My interests in amateur radio are varied. I enjoy designing and building antennas and this page contains some of my designs and ideas.
I also enjoy operating HF and VHF DXing and contesting.
I'd say that 160 Meters is my favorite band in the winter and 6 meters is my favorite during the summer months.
This is a hex beam I designed for six meters. It has three elements with a turning radius of 54 inches. This antenna can be built from low cost materials available from the local hardware store.
The 3 element hex beam is a novel geometry which differs from the traditional 2 element folded "W" structures. This three element hex beam has 8 dBi gain and a front to back ratio of greater than 20 dB from 50 to 50.500 MHz. For a more detailed description of the three element 6 meter hex beam refer to 3elHex.pdf
For a description of an alternate geometry three element 6 meter hex concept and simulation report see: 3EleHexHat.pdf This antenna has a turning radius of only 48 inches and has similar performance to the antenna shown above.
Email me if you have questions or comments.