Antennas for 10 Meters

Antennas for 10 Meters

Antenna: 10 meters, Range: 28 to 29.7 MHz

Good 10 meters antennas are quite easily built using readily available materials. Since 10 meters covers the frequency range of 28 to 29.7 MHz you can use a few simple formulas to compute antenna sizes.

Antennas for 10 meters are among the easiest to make due to their size which is smaller than the rest. In fact, you can easily convert CB radio antennas over to 10 meters with little to no work. Some CB antennas are quite broad-banded so no modifications are necessary to operate them on 10 meters. Creating your own antenna for 10 meters is quite easy to do using the formula for a quarter wave antenna as explained in the next paragraph.

This formula: 234/f can be explained by dividing 234 by the desired frequency in megahertz which will give you the length, in feet, of a 1/4 wave antenna. This formula isn’t exact in that it assumes the radiating element is infinitely small. What this means is if the radiating element was one inch in diameter then the resonant length of the antenna would be a little shorter than the calculated one given by the formula gives you.

Using the formula above you will soon see that an antenna for 10 meters is approximately 8 feet 2 and 7/8 inches in length. This antenna measurement can be used for either a vertical antenna for 10 meters or a horizontal antenna for 10 meters.

Antennas for 10 meters are small and easy to deploy for survivalist needs.

10 meters can be both a fascinating and occasionally challenging band to work. During times of the solar cycle’s greatest sunspot activity 10 meters can be busy because of the many long-distance signals present on the band. The 10 meter band is sometimes referred to as a day-time band meaning it is the most effective during the daylight hours of the radio operator’s current QTH (location). During certain periods of increased sunspot activity (solar activity), “band openings” have been evident from hours before sunset and continue to stay open into the late evening hours.

It would pay for a survivalist to include an antenna for 10 meters. Many current and older CB radios can easily be converted to run on 10 meters.

  10 meter antenna

Vertical Ham Radio Antennas

Vertical Ham Radio Antennas

Vertical Ham Radio Antennas love ’em or hate ’em they are still a viable antenna for use in either two-way communications or simple shortwave listening. Why the bad press for verticals? Well to be honest some verticals really aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Claims made by the designers and/or manufacturers simply don’t hold up when the antennas are put into action. Many amateur radio operators put up vertical antennas in a hurry and tend to skip important considerations set forth by the manufacturer. Once the antenna is up it naturally works in a substandard fashion and the operator generally blames the vertical antenna instead of the fashion in which it was installed.

Vertical Antenna Types

You can’t really have more than one way to erect a vertical antenna and that is in a vertical position. But there are quite a few different types of vertical antennas:

  • Base vertical antennas
  • Mobile vertical antennas
  • Portable vertical antennas
  • Wire vertical antennas
  • Towers and structures as vertical antennas

What’s Best For A Survivalist?

Someone on the move will grab their bug out bag and their emergency radio kit complete with radios and an antenna system of some sort. There are many ways to build a vertical antenna but a survivalist must think of weight and ease of assembly. The picture to the right is an example of a Vertical Ham Radio Antennasself-contained antenna system ready to travel. In this case you merely find a good location for your vertical antenna, assemble the pieces shown above, connect the feedline to your radio and you are in business.