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on 3 October 2002
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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on 26 September 2002
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.
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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on 17 June 2010
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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on 12 September 2009
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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on 27 October 2010
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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on 29 March 2010
if you want to get a book in this subject and live in UK, then I rate this book very highly.totally DIY orientated.
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on 24 May 2016
Useful to make up home-made antennae , practical and gives lots of measurements and material selections. recommeded as it covers all bands. Some of the tuner designs are very complex, as are the beams, but you can save a lot making your own.
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on 24 February 2015
Despite arriving with a slightly damaged front cover, it is a good book for people with limited space. It covers basics such as theory, construction and choosing sites for antenna.
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on 1 March 2016
Worth the money? - yes, an excellent book containing some excellent solutions to get the space challenged ham on the air.
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on 2 July 2015
This is an ideal. Ok to help with erecting an antenna where space is limited.
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