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Practical Antenna Handbook 5/e, 5th Edition by George W. Hippisley, Joseph J. Carr

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CHAPTER 6Dipoles and Doublets

A common misconception about radio communication is that costly antennas and supports are required in order to hear or “get out” well. To the contrary, many of the world’s strongest signals and most competitive amateur radio enthusiasts employ simple but effective antennas that can be erected by inexperienced people without any special tools or equipment. The key to success in these cases is not money—it is knowledge of a few key fundamental concepts, coupled with intelligent planning and siting of the antenna, all based on the user’s objectives.

Leading all other antenna types in performance versus simplicity is the half-wave dipole. The half-wave dipole—consisting of nothing more than a length of wire—is an amazing ...

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