The W8IO Antenna Site - 144-15V Yagi

(updated 28 Sep 2016)

This particular antenna design was inspired by Hartmut DG7YBN and he was inspired by Gnter DL6WU and Brian K6STI. His designs blend extremely high antenna gain, high G/T (which means a low noise temperature) along with a broad gain and VSWR bandwidth. The DE design is also very easy to build and allows adjustment of VSWR without significantly affecting the gain and pattern performance. A broad VSWR and gain bandwidth is ideally suited for wet and snow/ice climates where accumulation of moisture on the elements can lower the antennas resonant frequency and degrade performance. In this design, I have adjusted the spacing and element lengths slightly to increase the Front/Rear to values over 30 dB in each plane. The E-plane achieves an amazing 34.6 dB Front/Rear (all lobes from -90 to -180 degrees) at 144.1 MHz. This allows the antenna to reject terrestrial noise sources to an extremely high degree for improved EME performance in noisy locations. Element diameters are common US sizes (1/4" and 3/16").

144-15V Performance

Electrical Performance:                     0.250" Element Diameter            0.188" Element Diameter
Directive Gain (dBi)                                        16.58                                               xx
Power Gain (dBi)                                            16.47                                               xx
E-Plane F/R (dB)                                            34.6                                                 xx
H-Plane F/R (dB)                                            31.6                                                xx
E-Plane 1st Sidelobe (dB)                              -20.7                                                xx
H-Plane 1st Sidelobe (dB)                             -17.5                                                xx
E-Plane Beamwidth (deg)                                 xx                                                  xx
H-Plane Beamwidth (deg)                                 xx                                                  xx
Max VSWR (144-146 MHz)                           1.5                                                 xx
4 Bay G/T (dB) at 4.6m (E) x 4.4m (H)          -0.80                                                xx

Mechanical Performance:
Boom Length        30 feet        9.144 m        4.4 wavelength
Recommended Boom diameters: 1" to 1.5" either square or round (DX Engineering or On-Line Metals)
Recommended element insulators: Directive Systems
Recommended element sources: On-Line Metals, McMaster-Carr

144-15V NEC file  EZNEC file (1/4" elements)
144-15Vse NEC file  EZNEC file (3/16" elements)

144-15V Dimensions

Element Cum Spacing
0.250" Element Diameter
Element Half-Lengths (m)
Dielectric Boom or NEC simulation
0.188" Element Diameter
Element Half-Lengths (m)
Dielectric Boom or NEC simulation
Reflector 0 0.5095 0.51205
Driven Element
(0.375" OD)
0.286 0.4905 0.4905
D1 0.421 0.482 0.4845
D2 0.707 0.4775 0.480
D3 1.246 0.466 0.4685
D4 1.886 0.4585 0.4610
D5 2.628 0.451 0.4535
D6 3.419 0.445 0.4475
D7 4.239 0.439 0.4415
D8 5.086 0.4345 0.437
D9 5.939 0.4315 0.434
D10 6.771 0.431 0.4335
D11 7.592 0.4295 0.432
D12 8.390 0.4225 0.4250
D13 9.144 0.4085 0.411

Driven Element details (in):

4NEC2 Patterns:


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Roger Cox - Spring Lake, MI