Thursday, October 24, 2019

Comparing various simple antennas for 144 MHz reception

I've been trying some simple antennas on 2m lately. There's not a lot of difference between them in the performance stakes. But I though it was worth testing reception of a CW beacon about 400km distance during a band opening. 

The antennas featured are a dipole, a 2 element yagi, an oblong loop (1 wavelength perimeter) and an hourglass (2 wavelength perimeter with two loops). 

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