- Antenna and Tower Safety
QST June 2001, p. 91
- HF Amplifiers versus Antennas--One Ham's Opinion
QST November 1998, pp. 54-56
The solution to "getting out better" is not necessarily "more power". .
- “What’s Up Top”
QST June 1960, pp. 38-40
and rust can be a real detriment to the performance of your
antenna. Here are some procedures to make it look (and work) like
- Wire Antennas for the Beginner
QST June 1983, pp. 33-38
ham knows how to make and install wire antennas. But if you've never
done it, you probably have a few questions. Here are some answers.
- Ground-plane Antennas for 144, 222, 449 MHz
ARRL Antenna Book, 18th Edition, pp. 18-16 to 18.17
(If you can't find aluminum rod or wire or welding rods, try metal coat hangers - they work too.)
- Build a Portable Groundplane Antenna
QST July 1991, pp. 33-34
Need a better antenna for your hand-held radio? Here's the answer.
- Feeding Your Station
QST December 1983, pp. 20-23
coaxial line, skinny cable, open-wire feeders or 300-ohm ribbon line -
the correct choice can save the beginner a few dollars while helping
to ensure maximum performance.
Feedback: QST April 1984, p. 51. There is an error in Table 1. The capacitance of RG-11A/U is 20.5 pF/ft, not 0.5 pF/ft as shown.
Feedback: The first formula in note 1 should read m = ft x 0.3048
- A 15-Meter Beam "On A Budget"
QST February 1971, pp. 41-43
Even the simplest beam can be expensive due to the cost of aluminum tubing. Here's a solution.
- The Ultimate Transmatch (Beginner and Novice)
QST Jul 1970 pp. 24-28, 58
Lou McCoy, W1ICP explains why everyone should use an antenna tuner.
- Do You Need an Antenna Tuner?
QST January 1994, pp. 70-72
Maybe yes, maybe no. It all depends on the type of antenna and feed line you're using.
Simplified Design of Impedance-Matching Networks, Part I of III by George Grammer W1DF. March 1957 QST p.38-42.
Simplified Design of Impedance-Matching Networks, Part II of III by George Grammer W1DF. April 1957 QST p. 32-35.
Simplified Design of Impedance-Matching Networks, Part III of III by George Grammer WDF. May 1957 QST p. 38-42.
- Welcome to Rentsville, DX
QST October 1998, pp. 66-67
in a high-rise apartment can be an advantage rather than a hindrance.
Here are a few things to have in mind even before you start.
- HF Antennas for Restricted Space
Some hints on hiding an antenna
- Lab Notes - Limited Space Antennas
QST December 1992, pp. 85-86
Some hints on putting up antennas in tight spaces.
- Antennas and Grounds for Apartments
QST December 1980, pp. 40-43
What do you do when the landlord says "no antenna"?
- Better Results with Indoor Antennas
QST October 1979, pp. 18-21
Rules for a successful indoor antenna.
- Why an Antenna Radiates
QST November 1992, pp. 59-63
don't have to know how an antenna works to use one, but getting a
handle on this subject can deepen your understanding of radio. Here's a
searching look at the mysterious process by which our antennas hurl
energy from Here to There.
- An Analysis of the Balun
QST April 1980, pp. 19-21
What does a balun do for you? What happens if you don't use one? Does a balun really make a difference?
- “Why Do Baluns Burn Up?” by Zack Lau W1VT. Janauary 2004 QEX, pages 55-58. Balun technology typically falls short of operator expectations.
Coaxial Cable -- The Neglected Link
QST April 1981, pp. 28-31
a better grade of coaxial cable worth the price difference? This
analysis of the importance of shielding in coax lines explains why the
answer is "Yes!
- Fighting Antenna Corrosion by Scott Roleson, KC7CJ from the April 1993 issue of QST.
Interaction between Stainless Steel and Aluminum?
- Anti-Oxidant Product List compiled by Mike Gruber, WA1SVF (now W1MG) and referenced as a template in Note 5 of this article.
- Aluminum Oxidization & Protection of Yagi Elements
- EZNEC Antenna Software by W7EL Roy Lewallen's business is known by his call sign.
EZNEC 5.0 and EZNEC pro 5.0 are full-featured 32-bit Windows applications
- G4FGQ's Software This memorial site archives the software written by Reg Edward's G4FGQ.
New, original, high-quality, radio engineering/modeling programs.
Not freeware -- just free gifts -- please help yourself -- no catch.
- NEC4WIN95VM v3
Antenna Simulation Software for Windows
- Polar Plot by Bob Freeth (G4HFQ)
A program that lets you see what the polar diagram of your relatable beam antenna actually looks like where it is operating
- N1LO's Notepad Tower Page Mark Lowell N1LO, has a page on putting up antennas on towers.
- Welcome to Cecil's Amateur Radio Home Page Cecil Moore W5DXP, ex WN5DXP, of Tyler TX, has a page on antennas.
- Stacking Yagi Antennas by Ian White GM3SEK.
- Stacking, Phasing and Matching Yagis
This is a synopsis of a talk presented to the Sydney VHF DX Group on Tuesday March 16th 1999 by Gordon McDonald VK2ZAB
- KB0YKI's Radio Zone
On-line antenna designers, rooftop tower plans, gamma matches, and more by Aaron Schmitz KB0YKI.
- AC6V's Homebrew Antenna Links Rodney Dinkins AC6V, now a silent key, put together this huge list of links. No updates are expected.
- Antennas, L. B. Cebik, W4RNL
Theory (light) and practical information on all kinds of antennas. A memorial to L.B. Cebik, W4RNL.
- Paul Veltman WA6OKQ Coaxial Cable Searchable Database on Bill Beech NJ7P's web site.
- How to repair a CDE/Hygain/MFJ Rotator by Jim Pickett, K5LAD.