This tool calculates the length of a Full Wave Dipole Antenna

**Calculator**

- Enter the Operating Frequency
- The tool will compute the antenna length (
**L**). - Use the drop down menu to select the units for both input and output

**Example Calculation**

For a frequency of 100 MHz, a full wave dipole has a length of 2.85 meters or 9.36 feet.

**Formula**

The total length (**L**) of the dipole antenna is calculated as:

In Feet

**L = 936 / f **

In Meters

**L = 285 / f **

where** f** is the frequency in MHz

**What Is a Full-Wave Dipole Antenna?**

A **dipole antenna** is one of the simplest and most commonly used types of antennas. It consists of two conductive elements (usually wires or metal rods) that are equal in length and positioned in a straight line. In a **full-wave dipole**, the total length of the antenna is equal to one full wavelength of the frequency it is designed to transmit or receive.

This is in contrast to the more common **half-wave dipole**, where the total length of the antenna is half the wavelength of the operating frequency.

A full-wave dipole can provide more gain and directivity, making it more efficient in certain applications, particularly in high-frequency (HF) and very high-frequency (VHF) communications.

**Key Characteristics of a Full-Wave Dipole:**

**Total length**: Equal to the wavelength of the operating frequency.**Directional gain**: A full-wave dipole provides better gain and more focused radiation patterns than a half-wave dipole.**Common uses**: Used for high-frequency applications, long-distance communication, and certain broadcasting purposes.

**Why Use a Full-Wave Dipole Antenna Calculator?**

To ensure optimal performance, the length of the full-wave dipole antenna must be **precisely tuned** to the frequency you intend to use. If the antenna is too short or too long, it will not resonate correctly with the frequency, leading to poor signal transmission and reception.

A **full-wave dipole calculator** helps you quickly determine the correct length for your antenna based on your desired frequency. This allows for accurate and efficient antenna design without the need for complex manual calculations.