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Inverted V Antenna Design
by Martin E. Meserve

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Introduction

As you can see from the diagram on the right, this antenna gets it's name from the shape. It's really just a dipole with the center raised on a mast and the endpoints near ground. By raising the center point, the horizontal space requirement is reduced and only one tall support is required. Although not the same as a dipole at the recommended height of 1/2 wavelength above ground, it is still very effective when space is a premium.

Inverted Vee

Another characteristic is that there is a shortening of the radiator element by 3 to 5 percent. This will cause an antenna, that was initially meant for another configuration, to require some pruning once installed.

Yet another characteristic is the radiation pattern. A standard dipole generates a horizontal ratiation pattern in the shape of a figure 8, with maximum radiation broadside to the antenna. The Inverted-Vee tends to be more omni-directional and radiates equally in all directions.

For best results with this type of antenna, the Apex Angle should be kept between 70 and 110 Degrees. Below 70 Degrees the radiators start to become parallel to each other and signal canceling will start to occur. Above 110 Degrees the antenna starts looking like a standard dipole, minimizing any of the feed impedance and shortening effects. The optimum Apex Angle is 90 Degrees.

Program Description

The Data Input section, below, is set up for you to enter data. You only have to fill in the text boxed with known data and the rest are calculated. You can choose to specify a frequency of operation and let the web page calculate and use that for the Radiator Element Length. Or, you can specify your own value for the Radiator Element Length. Any time you change any of the input data, the output data is automatically re-calculated.

A few things to note are:

  • The equations behind this web page are really just a geometric solution, so, this page can be used with any type of wire antenna, dipole, trap-dipole, folded-dipole, etc..

  • It's OK to mix and match dimensions. The web page does all calculations in US/Imperial measurements and converts on input and output, as necessary.

  • The Radiator Arm (Ra) length, in the diagram, is measured from the Apex to the top of the End Support and thus includes the Radiating Element AND the End Insulator. The Input Data area provides space for specifying them both separately.

  • If the Support Height (Hs) is not set or set to zero a small height (0.001 Ft) is assumed to avoid some divide-by-zero problems.

  • If you select any of the Check Boxes, some of the input data areas will be grayed out and not allow any input. To re-enable these input area Un-Check the appropriate Check Box.

  • If too much data is left undefined, the program will start to make some assumptions. It may be benificial to start this way, see what the program comes up with, and then adjust the input data. For example, if you only define the Radiator Element and End Insulator length, the web page will assume a Apex Angle of 90 Degrees and calculate the rest of the information. You can then make changes as you see fit.

  • I tried to intercept all possible entry configurations and error conditions but a few still remain. I will fix them when I get around to it but if there is something that really bothers you, send me email.

Data Input

Freq. (MHz)

Reduction Percentage

Using a Center Frequency of x for the Dipole, yields a length of x. Reducing this by x %, to account for the Inverted Vee configuration, we have a length of x.

Radiator Element

End Insulator

Use the Inverted-Vee value, calculated above, for the Radiator Element

Fix Apex Angle at 90 Degrees

Apex Angle (Deg.)


Horizontal Space (A)


Mast Height (Hm)


Support Height (Hs)


Data Output