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Array vs End feed vs Dipole

Feb 8th 2019, 15:00


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Is there any advantage of a vertical array in either the broadside, endfire, or cardioid configuration vs an End Feed vs a Dipole?

If I understand correctly, an array could generate some gain in one or two directions. I'm not so sure about the end feed or the dipole.
Feb 9th 2019, 06:56


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An array of four verticals is popularly configured as a "four square,"
Jan 14th, 20:46


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This is a very old post, so I can assume that you've learned what you needed to know, but I will make my comments here. The dipole is a simple antenna that will work wo a tuner on it's frequency, and multiples of that freq. A 40 meter dipole will work on 15 meters, and an 80 meter dipole will work on 10 meters. Add a tuner, and you can work a few more bands. It's easy to put up and get you on the air for Field Day if you are going for ease and speed. It's slightly directional with nulls on the ends. On the other end of things, if you build up a Four Square Array of verticals, you can operate switches in your shack, or go out and switch them in the yard, and you can steer the directivity in any direction you want it to go. But you have had to put forth a whole lot of effort to achieve that luxury. By an End Feed, I believe you are speaking of an End Fed Long Wire. Here you pretty much need to have an antenna tuner. If you have a fairly long length of wire, and have it up the higher the better, you can achieve good propagation with relatively little directivity. Good Luck!

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