InnovAntennas have added new dual-band Yagi models to their 70/144MHz dual-band range.
InnovAntennas have added new dual-band Yagi models to their 70/144MHz dual-band range. Following the success of the 12-element 2.4m long version, a 15-element on a 3.3m boom and an 18-element on a 4.5m boom have been added for 2019.
The HF range includes the XR5, which has a very short boom of only 11ft (3.4m) but full-sized elements for each of the five HF bands between 20m and 10m, making it (say Innov) the most compact ‘Full sized’ HF multibander in the world.
The XR5 has a single feedpoint and all five bands can be used simultaneously so it is ideal for SDR radios and SO2R (single-op, two radio) operation. The XR5 is also available in a more compact version called the XR5C. This has capacity-loaded 20m elements, which reduces the width of the antenna from 39ft (11.8m) to 29ft (8.8m).
Brigg & District Amateur Radio Club (BDARC) are an early user and the photo shows club members assembling the antenna.
Justin G0KSC, the man behind InnovAntennas, continues to innovate with high performance antenna designs for everything from 70cm moonbounce to a large 4-element OWA Yagi for Nick XQ1KZ in Chile. Justin still maintains and updates his personal website, which holds a number of designs free for personal use:
This article was featured in the February 2019 issue of Practical Wireless