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 The most popular HF antenna for hams with trees to use as antenna supports is the dipole. 

Wire Antennas

  • Curtains for You 
    QST October 1991, pp. 26-30. Feedback, QST December 1991, p.73
    If you have the real estate and the trees, construct this classic Sterba wire curtain for real gain on 10 meters
  • The 160-Meter Antenna Dilemma 
    QST November 1990, pp. 30-32
    A tutorial on what is needed to produce a decent signal on 160-meters.
  • Broadband Transmitting Wire Antennas for 160 through 10 Meters 
    QST November 1995, pp.22-24
    A traveling-wave antenna offers some attractive qualities for your station: 50 ohm feedpoint at ground level, no tuner required, horizontal and vertical radiation components, no radials, nothing in the air but wire, and flexible size and height requirements.
  • The BRD Zapper: A Quick, Cheap and Easy "ZL Special" Antenna 
    QST June 1990, pp. 28-29
    A 15-meter wire antenna that could be used indoors.
  • The Scotsman’s Delight  )
    QST June 1963, pp. 24-26
    10-, 15-, or 20-meter two element wire beam.
  • The Real "ZL Special"
    ARRL Antenna Book, Ninth Edition, p. 214
    10-, 15-, or 20-meter two element unidirectional wire antenna.
  • The "Lowbander's" One-Antenna Farm (586,355 bytes, PDF file)
    QST February 1982, pp. 23-24
    Not enough area for a full-size 160-meter antenna? You may have more room, electrically, than you realize - with plenty of space for 80- and 40-meter antennas, too.
  • The NRY: Simple, Effective Wire Antenna for 80 through 10 Meters
    QST March 1993, pp.22-24
    Known as a broadside collinear curtain array, this antenna is simple to build, rakes in DX signals and has gain over a dipole on all the bands it covers!
  • Zip-Cord Antennas - Do They Work?
    QST March 1979, pp. 31-32
    Parallel power cord is readily available and is easy to work with. How efficient is it when used at radio frequencies? Well, that depends.
  • The "Double-Bazooka" Antenna
    QST July 1968, pp. 38-39
    Broad-band dipole using coaxial construction.
  • The NVIS--A Low Antenna for Regional Communications
    QST June 2002, pp. 28-30
    A low-to-the-ground wire loop antenna that can provide good regional coverage, day or night.
  • The N4GG Array
    QST July 2002, pp. 35-39
    A simple, nearly invisible, multiband wire antenna with reasonable gain, low angle of radiation.
  • The Off-Center-Fed Long-Wire
    W1FB's Antenna Notebook, 1987, pp. 36-38
    This is a simple wire multiband antenna that can be fed with either coax or ladder-line and can be made to operate well from 160- to 10-meters with an antenna tuner.
  • A High Gain Single Wire Beam by Robert Wilson, AL7KK
    QST July 2009, pp 38-39
    The author now recommends feeding this antenna directly with a 4:1 balun instead of the shunt inductor arrangement suggested in the article.