Introduction: DIY 5$ Portable VHF Yagi Antenna for the 2 Meter Band (144-146 MHz) by F4HWK

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In this publication i explain how to build a very light weight, cheap, easy to build and deployable in 30 seconds portable VHF antenna for the 2 meter band. Here i present all steps to build this antenna. Measurement results for the S11 (or SWR) are also provided. The estimation of the gain for this antenna by an electromagnetic simulator is given on my blog :

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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All you need for this antenna are 3 pcs of 4 mm diameter threaded rods, a PVC bar with a rectangular cross section (15 x 15 x 100 mm) and some screws. You also will need something to cut the rods and a drill.

Step 2: Dimensions

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All dimensions are given in mm on the first figure. The antenna is a Yagi type antenna, so it is composed of one reflector, visible on the bottom part of the figure. The reflector is split in two parts, but its overall length is 98 cm. The main dipole on the middle of the photo has also two (hopefully) identical parts. Finally, on the top we can see the drilled PVC bar.

In order to connect the dipole you will need some coax cable. In my case it is an RG316. The feeding length of 40 mm visible on the second photo should be respected.

Step 3: Assembling

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The assembled antenna should look like on photos.

Step 4: Tunning

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If you have an antenna analyzer you can tune the antenna by increasing or decreasing the length visible on the photo. Otherwise, it should work fine if you have respected all dimensions.

Step 5: Measurements

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Here i present the measured SWR of the antenna. As you can see, the impedance of the antenna is very well matched to a 50 ohm system. Between 144 MHz and 146 MHz, antenna has an SWR less than 1.2 . For an SWR of 2, the antenna has a bandwidth from 138 MHz to 151 MHz which is a pretty good result.



todop (author)2017-09-02

Im new and I plan to do a mixed lazy dual band antenna with threaded rods ,so i can just thread them through amd screw them. After that I might add elwments for 70cm. And make it higher gain eventually. For now Ill just mix yours and a 3 element design for 145 later Ill try to mix it with and

kavea (author)todop2017-09-03

Ok good idea. However it will not properly work if you mix different designs. I would take all dimensions from wb5cxc Yagi, it seems to have a nice performance.

Good luck and share the photo when you finished

todop (author)2017-09-01

Have you tried with 3 elements or more? I want to do something similar with 3 elements.

kavea (author)todop2017-09-01

It will work, not a problem, you will increase the gain if designed in a right way. But with more directors it becomes less and less portable.