The program is based on the work of
DL6WU, The farther of amateur Yagi antennas.
thinking about designing and building a Yagi antenna for
54.310 MHz, I don't need much gain, just a simple 3 element
antenna. I have asked around and have been referred to a
few online calculators for Yagi design. Today I found a
pretty good Excel calculator http://on5au.be/content/a10/trans/ant-design.html
that is not just a cookie cutter calculator like the online
versions which is better but I would also like to be able to
see the radiation pattern and SWR graphs.
I tried for
many hours on Monday to design the Yagi in 4NEC2 because it
has a CAD type interface for creating the antenna, which I
like but it still leaves a lot to be desired. I got hung up
on running the optimizer, it was asking for variables but
they were blank and I have little idea of what I should put
in there. I found a couple of online tutorials but They did
little explaining on the ins and outs of the variables that
is supposed to be entered into the program.
I did a lot of searching online today for an easy to use
program, I guess with my getting older, my brain is hardening
a lot more than it use to because I am having a lot of trouble
to orient my thinking to be able to use even 4NEC2. All of
the "free" programs are difficult, not user friendly, or just
won't run on Windows 10.
Today I found a program called PCAAD 7.0. http://antennadesignassociates.com/pcaad7.htm
I couldn't find any reviews for it, The user manual has some
explanation on how the software works but I would have to buy
it in order to really try it. At $549 it is a bit steep,
however it "appears" easy to use and covers a lot of different
antenna types, including Yagi type. So my question is: Does
anyone have any knowledge of this program? or has anyone used
it before? Is it really easy to use? And does it do a really