Inverted Vee Antenna

Inverted Vee Diagram
The basic formula for determining the wire length of a center fed, 1/2 wave wire dipole or inverted Vee antenna is:
143 ÷ freq(mhz) = Length(metres).

The inverted Vee antenna will be shorter by 2 – 5% depending on the angle from horizontal.

Dipoles have a feed point of about 75Ω in free space, and can be fed with 50Ω to 75Ω coax with or without a 1:1 balun. Inverted Vee’s present closer to 50Ω due to the effect of the ground being close to the tip of each leg. Feed your inverted vee with 50Ω coaxial cable, with or without a 1:1 balun. You can also feed with 300Ω or 450Ω balanced feeder into an ATU with balanced terminals. This will then work better as a multiband antenna.

Enter primary operating frequency in Mhz.


Inverted Vee, approximate angle from horizontal.

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Inverted Vee
Inverted Vee Length
Assuming level ground, the minimum height of vee will be (length of leg * sin(angle from horizontal) plus the height of end points of vee above ground. The horizontal spread of Vee will be the distance from end point to end point, plus the tie off points.
Inverted Vee each leg
Minimum vertical height
Minimum horizontal spread
Standard (straight) dipole
Standard dipole length
 
Each leg

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  1. Works a treat very happy with the results I’ve gotten from this antenna so far

  2. great site got 20m dipole built then got 1045 mile contact cheers

  3. It was nice to use your calculator, built one here at home but always refresh my memory prior to doing another thank you for the information…. have a great day… KG7VQO DENNIS

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