The best material to support its own weight is steel. You can use a large gauge (say, 14-12) of copper wire which will work. For short wires that won't bend, solid copper will work. If you are going to attach it to a support structure that won't flex, finer than 14 would work.
One may also ask, how do you make a HF dipole antenna?
ϻ�is it true, can a wire act as an antenna? Answer: Yes. Your wires do act as antennas. ... Hence, the radiation from one wire is cancelled by the current flowing in the adjacent wire (that is travelling the opposite direction). Another question that will arise is - if its so simple, then everything could be an antenna.
Either way, what metal is best for antenna?
Copper is a best suited material for base antennas. The metal, while soft and malleable, is quite rigid. Stainless steel has a higher tensile strength, so thinner wire can be used. This makes steel an excellent choice for mobile whip antennas where flexibility is a must.
Is an antenna just a wire?
It's just a wire. It might be a stiff wire (steel or copper-plated steel, maybe), if it's intended to stand up straight, but, just a wire. What is important is its length, so make sure to match the length of a “correct” antenna.
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2023
Super Antenna MS135 SuperWire Stealth Bulk 135 feet Wire #18 Stranded ham Radio Amateur PTFE
THIS IS: The model MS135 SuperWire by Super Antenna. Designed for ham radio portable antennas, ground radials, SDR, and SWL.
LENGTH: 135 feet (41 meters long) , Bulk roll hank of wire without spool. Excellent for crimping or soldering.
HANDLING: Highly flexible and slippery outer jacket surface tangle resistant in the field for portable use. SuperWire by Super Antenna is excellent for making your own portable antennas and radial sets. WEIGHT: Total 12 ounces.
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2023
AEcreative 10-160 Meter Amateur ham HF Band Radio Wire Loop Antenna Balun Unun DIY kit T200-2 Type 2 Iron Powder ferrite toroid core 16AWG Enameled Magnet Winding Wire
All hardware to build your own Balun/Unun up to 1.5KW, for make 1:1, 4:1 or 9:1 Balun/UNUN as desired, many nice build plan available online (we do not provide build plan).
Precise pre drilled waterproof balun box, T200-2 type 2 iron powder toroid core, (optimum resonant freq range 0-40Mhz).
Balun One Nine v1 - Tiny Low-Cost 1:9 HF Antenna Balun and Unun with Antenna Input Protection for Ham It Up, RTL-SDR, HackRF and Other HF-Capable Radios. Great for DIY Dipole and Longwire Antennas
1:9 HF antenna balun for long wire antennas; includes excellent ESD protection on input
Great match for attaching a long wire to the Ham It Up
Fully assembled, and easy to use
Only 39.2mm x 13.0mm and 5g!
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2023
Super Antenna MP1DXTR80 HF SuperWhip Tripod All Band 80m MP1 Antenna with Clamp Mount and Go Bag ham Radio Amateur
THIS IS: The maximum Super Antenna Go Bag setup with 80 meters. The new ruggedized upgraded version of the MP1 SUPER ANTENNA, with TRIPOD, UNIVERSAL MOUNT, TITANIUM SUPER-WHIP, plus 80 METER COIL, and GO BAG. The #1 HF Portable Vertical Antenna worldwide. This package includes the entire /portable /backpack /base /travel antenna system for Ham Radio. Operators who demand top performance choose the MP1DXTR80 for transmitting and receiving on HF and VHF radio frequencies.
Perfect for Vacation. PACKAGE CONTENTS: MP1C Super Antenna + SW1 Titanium SuperWhip + TM1 Low Profile Tripod + UM2 SuperMount + SP3 SuperSpike + MC80 Coil + MR4010 Super Radial Set + MR8075 Radial + MR642 Radial Set + FG1 SWR Ruler + GB Super Go Bag. Everything collapses down to pack into the stealth black Go Bag zip case, which features internal hidden velcro pockets.
SIZE: Total antenna extended length 7ft (2.13m). Antenna Collapsed Size: 12 inches(30cm). Go Bag Size: 13"x9"x3.5" (33x23x9cm) WEIGHT: Antenna itself weighs 1 pound (0.4kg). Antenna with everything in the Go Bag totals 5 pounds. Power Rating: 500W SSB, 300W CW/DATA. EFFICIENCY: Within 1dB of a full size quarterwave vertical antenna on 20 meters (as measured at the HFpack Shootout). COMPATIBILITY: Fully compatible with all Amateur Radio transceivers. CONNECTOR: SO-239 (PL259 compatible 50 ohms).
