eHam Forums => Elmers => Topic started by: KI4HBX on April 21, 2006, 03:48:02 PM

Title: Antenna advice
Post by: KI4HBX on April 21, 2006, 03:48:02 PM
I just purchased a IC-2200H I am going to use this as a home base rig and would like advice on the best antenna to install on my house for it I would like somthing that is not complicated to put together or install. Thanks for any help KI4HBX

Title: Antenna advice
Post by: N3NYC on April 21, 2006, 04:12:17 PM
If you want omni-directional coverage, a J-pole would be a good choice.  I've had bad luck with direct coax feed-- I can't get it to tune up properly-- but tuning one up is a snap if you use a 4:1 half-wave coax balun.

If you want a Yagi, check out the "Cheap Yagis" articles in various issues of CQ-VHF magazine from 1998 and '99.  They're cheap, easy to build (#8 copper wire and 1x2's), tolerant of slop in the measurements (if you're off by a few sixteenths of an inch, don't sweat it), and they work great as-built-- no tweaking needed.  Just be sure to mount it "on its side" for vertical polarization for FM service!


November Three New York Central

Title: Antenna advice
Post by: NG0K on April 21, 2006, 05:58:55 PM
A good choice is a Diamond or Comet 1/4 wave groundplane antenna for around $90.  

The Arrow OSJ 146/440 antenna is a nice j-pole for around $40.

1/4 waves groundplanes and j-poles are plenty if you get them up 20 feet or more and in the clear. I personally prefer the 1/4 wave antennas.

73, Doug

Title: Antenna advice
Post by: WA1RNE on April 21, 2006, 08:00:21 PM
 This web site has worn out the J Pole antenna 1000 times over. Can we come up with something a little more original than this??

 I would build a 1/4 wave ground plane before I bothered with a "JoyPole".

 Otherwise, one of the best commercial alternatives is the Hustler G6-144B collinear. It's a very well made, high performance  2 meter vertical that has more than stood the test of time.

 73, Chris



Title: Antenna advice
Post by: N6AJR on April 21, 2006, 09:40:00 PM
for about $60 there is a good 2/440 antenna ( diamond  200 look alike) at

Title: Antenna advice
Post by: AB0RE on April 21, 2006, 09:49:14 PM
I'd check into the Diamond X50A if I were you.  It does not have much for gain (only 6' tall), but it is a solid one-piece antenna that installs in minutes and is completely weatherproof.  As a bonus, it also does 440 should you decide to get a radio with 440 capabilities.

Dan / ab0re

Title: Antenna advice
Post by: AI4NS on April 22, 2006, 06:05:03 AM
Arrow Antennas. Period. Dual band 1/4 wave for $35.00. Solid construction. I have one up about 20 feet, and work the area repeaters with a HT. The repeaters are all more than 25 miles from my home. I run net control on a 2M net with the HT.


Title: Antenna advice
Post by: N3UMH on April 22, 2006, 03:12:15 PM
Hey Chris, check out my "MURS Collinear for KI4CYB" post... it's a bit more original than a J-pole, though I wouldn't call a 5/8 wave over 5/8 wave an original design.

J-poles do seem to have better-than-reality performance ascribed to them sometimes, but it is an easy-to-build way to end feed a 1/2 wave vertical antenna.