Re: Off Topic - Antenna Design Software


I scaled a really old Telrex 11 element 50 MHz beam to 2 meters making it out of coat hanger wire. I have no idea what it's real performance was. It just worked, TX and RX. It had about the expected beam width and bandwidth. It worked well enough so I never bothered to fine tune it for the different material used and stuff like that.


On 20200910 06:12:54, Alan G4ZFQ wrote:

effort only to find out that a coat hanger does a better job than my antenna


That's the way!
Use straightened coat hangers, I'd bet you would find it very difficult to prove a "proper" antenna was better.

73 Alan G4ZFQ

Since you are NOT transmitting, SWR really doesn't matter all that much. Why not use the tried and true method of a dipole cut for 54.310Mhz and the reflector 5% longer and director 5% shorter. The spacing set to .125 the wavelength on the director/reflector distance to driven element.

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