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. [Insert image of HT with Antenna] 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.  [Insert image of HT with Antenna with Tiger Tail] Because it is tuned… Read More

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