A Low-Noise 'Urban' 22 element Plus2 LFA Yagi for 144MHz
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The LFA design has a patent pending and all G0KSC designs are copyright. Any ham can build for their own use or those of a friend. Where profit or commerical gain exists, express permission of G0KSC must be sought.
The new LFA Plus2 range includes an additional 2 reflectors which are used in order to maintain pattern stability throughout the 1MHz coverage (144-145MHz).
This is the ultimate in 2m VHF performance today, the new LFA Plus2 is the one to beat showing flat SWR, pattern stability throughout and better sky temperature and G/T figures than any other Yagi of the same boom length (VE7BQH list).
Currently these antennas are available in METRIC SIZES ONLY. Imperial will be launched at a later date.
As with ALL LFAs this antenna requires no matching, it has a 50 Ohm input impedance. PLEASE do not alter dimensions, unless your software package uses NEC4 calculation engine, you will not see SWR correctly.
'I have not precise instruments but diagram on beacons seems very nice.On receiver side I had
realy very low noise. My location in urban place, on the top of one industrial building (about 50 m high with many motors down) is very sensitive and without noise blanker it is hard to work DX on 144 Mhz. With Your antenna I turn off NB and
automatic I had much lower IMD on my receiver. For me, good diagram in vertical plane is very important, and Your high price software doing nice job.'
The look for the 22el Plus2 when built
4nec2 (with nec4 engine) Elevation plot of the 22el Plus2 LFA Yagi
The 19el Plus2 Azimuth plot from the 4nec2 antenna modelling package
SWR as presented in the 4nec2 antenna modelling package using nec4.1 Double Precision calculation engine
- This antenna WILL NOT show the true SWR in any antenna modelling package unless you are using one which uses the latest NEC4 calculation engine DO NOT confuse EZNEC with the NEC engine. EZNEC uses nec2 by default
- There are two sets of measurements listed below. One uses imperial sizes, the other uses metirc sizes. Ensure you use the correct one for the material you have
- 'within one or two millimetres' Will not do! take the time to ensure you get the spacing ant element lengths as close as you possibly can to the measurements below to ensure good, solid performance
- Please read the 'how to make the LFA Loop' page
- Please do not alter segmentation or try to 'tune' the antenna unless you have nec4 or better. SWR will not read true within anything else
Performance European Version
Forward Gain: 18.55dBi at 144.300MHz
Front to Back Ratio: 34.3dB at 144.300MHz
Peak Gain: 18.56dBi
Peak F/B: 36.27dB
Bandwidth: 144-145MHz below 1.12:1
Build Dimensions for European Version - mail me if you need 13mm tube driven loop sizing
Element Spacing in metres Half element Length in metres Element Notes
Plus2 Rear Reflectors 0 .522 Above and below loop by 175mm
Reflector .470 .5195 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
DE1 .592 .441 10mm Tube
DE2 .785 .441 10mm Tube
D1 1.001 .4795 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D2 1.472 .4665 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D3 1.918 .451 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D4 2.417 .453 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D5 3.113 .450 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D6 3.922 .4435 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D7 4.778 .4395 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D8 5.674 .435 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D9 6.578 .432 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D10 7.510 .428 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D11 8.450 .425 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D12 9.391 .422 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D13 10.339 .4175 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D14 11.300 .4125 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D15 12.265 .407 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D16 13.219 .402 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D17 14.214 .3915 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D18 15.203 .385 8mm Diamater tube or solid rod
D19 16.118 .376 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
D20 17.001 .392 8mm Diameter tube or solid rod
DE1 and DE2 are joined at the ends by 8mm tube
Feed point is the centre of DE2
As always, any questions please ask!