Practical Antenna Handbook, Fifth Edition

  • 13h 9m
  • George W. Hippisley, Joseph J. Carr
  • McGraw-Hill
  • 2012


Design and build your own antennas with the help of this unique guide. Updated and revised to provide clear answers to questions frequently asked by hobbyists and electronics technicians, Practical Antenna Handbook, Fifth Edition blends theoretical concepts with hands-on experience--requiring only high school mathematics

Reorganized to flow logically from broad physical principles to specific antenna design and construction techniques, the book begins by covering the fundamentals. Then the half-wave dipole is discussed both as an excellent antenna in its own right and as a conceptual tool for predicting the performance of other designs. Transmission line impedance matching techniques--and a companion Smith chart tutorial--lead into "must have" accessories for tuning, monitoring, and troubleshooting antenna system performance. Other tools, such as antenna modeling software and network analyzer add-ons for PCs and Macs, are addressed, and concluding chapters offer fresh insights into support structures and installation techniques.


  • Characteristics of all-driven and parasitic arrays
  • Beverages and small MF/HF receiving loops
  • Top-loaded shunt-fed towers and other verticals
  • Theory and design of Yagi beams
  • Effect of real ground on propagation and antenna patterns, impedance, and efficiency
  • Lightning protection and four kinds of ground systems
  • Zoning and restrictive covenants


  • Dipoles and inverted-Vs
  • Quads, delta, and NVIS loops
  • Wire arrays (bobtail curtain, half-square, rhombic)
  • Verticals and shunt-fed towers
  • Rotatable Yagi beams
  • MF/HF receiving antennas (flag, pennant, K9AY, Beverage)
  • Mobile and portable antennas
  • VHF/UHF/microwave antennas
  • And many more

About the Authors

Joseph Carr was a military electronics technician and the author of several popular electronics books, including McGraw-Hill’s Secrets of RF Design, Third Edition and Old Time Radios! Restoration and Repair. He wrote a monthly column for Nuts & Volts magazine.

George W. (Bud) Hippisley, W2RU, earned his BSEE degree from MIT, and was formerly chief operating officer for a major supplier of electronics to the cable TV industry. A long-time active amateur radio operator who has won or ranked nationally in many competitive on-the-air operating events, he has given talks on the basics of antennas and ionospheric propagation to radio clubs and other groups for more than 35 years.

In this Book

  • Introduction to Radio Communications
  • Radio-Wave Propagation
  • Antenna Basics
  • Transmission Lines and Impedance Matching
  • Antenna Arrays and Array Gain
  • Dipoles and Doublets
  • Large Wire Loop Antennas
  • Multiband and Tunable Wire Antennas
  • Vertically Polarized Antennas
  • Wire Arrays
  • Vertical Arrays
  • The Yagi-Uda Beam Antenna
  • Cubical Quads and Delta Loops
  • Receiving Antennas for High Frequency
  • Hidden and Limited-Space Antennas
  • Mobile and Marine Antennas
  • Emergency and Portable Antennas
  • Antennas for 160 Meters
  • VHF and UHF Antennas
  • Microwave Waveguides and Antennas
  • Antenna Noise Temperature
  • Radio Astronomy Antennas
  • Radio Direction-Finding (RDF) Antennas
  • Antenna Tuners (ATUs)
  • Antenna Modeling Software
  • The Smith Chart
  • Testing and Troubleshooting
  • Supports for Wires and Verticals
  • Towers
  • Grounding for Safety and Performance
  • Zoning, Restrictive Covenants, and Neighbors