ARRL

Antennas

Introduction

HB9Q dishOver 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, 2014 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.

Articles

Web Links

  • 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