I have used EZ NEC for several years and have purchased the upgrades when they became available. One word of caution: antenna modelling is addicting...you can spend hours in front of the monitor crunching numbers and building antennas. Antenna modelling programs are a great way to save time designing antennas but the user must always keep their limitations in mind. If your design looks too good to be true, it probably is. We are all looking for that holy grail in antennas, but it is important to keep the laws of physics in mind....especially Maxwell's. And there is a learning curve also.
If you are serious about doing modelling, there is a course available that is a MUST DO. It was put together by an expert in this field, LB Cebik, W4RNL. I have been working on the course in my spare time for over a year now , it will show you how to do it right and avoid common pitfalls. There are plenty of hands on exercises as well.
If you inclined to be an antenna geek like myself, I recommend the Antennex web site. It's not real expensive to join and there is a wealth of information on antennas of all kinds, with contributors from all over the world who are the leaders in antenna design and theory. Believe me, you can go as deep as you want into the theory and math. The Antennex archive library is a gold mine of antenna designs and information. They have a guest room site where non members can go and have a look around and see what's available.
The EZ NEC demo by W7EL will allow you to do models of simple design, but there is a limit on the number of segments you can use. There are other software programs out there, such as Nittany Scientific and if you want to spend some serious dollars , you can go to the NEC 4 level ( way over my needs ). I have the EZ NEC 3.0 version at present along with NEC WIN plus. Both are excellent and function well under XP ( don't know about Vista tho).
Cebik has a great website, just type in his name and you will be there. Many of his treatises are on the web.
I've passed along enough to chew on for a while, I hope you jump on the antenna design bandwagon, it's a lot of fun. Be careful tho, it can really grab ya......
Date: 6/18/2007 4:49:32 PM
Subject: [WestMichiganHams] EZ-NEC User?
Does there happen to be anyone in the conference who uses EZ-NEC
antenna modelling programme? I downloaded the demo/free version of it,
but am fuzzy enough on how to use it.
I also have a Disc from the ARRL antenna book which I believe has a
version, which may or may not have more features than the demo version.
In any event, if someone within this conference has used it, perhaps I
could bend his/her ear and learn something about how to use it. I want
to model a variation of a W8JK beam antenna which I've successfully
used for Field Day several years, just to see what it is supposed to do
from a theoretical basis vs what I've seen in practice.
Private or public responses would be appreciated.
73 de n8xx Hg