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K9WK Antennas Diagram

The horizontal HF antenna is a 73 foot MyAntennas EFLW-1.5K end-fed long wire. The low end of the antenna is up about 30 feet and the high end is up about 40 feet. This antenna runs over the stream in my back yard.

The vertical HF antenna was made from a CB antenna. This antenna works great on 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20 meters when tuned with my Palstar AT2K antenna tuner. It acts as an end-fed vertical and uses the same counterpoise system as the end-fed long wire.

A Comet GP-6 on a roof vent pipe is used for 2M/440 FM as well as a Ringo ARX-2 for 2 meter FM. A pair of horizontally phased loops and an 8 element quad that are supported by telescoping masts on my deck are used for 2 meter SSB.

K9WK Antennas Picture

This is my antenna "farm" showing the Comet GP-6, 73' End Fed Long Wire, Ringo ARX-2, 2 Meter Horizontal Loops and 8 Element 2 Meter Quad. This picture was taken from the end of my driveway.

K9WK 2 Meter Antennas

These are some of my 2 meter antennas. I have a Cushcraft Ringo Ranger ARX-2 for FM and a pair of horizontally phased loops for SSB. They are up on a 36 foot push up telescoping mast off the deck in the back my house.

This puts the top of the ringo at about 200 feet above sea level. These antennas have an SWR of less than 1.2:1. The Delaware river is about 3/4 of a mile away and it is at sea level.

K9WK 2 Meter Quad

K9WK 2 Meter Quad Installed

This is my 2 meter quad. It has 8 elements and it has 14.3 dB gain. It is up about 32 feet (which is really about 186 feet above sea level). The mast above the rotator is a 1 1/4" oak hardwood dowel that has been stained and polyurethaned so that it is sealed against the weather. Wood won't affect the radiation pattern of the antenna. My SWR is less than 1.1:1

I bought it from Randy, WB5QFM off of eBay. He builds these antennas and, I will tell you, they are absolutely outstanding! The workmanship is better than anything that I have ever seen in my 50+ years as a ham. Give a quad a try instead of a beam, I guarantee you that you will be happy that you did!

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