Another Antenna for the Field Operations – The Windom or the Off Center Fed Dipole

This is another antenna variation of the dipole probably created by Mr. Windom back in the 1930s (someone please fact check this).

It needs a 4:1 or 6:1 balun. I used a Palomar version that seems to work as it should.

I had a line winder 3D printed and some #26 silky wire and 30 mins on the workbench and bingo an antenna is born.

I tried it out in the field using a tree to hoist it up as an inverted V configuration (duct tape at the 65 foot mark allowed me tie the paracord to it but a zip tie could work as well) as well as a dipole set up.

I don’t think i noticed any difference in performance either configuration.

I may add a ring loop at the center point allowing either configuration and letting the surroundings denote the set up.

From a stability point of view the balun at the center point may be better based on the coax dropping down straight as opposed to on an angle.

I had no time to test the NVIS set up to see if a Windom behaved better or worse at the 12 foot height.

This stupid simple antenna fits in a small zip case so not a problem to pack several antennas and do some A/B tests in a real world environment.



Remember the better the antenna the better the signal and the better the enjoyment of the hobby. Build not Buy!




  1. ve7hamradio · June 14, 2018

    Reblogged this on Coastal Ham Radio.


  2. Mike Hohmann · June 15, 2018

    Looks good, John.


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