Dipoles are widely used on bands like 80 metres, 40 metres, 20 metres, 15 metres and 10 metres where they can provide excellent levels of performance. A dipole antenna can be a very effective antenna, providing a good level of performance especially if it is erected as high as reasonably possible and away from obstructions, etc. Building am HF ham band dipole does not have to be expensive. Often the items needed can be salvaged from previous antennas, or bought for relatively small cost.
Build an HF Ham Radio Dipole Antenna
Wire Antennas UK - HF Wire Antennas for Ham Radio / Amateur radio. made by hams for hams
The two loops looked a bit horrendous not only because of the wire in the air, but because I used halyards to lift them in the air to the top of wooden stair rails. It was all very messy. They were also extremely close together along the back of the garden which meant some of my RF was absorbed by the other loop. I like loops for two reasons, a for my small garden plot, I can achieve in half the size, what other do with a full size dipole and b a resonant loop will also resonate on every harmonic, that means tuning a 40m loop at 7.
Ham Radio Wire Antennas
Your first Amateur radio antenna. Or the antenna you hide in your attic, because of the coming Zombie invasion of course. Whatever your reason for having a ham radio wire antenna, whether its your wife, neighbors, HOA I hate those , small yard, your renting, your in an apartment or safety reasons or any other reason.