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14el Plus2 144MHz

A Low-Noise 'Urban' 14 element Plus2 LFA Yagi for 144MHz

Revised 21st December 2009 V1.0

The LFA design has a patent pending and all G0KSC designs are copyright. Any ham can build for their own use or those of a friend. Where profit or commercial gain exists, express permission of G0KSC must be sought.

Premium commercial versions of this antenna at Innovantennas

 

The new LFA Plus2 range includes an additional 2 reflectors which are used in order to maintain pattern stability throughout the 1MHz coverage (144-145MHz).

This is the ultimate in 2m VHF performance today, the new LFA Plus2 is the one to beat showing flat SWR, pattern stability throughout and better sky temperature and G/T figures than any other Yagi of the same boom length (VE7BQH list).

Currently these antennas are available in METRIC SIZES ONLY. Imperial will be launched at a later date.

As with ALL LFAs this antenna requires no matching, it has a 50 Ohm input impedance.

 

The 14el Plus2 at PA4EME

 

The 14el PLus2 by LA8AV and LA5ZK - More photos at the bottom of this page

 

 

Download both the European and UK/USA EZNEC files HERE

How the 14el Plus2 will look once completed

 

4nec2 (with nec4 engine) Elevation plot of the 14el Plus2 LFA Yagi

 

The 14el Plus2 Azimuth plot from the 4nec2 antenna modelling package

 

SWR as presented in the 4nec2 antenna modelling package using nec4.1 Double Precision calculation engine

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This antenna WILL NOT show the true SWR in any antenna modelling package unless you are using one which uses the latest NEC4 calculation engine DO NOT confuse EZNEC with the NEC engine. EZNEC uses nec2 by default
  • There are two sets of measurements listed below. One uses imperial sizes, the other uses metirc sizes. Ensure you use the correct one for the material you have
  • 'within one or two millimetres' Will not do! take the time to ensure you get the spacing ant element lengths as close as you possibly can to the measurements below to ensure good, solid performance
  • Please read the 'how to make the LFA Loop' page here
  • Please do not alter segmentation or try to 'tune' the antenna unless you have nec4 or better. SWR will not read true within anything else
Download both the European EZNEC files HERE

Performance European Version

Forward Gain:                                   16.62dBi at 144.300MHz

Front to Back Ratio:                           35.74dB at 144.300MHz

Peak Gain:                                       16.63dBi

Peak F/B:                                          36.35dB

Bandwidth:                                       144-145MHz below 1.16:1

 

Build Dimensions for European Version - mail me if you need 12 or 13mm tube driven loop sizing

Element                             Spacing in metres Half element Length in metres            Element Notes

Plus2 Rear Reflectors                0                                                           .509                                                 above and below loop by 300mm 8mm tube

Reflector                                .276                                                       .513                                                 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

DE1                                       .464                                                      .445                                                 10mm Tube

DE2                                       .629                                                      .445                                                 10mm Tube

D1                                         .841                                                      .4805                                                8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D2                                         1.317                                                    .464                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D3                                         1.768                                                    .452                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D4                                         2.301                                                    .452                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D5                                         2.997                                                    .448                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D6                                         3.804                                                    .443                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D7                                         4.664                                                    .439                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D8                                         5.535                                                    .435                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D9                                         6.433                                                    .428                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D10                                       7.343                                                    .421                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D11                                       8.288                                                    .414                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

D12                                       9.081                                                    .419                                                  8mm Diameter tube or solid rod

 

Notes:

DE1 and DE2 are joined at the ends by 8mm tube

Feed point is the centre of DE2

Please read the 'how to make the LFA Loop' page here

This part is getting boring I know but stack and bay at 4.1 Vertically and 4.2 metres  Horizontally for the best G/T figure for this boom length, period.

 

The back section of the 14el PLus2 by LA8AV and LA5ZK

 

 

LA8AV and LA5ZK made their own insulators too

 

 

LA5ZK and LA8AV made their own Boom support too which would stand up to an LA Winter!

 

 

The end sections of the support boom on the above antenna

 

Download both the European EZNEC files HERE

As always, any questions please ask!

 

Justin G0KSC

 
 
 
 

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