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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Radio Society of Great Britain (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872309593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872309590
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 1.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Radio amateurs and short-wave listeners all want to achieve the very best from their HF and VHF equipment. Receivers and transmitters are available to professional standards, but very few people have the real estate to erect the sort of antenna used by a commercial radio station. Antenna guru Peter Dodd explains how, by using a variety of simple techniques, it is possible to achieve very high performance from a compact antenna. Also detailed is how to make an antenna efficient on several bands at once. The book covers end-fed and centre-fed antennas, rotary beams, loops, tuning units, VHF/UHF antennas, antenna and mast construction, transmission lines, and how to estimate and measure the performance of your antenna. Whether you have a house, bungalow or apartment, "Backyard Antennas" will help you find the solution to radiating a good signal on your favourite band.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Tim H Seed on 3 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
Peter Dodd has tackled the very large subject area of antennae design in a methodical, well organised and most beautiful crafted book. It has been written in a slightly technical manual manner, and is thus requires the reader to pay close attention at times - however it contains some of the best illustrations and circuit layouts that I have been able to find.
The book covers quite a bit of home construction topics not often found in other similar books, such as how to prepare Coax cable, making your own ATU as well as a good guide to construction materials, methods and supports.
The book give both Metric and Imperial dimensions via formulae rather than by telling what dimensions to cut - so readers on either side of the Atlantic have no excuses when it comes cutting wire. There are some diagrams however that are only in Metric format - so US buyers be prepared to have to use a calculator.
No matter what type of space you have available you should be able to find something that will work for you - albeit HF, VHF, people with large space or requiring 'stealth' antennae.
As each antennae diagram has a predicted radiation patter with it, it was very pleaseing to see that the book also contained a very interesting chapter on how you can try and measure the performance of your creation. This presents some interesting concepts and techniques that I have not seen anywhere else prior to this. The only slight criticism that I would have on the chapter is in the modern day of computer modelling that some resources were not devoted to this every increasing subject.
I would like to write more however I have been itching to create an HF Cubical Quad, and now I believe I know how to go about it - happy antennae building and good DX.
This book complements most excellently Joe Carr's book Antenna Toolkit - and with these both now on my book shelf I will not be looking for any further titles on this subject for the foreseeable future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Tim H Seed on 26 Sept. 2002
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Peter Dodd has tackled the very large subject area of antennae design in a methodical, well organised and most beautiful crafted book. It has been written in a slightly technical manual manner, and is thus requires the reader to pay close attention at times - however it contains some of the best illustrations and circuit layouts that I have been able to find.
The book covers quite a bit of home construction topics not often found in other similar books, such as how to prepare Coax cable, making your own ATU as well as a good guide to construction materials, methods and supports. This information coupled with the excellent illustrations gives you enough confidence to try and make something like that as well.
The book give both Metric and Imperial dimensions via formulae rather than by telling what dimensions to cut - so readers on either side of the Atlantic have no excuses when it comes cutting wire. There are some diagrams however that are only in Metric format - so US buyers be prepared to have to use a calculator.
No matter what type of space you have available you should be able to find something that will work for you - albeit HF, VHF, people with large space or requiring 'stealth' antennae.
As each antennae diagram has a predicted radiation patter with it, it was very pleaseing to see that the book also contained a very interesting chapter on how you can try and measure the performance of your creation. This presents some interesting concepts and techniques that I have not seen anywhere else prior to this. The only slight criticism that I would have on the chapter is in the modern day of computer modelling that some resources were not devoted to this every increasing subject.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Triggertech on 17 Jun. 2010
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As has been mentioned the book may be a little technical but it is about antennae so that sort of 'goes with the turf'. Clearly laid out and with a big emphasis on the practical I think that this book really hits the spot. It is very well written and explains antenna theory without getting too technical. The illustrations are very good and plentiful. I think that this book will be one I'll be referring to again and again. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Howard Deakin on 12 Sept. 2009
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This book Backyard Antennas is just what it says.
A great book if you are limited to a small space,
to try and put up a respectable looking antenna
"That Works" Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Eire on 27 Oct. 2010
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This book is well written and yes, does go a bit technical at times.But all the information you need on this subject is contained within.It has plenty of designs and diagrams for each antenna.However for the novice Ham I feel that having several photographs of the construction and finished project would enhance the book's usefulness.
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