The W8IO Antenna Site - 144-18V2 Yagi

(updated 3 Oct 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 34.08 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").

IO-144-18V2 Performance

Electrical Performance:                     0.250" Element Diameter            0.188" Element Diameter
Directive Gain (dBi)                                        17.42                                            xx
Power Gain (dBi)                                            17.31                                            xx
E-Plane F/R (dB)                                            34.08                                            xx
H-Plane F/R (dB)                                           30.07                                             xx
E-Plane 1st Sidelobe (dB)                              -17.9                                              xx
H-Plane 1st Sidelobe (dB)                             -15.5                                              xx
E-Plane Beamwidth (deg)                                26.5                                              xx
H-Plane Beamwidth (deg)                                28.0                                              xx
Max VSWR (144-146 MHz)                           1.5                                                xx
4 Bay G/T (dB) at 4.4m (E) x 4.2m (H)         -0.xx                                               xx
4 Bay G/T (dB) at 4.4m (E) x 4.4m (H)         -0.xx                                               xx
4 Bay G/T (dB) at 4.6m (E) x 4.4m (H)         -0.xx                                               xx
4 Bay G/T (dB) at 4.8m (E) x 4.6m (H)         -0.07                                               xx
4 Bay G/T (dB) at 4.8m (E) x 4.8m (H)         -0.xx                                               xx

Mechanical Performance:
Boom Length        37 feet        11.3 m        5.43 wavelength
Recommended Boom diameters: 1" to 1.625" either square or round (Texas Towers, DX Engineering or On-Line Metals)
Recommended element insulators: Directive Systems
Recommended element sources: On-Line Metals, McMaster-Carr

144-18V NEC file  EZNEC file (1/4" elements)

IO-144-18V2 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 xx
Driven Element
(0.375" OD)
0.286 0.4905 xx
D1 0.421 0.482 xx
D2 0.707 0.4775 xx
D3 1.246 0.466 xx
D4 1.886 0.4585 xx
D5 2.628 0.451 xx
D6 3.419 0.445 xx
D7 4.239 0.439 xx
D8 5.086 0.4345 xx
D9 5.939 0.4315 xx
D10 6.771 0.431 xx
D11 7.592 0.432 xx
D12 8.393 0.434 xx
D13 9.160 0.424 xx
D14 9.925 0.4245 xx
D15 10.658 0.417 xx

Driven Element details (in):

4NEC2 Patterns:

Comments are welcome!

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Roger Cox - Spring Lake, MI