FREQUENCIES: ALL BANDS 80m, 75m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 11m, 10m meters (3.5MHz to 4.8MHz and 7MHz-30MHz) HF, plus VHF 6m (30MHz-54MHz) with a good SWR. Continuously tunes all frequencies Marine, Government, NGO, CAP, MARS, EmComm, Shortwave, CB, and everything in between. Direct Manual Tuning SuperSlider Coil, with Good SWR. Analyzer or tuner not needed but can help.
FEATURES: This durable SuperWhip features an amazing new indestructible Titanium metal alloy, so flexible that it can be rolled up in an 12 inch diameter circle and stowed in the GB Super Go Bag. The TM1 Low Profile Tripod sets up on any flat surface. The UM2 SuperMount clamps to most surfaces, fences, ladders, tables, benches, railings, or attaches with included U-bolt to any 1.25" pipe, post, or balcony railing.
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2023
LJJDSLYU HAM HF Band1-30Mhz shortwave Radio Balun Unun DIY kit Radio Wire Loop Antenna, NXO-100 Magnetic Balance
HAM Equipment 1-30Mhz Shortwave Radio Magnetic Balance Kits adopts large-size high-quality nickel-zinc magnetic ring, which can work in the short-wavelength range of 1-30MHz
It can withstand 100W-200W. It can easily produce high-performance balun to ensure efficient radio transmission and reception. It allows you to fully enjoy the fun of DIY
1:1 balun is applicable to bipolar DP (inverted V antenna is V) Yagi antenna (40-100)
1:4 balun is suitable for the LOOP antenna and the Winton antenna (200-400). 1:9 balun is suitable for antenna
Please contact the seller for instructions , but also the seller will send you the instructions , please keep your email box can accept the instructions sent in.
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2023
HAM Equipment 1-30Mhz Shortwave Radio Balun Kit NXO-100 Magnetic Balance Amateur Radio Antennas DIY
HAM Equipment 1-30Mhz Shortwave Radio Magnetic Balance Kits adopts large-size high-quality nickel-zinc magnetic ring, which can work in the short-wavelength range of 1-30MHz .
It can withstand 100W-200W. It can easily produce high-performance balun to ensure efficient radio transmission and reception. It allows you to fully enjoy the fun of DIY.
1:1 balun is suitable for bipolar DP antenna (inverted V positive V) antenna such as Yagi (40-100Ω). 1:4 balun for LOOP antenna and Winton antenna (200-400Ω).
1:9 balun is suitable for long-line antennas, with manual day adjustment or automatic day adjustment.
I send the instruction to your email when you buy . Many thanks for your purchasing.
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2023
Super Antenna MP1DXMAX Low Profile Tripod 80m-10m HF +2m VHF Portable Antenna with Go Bags ham Radio Amateur
THIS IS: Super Antenna Low Profile tripod Go Bag setup for all HF Bands 80m-10m and simultaneous VHF 2 meters. The ruggedized compact MP1 SUPER ANTENNA, 2 METER ADAPTER, TRIPOD, UNIVERSAL MOUNT, TITANIUM SUPER-WHIP, 80 & 60 METER COILs, and GO BAG. The #1 HF Portable Vertical Antenna worldwide. Package includes entire emergency communications /portable /backpack /base /travel antenna system for Ham Radio. Operators who demand top performance choose the MP1DXMAX for transmitting/receiving.
Perfect for Vacation and Field Day. PACKAGE CONTENTS: MP1C Super Antenna + MC2 SuperPlexer 2 meter adapter + SW1 Titanium SuperWhip + TM1 Low Profile Tripod + UM2 SuperMount + MC80 Coil + MC60 Coil + FG1 SWR Ruler + GB Super Go Bag + SP3 SuperSpike + All Radial Sets: MR4010, MR8075, MR6060, MR642, MR2R, MR2Y, and MR2B. Everything collapses down to pack into the stealth black Go Bag zip case, which features internal velcro pockets and SW1 SuperWhip storage straps.
SIZE: Total antenna extended length 7ft (2.13m). Antenna Collapsed Size: 12 inches(30cm). Go Bag Size: 13"x9"x3.5" (33x23x9cm) WEIGHT: Antenna itself weighs 1 pound (0.4kg). Antenna with everything in the Go Bag totals 6.5 pounds. Power Rating: 500W SSB, 300W CW/DATA. EFFICIENCY: Within 1dB of a full size quarter-wave vertical antenna on 20 meters (as measured by HFpack Shootout). COMPATIBILITY: Fully compatible with all Amateur Radio transceivers. CONNECTOR: SO-239 (PL259 compatible 50 ohms).
