This is my review of the EZNEC v5.0 antenna design program.
The "demo version" of the software is fully functional and more than adequate for most ham radio antenna design needs. Oh! And it's free! ;-)
Once you get familiar with all the capabilities and features of the demo version, you will have acquired the know-how to design more complex antennas.
In fact, EZNEC v5.0 is so powerful that you can design complete antenna systems consisting of...
A picture is worth a thousand words. But a video is worth a thousand pictures.
Therefore, I produced a video demo (see below) to introduce you to the EZNEC v5.0 free demo version.
In the video demo, I use the program to design a 20 meter dipole which is to be installed 30 feet above ground.
The video will take you through the basic steps.
The documentation is very complete and well written. It is in the form of Windows help files. The contents are very well structured and easy to navigate.
You can follow the help as if it were a tutorial in antenna design. You can also skip and jump to specific sub-topics using the detailed table of contents.
Now. On with the show ... Lights! Camera! Action!
You will admit that the demo version of EZNEC is very powerful, as is! On top of being educational, the software will enable you to analyze and design most of the common types of antennas that amateur radio operators use.
When you feel comfortable with the program, and like what it can do for you, then you can go for the commercial version which will enable you to explore much more complex antenna systems.
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