V-dipole for UHF – build a simple satellite antenna

A V-dipole for NOAA weather satellites on 137 MHz has been published by 9A4QV and it seems to get very good results. I decided to build one for UHF 436 MHz satellite band and also add reflectors to get the antenna pattern higher up.

I followed the instructions by 9A4QV but adjusted to 436 MHz. All SWR measurements are done with a NanoVNA. Please see the pictures below for some ideas how to build one of you own. You can also see test results below.

I have used the following materials:

  • PVC pipe 32 mm diameter
  • TIG Aluminium elements (Tigrod ESAB OK 4043 (3.2 mm/1000 mm)
    In Sweden you can buy these at
  • Coax cable direct connection to the element
  • All elements are aprox 16 cm long. Make the two elements for the dipole a little longer and cut for best SWR
  • Distance to radioators are aprox 10 cm
  • As you can see I use a lot of glue to make it water proof… 🙂

Some pictures from building

Mounted at the same place as my VHF crossed dipole. I use these antennas for my SatNOGS station.

Test results

When listening to local repeaters a got good readings, but when trying to receive satellites I did not get the result I think this type of antenna should deliver. I think it is a better antenna for the high power NOAA satellites on 137 MHz. But, it´s very simple to build!

Some results:

Bugsat-1 RX by my SatNOGS station. Two packets decoded.
Video: Receiving RS-44 satellit while holding the antenna by hand


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4 replies on “V-dipole for UHF – build a simple satellite antenna”

Cool! I might try this myself – my nanoVNA says my V-dipole SWR is ~ 1.2 for 137 MHz, ~ 1.6 for 144 MHz, but ~ 2.1 for 436 MHz.
Are you combining the VHF and UHF antenna feeds, or do you have separate receivers for VHF and UHF?

Instead of a choc block terminal, try a cobra-head terminal. most hams already have one floating around, you can simply crimp ring terminals to rods of various lengths for various frequencies. It doesn’t even ruin the cobra-head, so you can still use it for wire dipoles or whatever.

seventy threes, BA358DFN348A out.

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