My antenna farm, if you can call it that, sports a Cushcraft R7000 vertical antenna. I have the original version of the antenna which was manufactured in the 1990’s until a modified design was produced.
At around the same time, MFJ acquired the Cushcraft company and continues to manufacture and sell antennas under the Cushcraft brand.
At my QTH, I was using fan dipoles until very recently. During a bit of maintenance, I decided to try a doublet before completely rebuilding the fan dipoles and re-erecting them. I have to say that I’m quite happy with the results so far…
It should be said that a doublet may not work for everyone. Just like any other antenna, there are so many variables that can affect it’s efficiency and operating parameters, what may work at one place, may be no use somewhere else.
Every radio frequency has a given length (wavelength). The early MW radio receivers used to have the wavelength on the tuning dial rather than the frequency. For example Radio Luxembourg was marked as 208m which equates to 1439 KHz, therefore every antenna has a given length at which it operates at it’s most efficient.
To calculate the length of a dipole the standard formula of 468/f is used, where f is the frequency in MHz. For example, a 14.100 MHz radio wave in free space is approximately 68.6 feet long. It therefore follows that half a wavelength is 34.3 feet in length. Because the RF energy travels about 5% slower in copper wire our formula gives us 33.19 feet for the total length of our dipole.
For 2M (144-146MHz) I’ve experimented in constructing a “J-Pole antenna“. Essentially, this is no more than a length of copper pipe folded back on itself with the feeder connected across the fold, a short distance away.
My experimental J-Pole was constructed from a length of copper tube, the very same tube that is used for car brake pipes, as I happened to have a reel of this pipe laying around.