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# T2FD -- The Forgotten Antenna

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## Easier with Inverted Tilted Vee

Andre Knott, DD3LY
Email comment, 18 April 2002

I built an "inverted tilted vee" antenna for my QRL with two 250 Ohm resistors at each end and a 50:450 Ohm homemade Guanella BalUn at the top. This antenna is not very different to a T2FD at all as well as to the WRTH recommendation. My antenna has 60m legs, spreaded 60 degerees, the apex was only 8m high. VSWR less than 2 from 3 to 30 MHz and great reports. I think the WRTH recommendation is OK and easy homebuilt too, with the small exception that one should use a resistor which is about 20% higher than the output impedance of the transformer.

The formulas for calculating T2FD dimensions are as follows. 1. The length of each leg ("A'') from the center is equal to 50,000 divided by the lowest desired operating frequency (in kHz) and then multiplied by 3.28. The answer is in feet. 2. The spacing between radiating wires ("B") is equal to 3000 divided by the lowest desired operating frequency (in kHz) and then multiplied by 3.28. The answer is in feet. 3. The sloping angle for a nondirectional pattern should be on the order of 30, but 2040 is acceptable. Example: To design a T2FD for the center of the 90 meter band (3300 kHz) and up: Desired frequency Leg "A" Leg "B" (50.000 / 3300) x 3.28 (3000 / 3300) x 3.28 Spacing 49.70 feet 2.98 feet

Total length of the antenna would be 99.4 feet (2 x 49.7), and the width would be 2.98 feet ("B"). The total wire used to complete the loop equals 204.76 feet (4 x 49.7) + (2 x 2.98).

## How to feed a T2FD correctly

FREQ/STN 17680 RNZ 17700 RM 17795 RA 15440 RBI 15435 BSKSA 15330 RAI 12085 RD

## S7 w/buzz S7 w/buzz S7 w/buzz

S6 w/loud S6 w/loud buzz buzz S7 w/loud S7 w/loud buzz buzz S5 w/loud S6 w/loud buzz buzz S8S9 slight noise S9-C9S8 S9 S4 moderate noise S7 S5 S6 slight noise S6-S7 S6 S8-S9 slight noise S9+10dB S9 S4-S5 slight noise S9 S6 S7 slight noise S7 S7S8

## 11955 RJ 11940 RJ 11505 RB

S9+10dB S8 S4-S5

9895 RM 9425 VoG 9375 RT 7355 WYFR 7335 CHU 7255 VoN

S9+10dB S6-S7 S8 S8-S9 S8-S9 S7-S8 slight noise S9+15dB S7-S8 S7S8 S5 slight noise S9+10dB S5 S4S5 S6 S6 S7 S4-S5 S5

S5-S6 S6S7 mod. noise slight noise S9+10dB S7 S6 some noise barely audible S9+10dB S5 S5 noisy S6 slight noise S6-S7 S7 slight noise S5 S5 S9 S6 S6 S5 slight noise S9 S6 S5 some noise S6 slight noise S5-S6 S6S7 S5 S5

6165 RN 6150 Rl 6135.4 RFO 5030 TBC 5000 WWV 4985 R.Bras.Cent. 4915 Anhanguera 4885 O. del M. 4865 L.V. de C. 4765 RM 3990 VOA Liberia 3975 BBC

## 3330 CHU 3385 Rebelde 2500 WWV

S5 strong noise S5 S6

## 1610 TIS stn.

S5

S8S9

T2FD excellent receiving antenna From: Frank Gilmore, K0JPJ Date: May 29, 1993 Original source: Fidonet's shortwave conference I used a T2FD in 1961. At that time I had lots of land to experiment with antennas and each weekend the local gang would come over and we would put up another one. W8JK antennas were my favorite wire antennas although they were rather awesome when built for 40... also had lots of wind resist. and the smallest ice storm would bring them down. The T2FD gave a good accounting of itself. If I remember correctly I built mine from an article in either CQ or the CQ Antenna Manual. I don't recall it ever appearing in the ARRL Antenna Handbooks. It may have been in Bill Orr's Radio Handbook at one time. It was an excellent receiving antenna for SWL use. After I dropped traffic nets and did little but chase DX on the higher freqs with a beam I used the T2FD on a Hammarlund HQ-180AXC to monitor commercial RTTY.