Antennas for 17 Meters

Antennas for 17 Meters

Antenna: 17 meters, Range: 18.068 to 18.168 MHz

Good 17 meters antennas are easy to build with nothing more than readily available materials. Since 17 meters covers the frequency range of 18.068 to 18.168 MHz you can use a few algebraic formulas to compute antenna sizes.

Antennas for 17 meters are easy to make and generally antennas for 17 meters are generally created as dipoles. Dipole construction is covered on our page for 15 meter antennas. Wire antennas for bands such as 17 meters are the most attractive to a survivalists because of their ease in deployment and storage.

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 17 meters is approximately 12 feet 11 and 5/32 inches in length. This antenna measurement can be used for either a vertical antenna for 17 meters or a horizontal antenna for 17 meters.

Voice transmission is allowed on 17 meters so all communications are carried out on Phone, Morse code (better known as CW) or the various digital modes available to ham radio.

(Thanks go out to Bob,  WD9IYS for bringing an error on this page to our attention.)

17 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.