The Doctor is In: Do Dipoles Have to be Straight?

A common question about antennas is Do Dipoles Have to be Straight?

“The answer to the question is an emphatic no, and the Doctor explains why”1 in this episode of the ARRL The Doctor is in podcast.

These short podcasts are an approachable way of learning about technical topics related to Amateur Radio. Recent podcast topics include:

A complete podcast archive and a contact form for submitting questions to the Doctor are available on the ARRL’s The Doctor Will See You Now page.

About the ARRL The Doctor Is In Podcast

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. 2


  1. “ARRL The Doctor is In - It’s About Time!”, Blubrry, retrieved May 23 2019, https://www.blubrry.com/arrl_the_doctor_is_in/43836735/do-dipoles-have-to-be-straight/. [return]
  2. “The Dctor Will See You Now!”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved May 23 2019, http://www.arrl.org/news/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-111. [return]