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Your Hex on 40?

With the waning sunspots and declining propagation on the higher HF bands (20 – 10), many guys are turning more to 40 meters. If they have a hex beam, they know how effective it is on 20 – 10 meters so the thought naturally comes to mind, “Why can’t I have a hex beam on 40 meters?” This is a ... Read More »

What size mast for my Hex?

One point of big confusion after hex prospects have begun thinking about how to get the hexagonal beam in the air is the issue of masts. Whether the beam is mounted on a rooftop tower, a push up mast, a conventional tower or just about any other support structure, it still must have a mast to fasten the hex beam ... Read More »

History of the Hexbeam

The original HEXBEAM was developed by Mike Traffic, N1HXA, in the early nineties. It is true that an “M” over “W” configured yagi antenna that resembled a butterfly was earlier tried successfully. But the advanced electrical design, the characteristic nesting concept and central terminal post that enable the multi band functionality along with the basic hardware design were all developed ... Read More »

Hexagonal Beam vs Spiderbeam

Both are Yagi directional wire beams. The Spider beam is built on a cross shaped frame. Maybe the Spider beam is sort of a cross beam? And of course, the hex is built on a, well a hexagonal frame. Both work very well. The Spider beam is a three element beam for several bands and two elements for the other ... Read More »

What makes the Hex such a hot antenna?

What is it about the hexagonal beam that has made it so wildly popular? It’s nothing more than a two element beam, isn’t it? There are lotsa beams out there with more gain. The thing looks ungainly to say the least and draws looks of vague skepticism from neighbors who already suspected something weird was going on there and now ... Read More »

Hexagonal beam vs Dipole

How does the hexagonal beam compare with a dipole? The dipole is actually a pretty good antenna. You can build one with very little expertise and only a few dollars, using trees as masts. They perform well in many cases and for the low frequency bands such as 80, 40 and 30 meters, they are not competing with directional antennas ... Read More »

Hexagonal beam vs Vertical

How does the hexagonal beam compare with a vertical antenna? There are a bazillion verticals sold by various major ham manufacturers. These antennas boast coverage on all bands frequently and can be quite pricey. Some have top hat arrays of spikes and mini whips. Some claim to operate without ground wires normally needed to augment the ground for a vertical. ... Read More »

How does a Hex work?

A hexagonal beam is a form of the Yagi antenna which is based on parasitic principles developed early in the last century in Japan for achieving gain in one direction. Alright, so how does a Yagi work then? Well, a two element Yagi has a driver and a reflector made of aluminum tubing that is mounted on a boom and ... Read More »

Rain on my Hex

How come the SWR on my hex beam goes up when it’s raining? Good question. Many hex owners discover when it is raining that their SWR is higher than usual, maybe by almost a point. Then when things dry up, the SWR returns to normal. They scratch their heads wondering if water got into the center post or if the ... Read More »

SWR on my Hex

“During the last century, a great many hams worked a lot of DX until they got their hands on a SWR meter and found out they couldn’t.” Bill AE7KB How come the SWR on my hex beam is not as flat as Joe Blow’s? Well, that’s a common discovery and we might as well dive into this very misunderstood subject. ... Read More »

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