, and use a Rhombic Antenna--something David Casler (KE0OG) calls "The King of Antennas."  The Rhombic is excellent for point-to-point communications and exhibits a very low takeoff angle--a definite plus for DX. Here's David's analysis of this classic DX Antenna: "There was a time, back in the 1930s and 1940s, when the rhombic antenna was the king. A remarkable antenna that had phenomenal directivity and an extraordinarily low elevation angle made it the antenna of choice for point-to-point HF links. Here's a little history, plus an exploration using EZNEC+. Phenomenal antenna! Subscribe: https://youtube.com/davidcasler . Ask Dave Playlist: https://goo.gl/inaQeB . Tip Jar: http

The Mighty Rhombic, The King of Antennas (AD #128). Post #1485.

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmW1Oisao-I. A wonderfully done video on one of the true "monster" antennas of all time.  During the 1930s and 1940s, powerful HF shortwave stations, including the ARRL HQ station (W1AW) used this high gain antenna to reach distant points of the globe.  Nowadays, the rhombic is becoming a historical curiosity in favor of modern sterba arrays which can be a bit more efficient and switchable to various HF bands. In this video, David Casler (KE0OG) delves into the theory, construction, and use of this once popular antenna, citing its "phenominal directivity and extraordinary low elevation angle" as a definite plus for point-to-point HF service. If you have the space, build one of these classic antennas--you won't be disappointed. For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please visit these websites: http://www.arrl.o