Beginner’s Corner

last updated 18 August 2023.

Sometimes I get carried away with technical details in my articles, so I’m collecting useful links for beginners on this page, and adding Beginner’s Guides in an attempt to provide context and a more gentle introduction to some of the material.

Useful background:

Antenna Philosophy

How to read an antenna article

Notes for non-USA readers

Antenna names

How to choose an antenna

Effective antennas

Beginner’s guides:

A Beginner’s Guide to Field Day

A Beginner’s Guide to NVIS

Simple construction articles:

Simple Construction of Wire Antennas

Dipole Length Table

A Simple Yagi for 2m