Wire Antennas + Fittings

The EFW Antenna

 

For HF operation, wire antennas are by far and away the most popular options. The prime reasons are that they are both cheap and also easy to install. The majority of hams can only dream of what it might be like to own a large directional array such as a Yagi. The fact remains that most of us for one reason or another have to make do with what the majority end up with; a wire antenna!


In this section we show a range of options. One option which I personally now endorse is the EFW (end fed wire). The name is pretty random and to most of us it suggest a length of wire that will fit into the garden! But in recent times this “random” end fed wire has become more refined.


An end fed wire is not easy to feed and always requires a matching unit. Some form of ATU has always been needed. This in turn requires accurate tuning for each band and changing bands requires new settings to be made. However, modern component technology has now permitted the matching unit to be preset and housed in a small box that effectively becomes part of the antenna. The result is an antenna that can be end fed directly with coax cable and does not require an ATU. Any minor VSWR remaining can be matched using your radio’s internal ATU. In many ways this antenna can become the dream backyard antenna. Let’s take a look at the advantages.


1. An EFW is often the easiest to fit into a garden. No long lengths of coax cable dangling down. 


2. An EFW can easily be installed as an inverted “V” or an inverted “L.”  Both forms of installation reduce the space needed.


3.  The mast support requirements are minimal because you are only supporting wire and not baluns or heavy coax feeder.


4.  It is easy to install either as a permanent or temporary antenna.


I would strongly suggest that you use a branded and tested model. I personally use the MyAntenna model because, like many other users around the world, I have found that it works really well with low receive noise.  Similar comments apply to the MFJ model. The extra cost is more than justified because no external ATU is needed. 


Maybe a word of warning is needed. Some of the cheaper designs seem to be very lossy and the claimed low VSWR may well be the result of these losses rather than efficient transfer of power!! 


Peter Waters G3OJV.

 

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  1. MyAntennas EFHW-4010 End Fed 1kW

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    4-Band end fed wire 63ft 1kW Learn More
  2. MyAntennas EFHW-8010 End Fed 1kW

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    8-Band End Fed Wire antenna 130ft 1kW

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  3. WATSON End Fed 80m Wire Dipole WREF-80

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    80 Metre Band End Fed Half Wave Long Wire

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  4. MFJ-1982MP End Fed WIre Antenna for 80 - 10m

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    End Fed Wire Antenna for 80 to 10m rated at 300W

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  5. WATSON End Fed 20m Wire Dipole WREF-20

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    20m end fed Long Wire - 150W PEP

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  6. WATSON End Fed 17m Wire Dipole WREF-17

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    17m end fed Long Wire - 150W PEP

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  7. WATSON End Fed 15m Wire Dipole WREF-15

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    15m end fed Long Wire - 150W PEP

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  8. WATSON End Fed 60m Wire Dipole WREF-60

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    60m end fed Long Wire - 150W PEP

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  9. Watson G5RV-XF

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    Full Size G5RV with 450 Ohm Ladder

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  10. Watson G5RV-DS

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     Double Size G5RV with 300 Ohm Ladder.

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  11. Watson G5RV-FULL

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    G5RV FULL Watson 80 10m Dipole.

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  12. Watson G5RV-HALF

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    G5RV HALF 40-20-15-10m Dipole.

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  13. Radio Works CW40-LP

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    High performance 40-10m wire anntenna

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  14. Radio Works CW-20 Carolina Windom 20, 15, 10m

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    Carolina Windom 20, 15, 10m 34 feet long (10.36m)

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  15. WIMO 20m End Fed Dipole Antenna

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  16. Radio Works SHORT-80

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    80-10m Carolina Windom 1500w

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  17. Radio Works 80-SPECIAL

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    80-10m only 66ft length

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  18. WATSON 12m End fed Wire Dipole. WREF-12

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    12m end fed Long Wire - 150W PEP

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  19. Radio Works REM-BAL

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    Remote waterproof balun 160-10m 4:1   1.5KW

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  20. WATSON 10m Eend Fed Wire Dipole WREF-10 10m

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    10m end fed Long Wire - 150W PEP

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  21. WIMO MTFT 40m End Fed Dipole

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  22. Radio Works CW-COMPACT-160

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    160 Carolina Windom 160-6m inc WARC bands 134 feet long (40.5m)1500W

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  23. Radio Works SL-80(Super Loop)

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    80-10 meters +30, 17, 12 m WARC

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  24. Radio WorksCW-COMPACT-80

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    Comact 80-6m wire antenna

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  25. Radio Works CW-40PLUS

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    66ft  40-10m works Carolina antenna

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