Building the Tiger Tail Antenna

“If you can make a dipole antenna, then you can make any antenna.” – NC Scout Background Your handheld radio has an antenna that is a quarter-wave “monopole”.  It’s not very efficient, but it’s a compromise for better portability and convenience. You can improve this by using a Tiger Tail (also known as a Rat Tail).  This is done by adding a counterpoise to your HT antenna, turning your monopole antenna to a dipole antenna.  This inexpensive and simply made extension will increase your transmission range and may increase your reception.  Because it is tuned you will need to create one for each of your commonly used frequencies. You can… Read More

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