Doublet antenna

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The doublet antenna: lengths are symmetrical (e.g. AB = CD and BE = CF).

The doublet antenna is a centre fed dipole antenna[1] with a balanced feeder.[2] It can be connected to a symmetric antenna tuner if it is connected to a common transceiver with unbalanced antenna connector. Even though for simple balancing the antenna a 4:1 balun could be used, the impedances will differ in general.[2]

The main concept of this multiband antenna is that the radiating element does not have to be resonant at any particular frequency, although there are certain lengths (radiator length AB + feedline length BE) to be avoided.[2]


This antenna type is widely used for QRP purposes, because it can be built very easily from common four-stranded computer cable.[3]


US Military personnel occasionally use a 'doublet' antenna,[4] especially during dismounted unconventional warfare. A radio operator may choose to bring several doublet antennas for different frequencies, such as an antenna cut to length for the set MEDEVAC (medical evacuation) frequency, NCS (net control station) frequency, and tactical frequency (the frequency used by troops in the field).

This approach may not be acceptable depending on the mission because a doublet antenna will not work with the standard SINCGARS radio when using frequency hopping (FH) but is effective for single channel (SC). A doublet antenna is more practical for radios not intended for FH.


  1. ^ Practical Antenna Handbook (J. Carr)
  2. ^ a b c Practical Wire Antennas – Effective HF Designs for the Radio Amateur (J. Heys, G3BDQ)
  3. ^ NorCal Doublet Antenna, Doug Hendricks (KI6DS)
  4. ^ doublet antenna