Classic single wire beverage antenna by OK2ZAW

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The beverage is a long wire antenna installed very close to the ground. The antenna should be longer than 1 wavelength and installed at a height of less than 0,05 wavelength above ground. The beverage is usually terminated in a resistance at the end (opposite the feedpoint).
Beverage antennas provide one of the least expensive and most reliable ways to improve DX capabilities on the low frequencies.

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Main functions:

Option - Common-mode current choke to hams hack:

Link to CMCC


CMCC 1 to 3 port

Schematic and measurement:

Feeder schematic

Terminator schematic

Terminator BOG



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Beverage terminator sch brd
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User review

  • Thanks for email from Charlie HA4XH: It is with great pleasure that I share with you our very positive experience thanks to our new 300m beverage antenna. The antenna was mounted at a height of 3m in a direction of 325 degrees in a small acacia forest. It is powered by a 75 ohm RG59 coaxial cable. At this height, the wire is not an obstacle on the crossing footpath either. Complemented by a K9AY preamplifier, the antenna performed super well in the 160-80-40 mts bands in the ARRL CW contest. I'm sure we've had at least three times as many W / VE QSO's as a result. I can t even imagine how many nice QSO's we missed without this antenna. Thanks for your great products, we are very pleased with it, as evidenced by the pictures taken by our two cheerful operators during the contest. It was a little difficult to install the antenna in the woods, but it was worth the effort.

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