QRP Multi-band HF EFHW antenna for SOTA
Post updated 29 September 2017. I have inserted two additional links for coverage on 17m and 30m. I have changed the counterpoise wire from 1.5 metres to 6.8 metres long.
My take on a QRP HF EFHW inverted V antenna designed for use on five amateur radio bands 15m, 17m, 20m, 30m and 40m.
My preferred SSB operating frequencies are:
- 21.300 MHz
- 18.140 MHz
- 14.310 MHz
- 10.130 MHz
- 7.090 MHz
From the feed point the total length is 20.1 metres (65.94 feet).
Links are inserted at 6.69 metres (21 MHz), 7.85 metres (18 MHz), 10.05 metres (14 MHz) and 14.06 metres (10 MHz). For operation on 7 MHz close all links. The counterpoise wire is 6.8 metres long. The coax feedline between the EFHW tuner and the radio is 2 metres long.
Antenna winder: TET-Emtron (Perth), Squid Pole: Haverford (Sydney)
Link Insulator: 30mm length of 6mm fibreglass rod, salvaged from a surplus UHF mobile antenna
Connectors: automotive spade connector male and female pair
Clamps: small black cable ties UV resistant
Circuit – Impedance Matching unit rated at 15 watts
Coax feed line between the impedance matching unit and the radio is a 2 metre length of RG58AU.
The EFHW antenna is a popular choice among VK SOTA activators.
First Published: 14 August 2014 Last Update: 29 September 2017.
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Reference site: Steve Yates AA5TB The End Fed Half Wave Antenna