Simulations of Classic & Broadband Hexbeam – The Movie

Many folks have successfully modeled all versions of the Hex Beam. Most of the simulation attempts use NEC programs.

Despite being a popular and productive way of simulating amateur radio antennas, another method of electromagnetic simulation makes use of the Finite-Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method.

Without going into too many details, the method divides up the simulation space into little cubes of volume. Then the next magnetic field values are derived from the current electric fields. Then the next electric field values are derived from the current magnetic fields. Repeat.

FDTD makes use of Maxwell’s equations to calculate the above fields. Being a Time Domain method, what follows shows a movie like display of what is happening in the antennas in super slow motion.

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Max-Gain Systems Fiberglass for your Hex Beam

By now I have posted several times about my new G3TXQ Broadband Hex Beam which came online in March 2010. I figure it is time to post a bit more on the materials I used for my version of the hex beam. Read more about the fine spreader kit from Max-Gain Systems.

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Broadband Hexbeam at Field Day 2010

ARRL Field Day 2010 was a blast. A member of our club bagged a satellite contact within two minutes of start time. Wow. One new item to this year’s operation was a G3TXQ Broadband Hex Beam antenna with elements for 20, 15, 10 and 6 meters.

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Hexagonal (Hex) Beam Battle

It seems the hexagonal beam has come of age as multiple manufacturers square off in an attempt to claim market share of the growing market for this style of antenna.

Ever since the 2009 QST article many folks, myself included, became aware of the simple elegance of the Hexagonal Beam (also known as Hexbeam generally and Hex-Beam® by Traffie Technology).

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