# Dipole or Doublet

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KE7ENC, Aug 7, 2005.

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1. ### KE7ENCHam MemberQRZ Page

What is the difference between a dipole and a doublet in physical mechanical configuration?

2. ### K6UEYHam MemberQRZ Page

The difference between a dipole and a doublet is just about the same as between a condenser and a capacitor.
That is to say it is all in the spelling!!

3. ### W5ALTHam MemberQRZ Page

Wait a minute, Orv. I thought a dipole was a wire split in the middle to attach the feedpoint, while a doublet was 2 wires, one extending from each side of the feed point.

73,
Walt, W5ALT

4. ### KC9ECIHam MemberQRZ Page

Mike,

A dipole is usually fed with coax, while a doublet is fed with ladder line.

That's the usual definition here at radio WG7X anyways!

73 Gary WG7X

6. ### WA9CWXHam MemberQRZ Page

Doublet is ALSO a term used by some people to pretend they know something more than they do.....
In actual use I have heard the term 'doublet' MOST often used as stated, wire fed with ladder line.
MOST hams refer to a simple coax fed dipole as a Dipole. It is USUALLY 1/2 wave for the band they are working on, OTHERWISE they will name the band.
ie.
If they are working 15 meters with a 40 meter dipole, they will say &quot;I'm using a 40 meter dipole&quot;...If they are on 15 and using a 15 meter dipole, they will just say &quot;I'm using a dipole&quot;.

If they are on 15 and using a  two meter dipole, they will just say &quot;Ain't the new licensing requirments GREAT?&quot;

Frank

7. ### K4KWHGuest

Just don't fall off the &quot;ladder&quot;.

8. ### KB2VXAHam MemberQRZ Page

If you saw upon the street a man who walked with dipole feet...

9. ### AG3YGuest

I thought it was a person with dual personalities ! Oh, wait, that is a &quot;bi-polar&quot; person!