Of fields and feedpoints

Understanding how feed position along the half-wave dipole antenna affects the electric and magnetic fields around it.

The dipole antenna, how industry defines it

All dipole antennas... according to the IEEE

Is a dipole antenna defined by its behavior alone or also how one energizes it? The answer exists in IEEE and historical literature.

Slim Jim vs. Traditional J-pole Antenna

Measured gain of SlimJIM and J-Pole

Real measurements of a Slim Jim antenna and traditional j-pole antenna reveal the truth about their respective gain and pattern.

Asy Hat Vertical Dipole

Three views showing a how a planed vertical need not always be the classic 1/4 wave monopole.

We re-introduce the theory and origins of Cebik’s (W4RNL) Asymmetrical Hatted Vertical Dipole (AHVD) antenna with the hope to facilitate a vertical polarization portable 20-10m aerial for portable operations.

Dipole Generates Static in PL-259

Irrespective of the fact the solder-the-braid PL-259 connector is probably the worst RF connector conceived by the mind of man1 and the fact the spark shown in the video is in an area that should be a direct short, the video, shown below, wonderfully shows the ease with which static charge can build on a dipole antenna.

That’s not the point though. If we were to cut off the connector we would surely still see a spark from center conductor to shield. If the cable were near station ground we would expect a spark jump. That large a charge has to go somewhere.

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Why don’t hams like vertical dipole antennas?

Tom, ke6ynh, asks…

“Why don’t hams like vertical dipole antennas.

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Jpole vs. Coaxial Dipole EZNEC Shootout

This J-Pole, Monopole, Coaxial Dipole VHF EZNEC shootout addresses a comment made that no models exist for j-pole and coaxial dipole antenna simulation.

Low Profile Vertical HF Antenna

With the upcoming solar cycle pushing operations on the HF bands towards success on 20 meters to 10 meters you might be wondering if a vertical antenna may be the right choice for making the most of this time.

Well, to be honest you may well have just as much success with a simple horizontal dipole strung up.

Dipoles are pretty easy to build and don’t cost too much if you would rather purchase one from Alpha-Delta or the Wireman.

However, if you…

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