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Compact 2 element yagi for 50 Mhz

I built this antenna for portable operations on the six meter band.  It has a PVC plastic boom with the driven element mounted through it.  The driven element is also center insulated with a black plastic rod, as shown below.  It matches well to 50 ohms direct, without a match network.

Cushcraft 17B2 yagi

This 17 element yagi on a 31 foot boom (4.5 wavelength) and is a good standard to judge other high gain 2 meter antennas.   It models and performs like similar length Yagis.  It does the job dependably and with impressive gain.  Very rugged and long antenna.

17B2 manual

Homebrew 50 Mhz 4 element yagi
This high gain, broad-banded yagi uses a folded driven element for a good match from 50.0 to 52.5 Mhz.  The pattern is best below 51 Mhz however.  I modeled it at 7.64 dbd with about 16 db F/B ratio at 50.150 Mhz.  A 1/2 wave RG-8 coax balun is coiled behind the driven element.  This antenna has been in use since 1997 with excellent results. Information on modeling and building this antenna:
50 Mhz 4 element yagi AO source

50 Mhz, 4 element yagi and Mt St Helens

Two 8 element yagis in phase, 144 Mhz

I had excellent 144 Mhz results with a pair of vertically stacked Telrex 2M-814 yagis. These 2 wavelength, 8 element yagis have been modified by changing to folded driven elements. They are well balanced with 4:1 half wave coax baluns.  I used two RG-11 75 ohm matching sections cut to odd 1/4 wavelength.  AO/YO antenna modeling indicates the Telrex beams were optimized for maximum gain at 145 Mhz by design. This yagi has a narrow bandwidth with reduced F/B, typical of a maximum gain design.  I had them stacked 11 feet apart for 14 dbd  gain as modeled by AO in freespace.  This is within 1/2 db of the 17B2 model but has a much wider azimuth pattern..

K1FO-33 432 Mhz yagi

The K1FO-33 antenna was given to me by W7SZ.  This 10.5 wavelength yagi has 33 elements and is 24 feet long. It's +/-10 degree pattern (-3db) is razor sharp. The inertial backlash after rotating can be a problem when trying to zero in on a signal.  Sometimes the signals fade in and out as the backlash oscillation damps out!  I now have a Landwehr GasFET preamp mounted on this antenna.

The FO-33 antenna beams east toward Mt. Adams


16 element  222 Mhz yagi

KI7JA made me a very nice yagi for 222 Mhz. It performed well during the January 2005 VHF contest, reaching Canada and Idaho with just 20 watts. This 3.9 wavelength antenna design can be found in some ARRL publications. I modeled it at almost 14 dbd gain, 20 db F/B. It uses a T-match feedpoint.

16 element 222 Mhz Yagi

K7YO HF Antennas

Now using an inverted Vee dipole on 40 meter CW at my CN85 QTH.

  • Antenna Modeling and Design

    My antennas are modeled with K6STI software, AO, YO, or NEC Wires. I started using the earlier MN in the late 80's. Elnec/Eznec as well as other modeling software are also good but use different source file formats which are not compatible or easy to convert.  All listed gain figures were modeled by AO or YO software in free space.

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    Last update: June 3, 2017