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Design and build your own antennas with the help of this unique guide. Updated and revised to provide clear answers to questions frequently asked by hobbyists and electronics technicians, Practical Antenna Handbook, Fifth Edition blends theoretical concepts with hands-on experience—requiring only high school mathematics

Reorganized to flow logically from broad physical principles to specific antenna design and construction techniques, the book begins by covering the fundamentals. Then the half-wave dipole is discussed both as an excellent antenna in its own right and as a conceptual tool for predicting the performance of other designs. Transmission line impedance matching techniques—and a companion Smith chart tutorial—lead into "must have" accessories for tuning, monitoring, and troubleshooting antenna system performance. Other tools, such as antenna modeling software and network analyzer add-ons for PCs and Macs, are addressed, and concluding chapters offer fresh insights into support structures and installation techniques.


  • Characteristics of all-driven and parasitic arrays
  • Beverages and small MF/HF receiving loops
  • Top-loaded shunt-fed towers and other verticals
  • Theory and design of Yagi beams
  • Effect of real ground on propagation and antenna patterns, impedance, and efficiency
  • Lightning protection and four kinds of ground systems
  • Zoning and restrictive covenants


  • Dipoles and inverted-Vs
  • Quads, delta, and NVIS loops
  • Wire arrays (bobtail curtain, half-square, rhombic)
  • Verticals and shunt-fed towers
  • Rotatable Yagi beams
  • MF/HF receiving antennas (flag, pennant, K9AY, Beverage)
  • Mobile and portable antennas
  • VHF/UHF/microwave antennas
  • And many more


* Tables of worldwide geographic coordinates and antenna dimensions vs. frequency
• Supplier updates
• Author's blog
• Additional photographs and schematics
• Links to tutorials and specialized calculators

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071639583
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/21/2011
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 1,302,413
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Carr was a military electronics technician and the author of several popular electronics books, including McGraw-Hill’s Secrets of RF Design, Third Edition and Old Time Radios! Restoration and Repair. He wrote a monthly column for Nuts & Volts magazine.

George W. (Bud) Hippisley, W2RU, earned his BSEE degree from MIT, and was formerly chief operating officer for a major supplier of electronics to the cable TV industry. A long-time active amateur radio operator who has won or ranked nationally in many competitive on-the-air operating events, he has given talks on the basics of antennas and ionospheric propagation to radio clubs and other groups for more than 35 years.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Background & History;
Chapter 1. Introduction to Radio Communications
Part II: Fundamentals

Chapter 2. Radio-Wave Propagation

Chapter 3. Antenna Basics

Chapter 4. Transmission Lines and Impedance Matching

Chapter 5. Antenna Arrays and Array Gain

Part III: High-Frequency Building-Block Antennas

Chapter 6. Dipoles and Doublets

Chapter 7. Large Wire Loop Antennas

Chapter 8. Multiband and Tunable Wire Antennas

Chapter 9. Vertically Polarized Antennas

Part IV: Directional High-Frequency Antenna Arrays

Chapter 10. Wire Arrays

Chapter 11. Vertical Arrays

Chapter 12. The Yagi-Uda Beam Antenna

Chapter 13. Cubical Quads and Delta Loops

Part V: High-Frequency Antennas for Specialized Uses

Chapter 14. Receiving Antennas for High Frequency

Chapter 15. Hidden and Limited-Space Antennas

Chapter 16. Mobile and Marine Antennas

Chapter 17. Emergency and Portable Antennas

Part VI: Antennas for Other Frequencies

Chapter 18. Antennas for 160 Meters

Chapter 19. VHF and UHF Antennas

Chapter 20. Microwave Waveguides and Antennas

Chapter 21. Antenna Noise Temperature

Chapter 22. Radio Astronomy Antennas

Chapter 23. Radio Direction-Finding (RDF) Antennas

Part VII: Tuning, Troubleshooting, and Design Aids

Chapter 24. Antenna Tuners (ATUs)

Chapter 25. Antenna Modeling Software

Chapter 26. The Smith Chart

Chapter 27. Testing and Troubleshooting

Part VIII: Mechanical Construction and Installation Techniques

Chapter 28. Supports for Wires and Verticals

Chapter 29. Towers

Chapter 30. Grounding for Safety and Performance

Chapter 31. Zoning, Restrictive Covenants, and Neighbors

Appendix A. Useful Math

Appendix B. Suppliers and Other Resources


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