VK5SFA wins ARRL antenna competition

Well known antenna guru, Steve VK5SFA has won the ARRL antenna competition.

The criteria this year called for compact designs for those with space restrictions.  The antenna had to cover any band from 2200 metres to 10 metres.

Steve’s TMLA design fitted the bill perfectly for the 160 and 80 metre bands

Steve’s antenna

From the ARRL letter:

ARRL has announced the winners of the 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition.

“Dozens of entries were received, but only three could win,” said QSTEditor Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

The first-prize winner of the 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition  was a 160/80-meter loop antenna design by Steve Adler, VK5SFA.

Requirements for the 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition included an antenna for one or more bands between 2200 meters and 10 meters that could fit within a 30 × 50 foot area and be no taller than 30 feet above ground at any point.

“In other words, we were seeking designs for LF, MF, or HF antennas for limited-space applications,” Ford explained. “We wanted to see innovative antennas that would allow amateurs to get on the air without the need for towering supports and acres of property. Our winners not only met this challenge, they exceeded it.” The winners:

  • First Prize ($600): “A High-Power 160/80-Meter Transmitting Magnetic Loop Antenna,” by Steve Adler, VK5SFA
  • Second Prize ($250): “LF/MF Reversible EWE Antennas for Small-Lot, Weak-Signal Applications,” by Michael Sapp, WA3TTS
  • Third Prize ($150): “The 3/8-Wavelength Vertical for 20 Meters, a Hidden Gem,” by Joe Reisert, W1JR

Details of all three winning designs will appear in a future issue of QST.

Congratulations Steve.