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    5\8 wave dipole

    Ehow has a 5/8 wave dipole you can make at home and it is easy great for cb use they say,but I don't know what do you guys think ???
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    In the future it would be helpful if you post the address of the article you're referring to.

    I assume this is the one...


    http://www.ehow.com/how_8682360_buil...-11-meter.html


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    That design will not provide a natural match to your radio without also building some form of matching network. The author of that ehow article needs to do more reading in that ARRL Antenna Book he referenced. When a ham uses that length of antenna with no matching at the feedpoint they will typically use ladder line to a tuner. Typical SWR for this antenna design is in the range of 45:1 to 50:1 when fed with coax...


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    I know this is an old thread but I use a set of 5/8 wires, one above the other and hanging from a line at 70' stretched between two cedar trees and pulled down to another line at 20' with only a 4:1 balun as a match and I have 1.3:1 swr. I thought only a half wave antenna had such high swr as 50:1 without a match?
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