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Build a FOLDED MONOPOLE antenna for 440-450 MHz CHEAP!

By Derek McIntyre KC4FWC

If you need a unity gain 440 MHz antenna that has the basic radiation pattern of a 1/4 wave ground plane but presents a VERY WIDE BANDWIDTH and is DC GROUNDED for lightning protection and eliminates wind static, then build this handy folded monopole in 30 minutes.

Tools and Parts Needed:

1. Some #12 wire (or clothes hangers) and some #14 wire (or 3/32" brass welding rods)
2. One piece of 75 ohm coax, +/- one foot, RG-11, RG-6, or RG-59
3. Piece of copper sheet about the thickness of trunkline duct work (16 gauge)
4. 60 watt soldering iron and solder
5. SO-239 bulkhead or BNC-Female bulkhead connector
6. Ordinary hand tools
7. Watt meter (optional)

THEORY BEHIND A FOLDED MONOPOLE - Electrically to RF it presents the same radiation pattern as a normal 1/4 wave ground plane. The vertical pattern is approximately 30 degrees which is considered a relatively high angle of radiation as compared to other UHF antennas with gain, such as Celwave's Super Stationmaster antennas with as much as 10 dB of gain with a vertical beamwidth of 7 degrees! However, GAIN and LOW ANGLE OF RADIATION is often not needed, and in turn can degrade repeater/base station performance greatly in certain situations. Take into effect the diagram below and imagine the antenna listed is a HIGH GAIN antenna with a vertical beamwidth of 7 degrees (such as the Stationmaster series)

In this situation, we will say that the house is where I used to live in Foscoe, NC in a huge hole where I am surrounded by hills on each side. The repeater site is Beech Mountain, nearly 1500 feet above me but only 12 miles away. If I used a high gain, low angle radiation antenna at the house, and the repeater used the same thing, notice how our patterns miss each other. My pattern hits the side of other hills and the repeater antenna skews useful RF 1000 feet over my head where it doesn't do any good. If I key the repeater and work it at all, it is probably due to reflections off other objects.

In this case, we both use a 1/4 wave ground plane antenna with a vertical pattern of nearly 30 degrees. Though the repeater on the mountain will not give as strong a signal out on the far horizon, close-in performance in valleys will increase significantly as shown above. Also, at the home station, the pattern may also hit the other hills, but not as great a percentage. A good deal of the RF is directed more upward and out of the hole since the angle of radiation has now been increased.

The folded monopole antenna is such as this. At an electrical 1/4 wavelength, a short back to ground is not seen as an RF short, but a DC short. Therefore, the antenna is frequency sensitive and will not work at harmonic multiples like a regular 1/4 wave ground plane would. The transmitter actually sees the shorted antenna like the picture on the right. The stub on the right side adds capacitance to ground, lowering the resonant frequency. Therefore, the folded monopole antenna is generally cut about 10% shorter than a physical 1/4 wave at a given frequency to produce the correct resonance.

Listed above are the dimentions for the antenna. Now we are presented with another situation when it comes to the antenna itself. Unlike 1/4 wave ground planes which present an unbalanced termination impedance of 50 ohms (when ground radials are bent to a 30 degree angle), the folded monopole when constructed as such presents a 100 ohm impedance. In order to match 100 ohms to 50, we can use an odd quarter wavelength of 75 ohm coax as listed in the picture. To figure this, take the impedance given times the desired impedance (100 x 50) = 1500 and take the square root of that number (which is 70.7) and that is the feedline matching section you are looking for. In this case, we use 75 ohm since it is so close. Next, to find the length, you must know the coax velocity factor. Foam cables are usually 88% and solid dielectric cable is around 66%. Let's use foam cable here. Now, find the frequency you are looking for which is 445 MHz. Take 2808 and divide by 445 and get 6.3 inches. Now, times that by the velocity factor of 88% (0.88) and get approximately 5.5 inches. This is ONE ELECTRICAL QUARTER WAVE LENGTH FOR 445 MHz using cable with an 88% velocity factor. You may use this length for your matching section, or times it by 3 and get 16.5, or times it by 7, 9, 11, or whatever you desire so long as it is an ODD multiple. Then, stick a barrell on the other end and run it to your 50 ohm transmission line.

Soldering to the base and radiating element. You may choose to do this another way by using larger conductors. When increasing the element diameter by 2 times, increase the spacing between center and return element by 50% to maintain proper impedance. You may wish to connect a wattmeter or return loss bridge with tracking generator to the antenna and check for center frequency. Typically, at the dimentions shown there is 20 MHz of bandwidth total below 1.5:1 VSWR. Normally VSWR at center frequency runs around 1.2:1. Mount the antenna by means of hose clamping the PL-259 connector to a pipe or tie a string up and hang it froma tree limb. Again, this antenna was built in around 15 minutes on a lunch break at work, using primitive tools and materials. One could build an extremely strong version of this, like Decibel Products DB-201.

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