Dual-Band UHF + VHF J-Pole antenna

- efficient transmission at low angles on both UHF and VHF bands

- one not two expensive UHF coax, suitable for modern transceivers with one VHF/UHF connector

- close to 50 Ohm impedance on both bands at the single feed point

- bandwidth: 4MHz on VHF, 12MHz on UHF by SWR 1.5 : 1 or 6MHz on VHF, 18MHz on UHF by SWR 2.0 : 1

- covers the whole VHF band 144 - 148MHz and at least repeaters segment 442 - 450MHz of UHF band

- operates as almost standard J-Pole on VHF, and modified Super-J-Pole on UHF

- reasonably short <1.5m and sturdy self-supporting construction

- uses soldered female N-connector and a coax, rolled into a 5 turn 6 inch diameter choke

- independent tuning on VHF (by feed point and J-element) and UHF (by phasing stub)

- DC-short feed point to eliminate static electricity and lightning-induced currents

- initial tuning stays for years, because of relatively wide bandwidth and mechanical stability of thick J-element and phasing stub

- transmits on both bands even in horizontal position, on the vehicle roofrack - via repeater in 90 km, 5 watts handheld FT-2DR, with full quieting, no voice drops.

ver.3 (1/2" pipe) with a spider - click for high-resolution photo

ver.2 (3/8" pipe)

ver.1 (1.7 mm wire) following DL2KQ design

MMANA simulation on VHF:

MMANA simulation on UHF:

Major dimensions are for center frequencies 146MHz and 446MHz:

Phasing stub must be soldered all at once, because it is not parallel but stretched in 3D.

Portable and base station installation:

LMR-400 coax tuning for the base station:

Apparently this antenna transmits even in transport (horizontal) position, I tested it with 5Wt handheld, when driving in traffic jam: