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A 5el 28Ohm 50MHz Optimised Wideband Low impedance (OWL) Yagi

Revised 8th February 2010

Premium commercial versions of this antenna at Innovantennas

The OWL by G0KSC provides the benefits of both OWA (Optimised wideband Array) 50 Ohm antennas with those of traditional low impedance antennas. More information on the OWL can be found here

Visit HEREto learn how to make the OWL Match/Balun

Do not look at the gain figure of this antenna and compare with other 6 element 50MHz Yagis. Compare the gain, F/B and bandwidth together against other antennas of a similar boom length. With 10.52dBi and a boom less than 4.1M long, this antenna will be a winner for field days and the rural Ham radio operator.



  • Special attention should be taken in ensuring the element spacing and sizes are absolutley correct upon a 28 Ohm Yagi
  • If SWR is not perfect, D1 may also need to be adjusted. An analyser is reccomended for use when finalising 28 Ohm OWL Yagis
  • Visit 'Making the OWL Match' for more information on the recommended matching methods
  • Please add 2mm to each element to allow for insulator correction if using G0KSC insulators. Other insulators may require different correction, Email me for details


Performance UK/USA Version

Forward Gain:                           10.52dBi at 50.250MHz

Front to Back Ratio:                   24.80dBi at 50.250MHz

Peak Gain:                                 10.53dBi

Peak F/B:                                25.01dB

Bandwidth:                               500KHZ below 1.1:1


Build Dimensions for UK/USA Version

Element           Spacing in metres Half element Length in metres            Element Notes

Reflector               0                                   1.4905                                            9.525mm 3/8 inch 

DE                       .574                              1.440                                              12.7mm  1/2 inch 

D1                      1.120                               1.3935                                           9.525mm 3/8 inch

D2                     2.509                               1.3555                                            9.525mm 3/8 inch 

D3                     4.141                                1.312                                             9.525mm 3/8 inch 


Build Dimensions for European Version

Element           Spacing in metres Half element Length in metres            Element Notes

Reflector               0                                   1.490                                             10mm Diameter tube

DE                       .590                               1.443                                             12mm Diameter tube

D1                     1.123                               1.394                                             10mm Diameter tube

D2                     2.524                                1.354                                            10mm Diameter tube

D3                     4.141                               1.312                                             10mm Diameter tube


Fantastic Azimuth plot of this 5el 50MHz OWL Yagi



The Elevation plot is really clean too. A quiet antenna compared with most!





This SWR plot is taken with the Coaxial stub embedded within the EZNEC model Ever seen a 28 Ohm antenna like this one before? Watch how many now appear on the Internet but remember where you saw them first!




The G0KSC OWL element layout. Note the close spacing of the first 3 elements which give the OWL its extra gain and wide bandwidth.

As always, or if you have difficulty tuning, please Email me!


Justin G0KSC


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