40m OWA Yagi for Region 1 and 3, 7.0 – 7.2 MHz

OWA Yagi Antennas are well known and introduced by WA3FET. A nice design for the Region 2 was published by Greg Ordy, W8WWV [1]. It is a 4 el Yagi, where 2 elements form the OWA cell added by a reflector and a director.

I changed W8WWV´s design for and adapted it to the region 1 and 3 needs in the narrowed 40 m Band from 7.0 to 7.2 MHz.

Design goal was a flat SWR curve eleminating the need of antenna tuning units, antenna gain and as I am operating mainly in cw the focus was an improved f/b ratio in the lower portion of the band.

The design shows a lower antenna gain the W8WWV´s design but the only reason is that the simulation results shown are based on a antenna heigth of 20m (abt. 60 ft instead of the 120ft. assumed in W8WWV´s simulations). This design shows a 13.2 dBi gain@7.0 MHz and an antenna height of 40m. This is about 0.3 dB lower than W8WWV´s design

The simulation is based on 4NEC2 with extended NEC2 kernel and is not veryfied in real world yet!

Here´s what you might get:

SWR / reflection loss 40m OWA Yagi, DF9LJ

The entire Region 1/3 40m band can be covered with a reflection loss of < -27 dB corresponding VSWR < 1:1.1.

Smith diagram 40m Region 1 OWA Yagi

The front to back ratio of the W8WWV design peaks impressively at 7.1 MHz. At 7.0 MHz there´s a 20dB f/b and at 7.2 MHz is´t at about 23 f/b. It must be clearly said the both gain and f/b strongly depend on the height of the antenna. As 20m is more common at least for the average ham in europe I optimized for this height. As mentioned before I also emphasized the cw part of the band.

Here´s the vertical antenna diagrams for different frequencies:

vertical antenna diagram @7.0 MHz, 20m antenna heigth


vertical antenna diagram @7.1 MHz, 20m antenna heigth
vertical antenna diagram @7.2 MHz, 20m antenna heigth

The backlobe in the SSB portion of the band is acceptable for me.

f/b @ 7.0 MHz: 29dB

f/b @ 7.1 MHz: 21 dB

f/b @ 7.2 MHz: 17 dB

The antenna gain almost a constant 12 dBi @ 7.0 MHz slightly rising to 12.2 dB @ 7.2 MHz.

The geometrical layout is standard:

geometry of the 4 el 40m OWA Yagi

The element tapering and the dimensions will be added after confirmation by a prototype which is currently build up.

The shown design is based on a supported 15m boom and 4 fullsize elements (hopefully) without element supports. The calculated weight of the antenna is about 120 kg.


[1] 40m OWA Yagi update (2019) by Greg Ordy, W8WWV: https://www.kkn.net/n6tr/40/K3LR_40mOWAYagiUpdate1.pdf

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