Over the years, QST magazine has had more articles on antennas than any other subject. This is probably because your antenna, although it can be the least expensive, easiest to construct component of your station, can have the greatest effect on performance. Over the course of their Amateur Radio "careers," most hams enjoy trying a number of different antennas at their stations. Most hams change antennas more often than they buy new rigs!
This page links you to many different antenna articles and pages on the ARRL web site. The menu on the left provides links to other pages and even more articles and links you can try. You can also select from the links below to some of the more popular antenna pages.
Books and Publications
- The ARRL Antenna Book, 22nd edition.
The Antenna Book is ARRL's flagship publication about antennas. It explains antenna and propagation theory to tell you how antennas work, followed by chapters on all sorts of different antennas and antenna projects you can build. We have a reference page with downloads.
- The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications, 2013 Ed.
The Handbook is ARRL's flagship technical publication. Its chapters on virtually every technical topic provide technical information and construction projects to provide in-depth understanding of nearly everything technical in Amateur Radio. Many chapters have construction projects you can build to give you hands-on experience to let you make a new subject part of your Amateur Radio experience. You can find additional material at the Handbook Reference Page.
ARRL publishes a lot of books about antenna, so we recommend going to the ARRL Store and searching on "antenna". There are many additional titles available describing projects you can build along with the principles of antenna design and construction.
- Antenna and Tower Safety
QST June 2001, p. 91
- Is There an Optimum Height for an HF Antenna? by Kazimierz Siwiak, KE4PT
QST June 2011 pp 33-35
- HF Amplifiers versus Antennas--One Ham's Opinion
QST November 1998, pp. 54-56
The solution to "getting out better" is not necessarily "more power". .
- “What’s Up Top”
QST June 1960, pp. 38-40
Crud and rust can be a real detriment to the performance of your antenna. Here are some procedures to make it look (and work) like new again.
- Beam Talk for the Layman
QST July 1958, pp.35-37
Step-by-step tuning of a gamma matched Yagi antenna and other thoughts on installation.
- Sound-Card Antenna Measurements and Other Useful Techniques
QEX Jan/Feb 2002, pp. 33-46
Measure antenna and receiver performance and record results, even when you are not present, using your computer’s sound card.
- Tower and Antenna Wind Loading as a Function of Height QEX July/August 2001, pp. 23-33
- EZNEC Antenna Software by W7EL Roy Lewallen's business is known by his call sign.
EZNEC 5.0 and EZNEC pro 5.0 are full-featured 32-bit Windows applications
- G4FGQ's Software This memorial site archives the software written by Reg Edward's G4FGQ.
New, original, high-quality, radio engineering/modeling programs. Not freeware -- just free gifts -- please help yourself -- no catch.
- NEC4WIN95VM v3
Antenna Simulation Software for Windows
- Polar Plot by Bob Freeth (G4HFQ)
A program that lets you see what the polar diagram of your relatable beam antenna actually looks like where it is operating
- N1LO's Notepad Tower Page Mark Lowell N1LO, has a page on putting up antennas on towers.
- Welcome to Cecil's Amateur Radio Home Page Cecil Moore W5DXP, ex WN5DXP, of Tyler TX, has a page on antennas.
- Stacking Yagi Antennas by Ian White GM3SEK.
- Stacking, Phasing and Matching Yagis
This is a synopsis of a talk presented to the Sydney VHF DX Group on Tuesday March 16th 1999 by Gordon McDonald VK2ZAB
- KB0YKI's Radio Zone
On-line antenna designers, rooftop tower plans, gamma matches, and more by Aaron Schmitz KB0YKI.
- AC6V's Homebrew Antenna Links Rodney Dinkins AC6V, now a silent key, put together this huge list of links. No updates are expected.
- How to repair a CDE/Hygain/MFJ Rotator by Jim Pickett, K5LAD.