End Fed Half Wave / Inverted L / Half Wave Dipole

The popular End Fed Half Wave is all things to all men, but this article compares an End Fed Half Wave, Inverted L, and Half Wave Dipole with some common parameters: frequency: 7.1MHz; flat top length: 20m; Height above ‘average’ ground (0.005,13): 10m; lossless balun / matching device. Key differences: ground connection: Inverted L = … Continue reading End Fed Half Wave / Inverted L / Half Wave Dipole

The magic of End Fed Half Waves (EFHW)

I have noted recently the increasing popularity of the so-called End Fed Half Wave antenna, though the term often includes harmonic operation of the antenna. It seems that at the heart of common ham understanding of this antenna system is that some kind of two terminal feed device creates a scenario with current on the … Continue reading The magic of End Fed Half Waves (EFHW)

80m half wave dipole made from 0.91mm steel MIG wire

Hams being innovative come up with a myriad of cheap alternatives for wire for antennas. One of those alternatives is common 0.91mm steel MIG wire. Steel MIG wire is often coated with copper and is claimed by some online experts to “work real good”, particularly as a stealth antenna. But is it the makings of … Continue reading 80m half wave dipole made from 0.91mm steel MIG wire

End fed matching – design review

A correspondent asked me to review an end fed matching unit that uses a FT82-43 ferrite transformer to transform the high impedance of a 40m end fed half wave down to approximately 50+j0Ω. His design uses a primary (radio side) of 3t and secondary of 24t. Last update: 17th September, 2015, 8:43 AM

End fed wires – another matching case study

A reader of my article End fed wires – new hams love ‘em asked about the performance of the matching transformer described at (Osborne 2014). (Osborne 2014) gives the transformer design above using a FT82-43 ferrite toroid with three turns on the primary. The concept is to adjust the antenna length and C1 for a … Continue reading End fed wires – another matching case study

PD7MAA’s BN43-202 matching transformer for an EFHW

End Fed Half Waves have certainly captured the minds of QRP aficionados, and there is a steady stream of ‘designs’ appearing on the ‘net. A recent article by PD7MAA describes such a transformer using a BN43-202 balun core for up to 20W PEP from 7-29MHz. Above is PD7MAA’s graphic for his transformer. It is a … Continue reading PD7MAA’s BN43-202 matching transformer for an EFHW