What's your favourite portable antenna type?

EFHW 17.55% 53
Linked dipole 14.57% 44
Single band dipole 11.59% 35
Random length end fed 11.59% 35
Ground-plane 10.93% 33
Other 10.60% 32
Doublet 9.27% 28
Multi-band loaded dipole 6.29% 19
Magnetic loop 5.96% 18
W3EDP 1.66% 5

Total 302 responses

Article discussing the end fed half wave here:


Thanks to all who responded.

73 Richard G3CWI

In reply to G3CWI:
Interesting but not a suprise. What happened to the remaining 10% or so?
Mike G6TUH

Probably in the same place as your mental arithmetic skills Mike!

In reply to M1EYP:
Most likely Tom. Or perhaps I should go to Specsavers.
Mike G6TUH

In reply to G3CWI:

I am kind of surprised a the 18 Magnetic Loops. I remember when I got mine most people said “What is that?” I am also surprised at only 5 W3EDPs. The rest was pretty much expected, +/- a little.

Vy73 - Mike - KD5KC.
El Paso, Texas - DM61rt.
W5-SOTA Association Manager.

In reply to KD5KC:
Hi, Mike. As I pointed out on Richard’s site, the traditional W3EDP with a 126 foot top and a parallel tuner is close to being an EFHW for 80 metres. With the appropriate tuner values it works very well on the traditional bands which are harmonically related, and I find it works well on the WARC bands, too, though I only use it for activating on the 80/60/40 metre bands. With a slightly more complex tuner it could make a useful all-band antenna but my attitude is that if you are going to operate on the higher bands you might as well have less wire in the air so that you don’t need to keep an eye on where other hill-walkers are treading!


Brian G8ADD

So dipole-type antennas get about 42%, end-fed-type antennas about 31%, and the rest about 27%. :wink: