Antennas Made of Wires
Volume 1, 2 & 3

by L. B. Cebik, W4RNL (SK)
(A posthumous publication release)

~ 2,000 pages with illustrations!

numerous articles and books have described various wire antenna designs, but here is a series of new books from the works of antenna master, L.B. Cebik, W4RNL (SK). He is known the world over or his unique ideas about new ways to "bend wires" to get the most out of them. With LB’s guidance, your success is practically guaranteed. It would be a rare occasion indeed that any design recommended by this author will not work as described. One can proceed with that confidence in mind. Moreover, the models may be modified to accommodate different parameters to suit making for an endless progression of simulations.

This 535-page Volume 1 book is available now and is dedicated to the design, construction and use of antennas of various types of wire. The reader can save a lot of time and effort by reading these books. Then, experiment to your heart's content with an aim toward the goal of achieving the best signal for your unique environment.

Volume 2 with its 616 pages of content picks up where Volume 1 leaves off. Many more designs are presented of greater complexity, yet still easy to build again using the wires stipulated by LB. The designs are well-described and explained with 100s of drawings, parameter tables and performances modeled using NEC and EZNEC software. One may use the models to fit their own situation as may be influenced by the various unique environments applicable.

Volume 3 contains 789 pages of content picks up where Volumes 1 and 2 leave off as we continue with a progression of many more designs yet of greater complexity, still easy to build again using the wires stipulated by LB — and inexpensive! Again, the designs are well-described and explained with 100s of drawings, parameter tables and performances modeled using NEC and EZNEC software. One may use the models presented in the books to fit one's own situation as may be influenced by the various unique environments applicable.

There are such a multitude of designs in this series, it's an experimenter's delight! One could think of dozens of ways to modify the designs presented and perhaps lead to other thoughts of consolidating some of the ideas into even more designs to solve one's needs. Being that these designs are constructed mainly of wire, the good old "cut 'n try" efforts are easy to do although simulation recipes are available to follow. Besides being useful, the efforts are fun that will be almost endless from the huge variety of assortments contained in these books!

With wire, antennas are very simple and easy to build at a very lowest of cost to achieve one’s goal. These books demonstrate a number of designs from conventional antenna wisdom. How satisfying is it to twist and bend wires together and make connections only to suddenly discover, it’s not just wires anymore, it’s an antenna!

One book is not enough to describe all of the best-known designs, but we begin with Volume 1 starting with some of the most simple and popular designs and gradually progress toward the more complex designs in Volumes 2 and 3. See the Indexes below for the types of designs considered in these 3 separate volumes.

Along with some recommended wires, a pair of gloves and simple hand tools, wonders will sprout from your efforts quickly. And, with wires, such designs can be made to fit within the closest of environments. Many tips are suggested about how to make cramped spaces an asset rather than a liability—and keep your neighbors friendly as well.

We know the reader, newbie or advanced, will learn much and enjoy this book by one of the masters having fun in the process!



Preface 5
1 A Brief Note on Wires 7
2 Wire Sizes and Other Materials 9
3 Why Use Wires? 13
4 Some Cutting Formulas 76
5 Antenna Bandwidth 95
6 Effective Height of an Antenna 100
7 Most Popular Multiband Wire Antenna 122
8 Multiband Dipole for Small Yards 140
9 The Versatile Sloper for Small Yards 158
10 The G5RV on 20 Meters 193
11 The G5RV on all HF Bands 209
12 The Almost-No-ATU G5RV-Type Antenna 228
13 A G5RV or a ZEPP? 247
14 Vertically Radiating Horizontal Antennas 253
15 The L Antenna 266
16 Explaining the Inverted-L 275
17 The All-Band Inverted-L 319
18 The Multi-Band Inverted-V 338
19 The Turnstile - an Omni-Directional Antenna 354
20 1/2-Length 40M-Dipoles - Full Length Standard 367
21 1/2-Length 40M-Dipoles - Shorter & Reshaped 390
22 1/2-Length 40M-Dipoles - El-Loading for Dipole Resonance 419
23 1/2-Length 40M-Dipoles - Basic Loaded-El Parasitic Beams 445
24 Lower HF Wire Beams 470
25 A Starter Antenna for 160 484
26 A Great Backup Antenna for 80-20 504
Other Publications 535

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Preface 5
27 About the Folded Dipole 7
28 The Terminated Wide-Band Folded Dipole 39
29 Wide-Band Multi-Wire Folded Dipoles 76
30 More on Wide-Band Multi-Wire Folded Dipoles 105
31 About the Folded Monopole 142
32 Short Folded Monopoles - Some Basics 169
33 Short Folded Monopoles - Extended Applications 212
34 A Doublet as a Good Single Choice Antenna 256
35 Inverted-Vee Doublet Patterns 274
36 About the All-Band Doublet 285
37 The Zig-Zag Dipole Doublet 316
38 The Y-Doublet 331
39 The Doublet - Trap or Not? 347
40 Some Notes on Triangles of Doublets 353
41 40-Meter Vertical Arrays 384
42 Wire Elements in Lower HF Arrays 428
43 The Collinear-Broadside Endfire Array 454
44 The Extended Lazy-H 474
45 The Expanded Lazy-H 486
46 Explaining the Modern Dipole Curtain Array 500
47 The 2-Element Vertical Phased Array 530
48 The Terminated Vee-Beam and Rhombic 557
49 The Controlled Current Distribution (CCD) Antenna 569
50 A Universal HF Back-Up Antenna 595
Other Publications 616

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Preface 5
51 Coverage of the 80/75-Meter Band with AWG #12 Copper Wire 7
52 Fine-Tune Broadband Antennas for 80/75 Meters 38
53 Center- & End-Fed Unterminated Long-Wire 60
54 Terminated End-Fed Long-Wire Directional Antennas 91
55 V Arrays and Beams 116
56 Rhombic Arrays and Beams 146
57 Multi-Band, Multi-Wire & Multi-Element Rhombics 174
58 The Dual Rhomboid for 1296 MHz 204
59 The Dual Rhomboid, a True Laport Version 222
60 The Dual Rhomboid, Some Comparison Standards 237
61 Folded X, Hex, Square & Moxon Rectangle Beams 209
62 The EDZ Beams 283
63 Feeding the EDZ 300
64 NVIS: Some Background 307
65 NVIS: Some Basic Antennas Used 330
66 NVIS: Antennas with Reflectors 385
67 NVIS Dipoles, Inverted-Vs, 1-λ Loops & Doublets 434
68 Fixed 3-Band NVIS Antennas 477
69 NVIS Antennas for Special Needs 505
70 All-Band Horizontal-Plane Loops 553
71 A 40-Meter Star-Shape Loop 563
72 Horizontally Oriented & Polarized Big Wire Loops 576
73 Configuring Horizontal Wire Loops 653
74 Closed & Interrupted Loops for 40 Meters 676
75 The IL-ZX Loop for 40 Meters 686
76 Experimental Omni-Directional Antennas for 6M 704
77 Modeling the T2FD 741
78 Wire Linear-Resonator Dipoles 759
Other Publications 789

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Companion Wire Modeling files compiled by LB may be purchased separately if desired. See the following info and the bottom of this page on how to order the 103 modeling files. Use these or modify with your own parameters to suit. Most of the work will have already been done.

Click here for 206 Wire Arrays

Click here for 206 Phased Arrays

The above "103" each Wire Models may be ordered separately from the links above (actually 206 models in 103 NEC & 103 EZNEC).

Wire Arrays: 103 Models

Models are available to order separately as written by LB from his own collection as a  companion to the above books, perhaps more so to Volume 2 with its coverage of wire array antenna designs. As LB states, these models are for study purposes and can be helpful in following some of the wire designs in these books. Just load them up and play with the parameters to suit.

103 Models - Wire Arrays (103 in NEC and 103 in EZNEC formats)
The collection of wire models covers chiefly 1.8 MHz through 14 MHz, with a few models for the upper HF range. Models are in both the .EZ (EZNEC) format and in the .NEC format for use with NEC-Win Plus/Pro and generic NEC-2/-4 cores. The EZNEC-format models use a wide variety of dimensional units, but the .NEC-format models are virtually all metric. The filenames are roughly descriptive of the kind of antenna, the frequency band, and any features that discriminate between models of the same general kind and frequency. As well, models with a known designer identify the person in the filename.

The collection of wire arrays covers perhaps the widest territory of any of these collections, since there are collinear, end-fire, and broadside arrays. Hence, you will find extended double Zepps, 8JKs, and lazy-Hs among the offerings, along with many other variations on each of them. The collection also includes some wire Yagis apt for development in the low HF range. As well, you will find loops oriented both vertically and horizontally. Indeed, the collection is a mixture of antennas with predominantly horizontal and predominantly vertical radiation. For example, you will find rectangles, double rectangles, hentennas, half-squares, and bobtail curtains for the vertical radiation aficionado. Among the larger arrays are collinear extended double Zepps, Sterba curtains, and Bruce arrays. In addition, there are a number of wire loops potentially usable on several bands. The collection even includes a few long wires, Vee-beams, a rhombic, and some challenging NVIS arrays.

Virtually all of the antennas use either AWG #12 or AWG #14 copper wire as the main ingredient. As with any model in any collection, you may change the wire size and other dimensions to perfect a design more suitable to your circumstances. No collection can be complete in every aspect, but this set of wire arrays may provide a basis for your own development work.

Although many of the designs may be directly built from the models in this collection, the models themselves are for study purposes. Perfecting the design to a level that permits construction of an antenna that is both electrically and mechanically sound is your responsibility. — L. B. Cebik, W4RNL

The Author
Considered an expert on antennas, LB has published 30+ books with works on antennas for both the beginner and the advanced student. Among his books are two tutorials in the use of NEC antenna modeling software and compilations of his many shorter pieces and some 800 modeling files, all of which are available here in the Shopping Shack. His articles have appeared in virtually every amateur radio publication, with translations of some into several languages. He is a retired Professor from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and holds a PhD in Philosophy. Until his death in April 2008, LB was Technical & Educational Advisor to the ARRL and for 10 years was Technical Editor for antenneX. His contribution of articles to antenneX first appeared in early 1997 and a new monthly column, Antenna Modeling, appeared starting in 1999. He is greatly missed, but antenneX is pleased to be able to bring more of LB's contributions to those who seek to learn about the field of antennas.