FREQUENCIES: ALL BANDS 80m, 75m, 60m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 11m, 10m, 6m, meters (3.5MHz to 30MHz tuning) plus simultaneous 2 meters (144 to 148 MHz) with a good SWR. Continuously tunes all frequencies Marine, Government, NGO, CAP, MARS, EmComm, Shortwave, CB, MURS, Weather, FM, Scanner, and everything in between. TUNING METHOD: Antenna tunes by calibrated manual slip of the SuperSlider Coil grip, with no need for external power, separate antenna tuner, or analyzer.
FEATURES: New type of Dual Band HF + plus 2 meters antenna, with the MC2 SuperPlexer 2 meter adapter. The durable SuperWhip is an indestructible Titanium metal alloy, so flexible that it can be rolled up in an 12 inch diameter circle and stowed in the GB Super Go Bag. The TM1 Low Profile Tripod sets up on any flat surface. The UM2 SuperMount clamps to most surfaces, fences, ladders, tables, benches, railings, or attaches with included U-bolt to any 1.25" pipe, post, or balcony railing.
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2023
Super Antenna MR1710 SuperWire Radial Set for HF Vertical Antennas 17m 15m 12m 11m 10m Bands ham Radio MP1 Ground Plane
THIS IS: The model MR1710 SuperWire Radial Set by Super Antenna. It is for all Super Antenna MP1 portable HF antenna systems. Made by Super Antenna, designed as part of the /backpack /base /travel /mobile /portable antenna system for Ham Radio. It is for transmitting and receiving on HF radio frequencies.
SPECIFICATIONS: BANDS: Pre-tuned to 17 meters (18MHz), 15 meters (21MHz), 12 meters (24MHz), 10 meters (28MHz-29MHz). FREQUENCY RANGE: Covers 16.5 MHz to 30 MHz continuous. Also covers WARC bands, CAP, MARS, Marine, CB (26MHz-27MHz), and HF bands (when used with MP1 antenna system or similar vertical antennas). GAIN: +4.5dB over typical ground rod.
COMPATIBILITY: Fully compatible with all Super Antenna MP1 Antennas and Equipment. Attaches by included push-on connector to Super Antenna mounts (mount not included, sold separately). Deploys in one minute by one person with no tools needed. Compatible with most other vertical antennas and ground planes. Includes spare mating connector for use with other types of antennas.
SIZE: Packs down to a 6"x4" (15x10cm) compact roll for portability. Extends and fans out to 4 full size quarter-wave wires (1 wire for 17m band, 1 wire for 15m band, 1 wire for 12m/11m band, 1 wire for 10m band). Max wire length: 13 feet (4m). CONNECTOR: Standard push-on spade lug 1/4-inch (6mm) female and #8 Screw ring terminal with screw included. WIRE: Proprietary SuperWire 18AWG 41-Strand PTFE Stealth. LENGTH: Max wire length: 13 feet (4m).
A good example is HF (this is also an example of a special type of dipole-dipole force called a hydrogen bonding). In HF, the bond is a very polar covalent bond. ... Any molecule with a permanent dipole has dipole-dipole forces that hold the molecules next to each other as a solid or liquid.
A dipole antenna commonly consists of two identical conductive elements such as metal wires or rods. ... Most commonly it consists of two conductors of equal length oriented end-to-end with the feedline connected between them. Dipoles are frequently used as resonant antennas.
In order to make a vertical antenna from a coaxial cable, you will need the following materials: 50 ohm (or 75 ohm) coaxial wire with copper shielding. FM receiver with a coaxial connector. 3/8-inch copper tubing.
HF users have found that using a frequency that is the MUF times 0.85 gives the best chance for good results. This is called the frequency of optimum transmission (FOT). Usually the FOT is a good choice for HF communications, but not always.
HF (3-30 MHz) radio waves propagate either as line-of-sight (space) or sky waves. Sky waves are the most useful to understand because they provide the longest geometric range possible (independant of transmitted power).
But the real advantage of HF is skywave propagation, where a single link can span distances as great as 3,000 km (a little less than 1,900 miles). Skywave propagation occurs when the radio wave is refracted (bent) in the uppermost layer of the atmosphere, called the ionosphere.