The Snake Antenna was very popular in the
ex-USSR. The antenna came to ham from a page of paper with hand
writer schematic. The schematic was introduced by Yuri, UB5UG.
At first, the antenna was widely used at Ukraine then it came
to other republics of the ex-USSR. It was a very simple antenna
that very easy could be made from a coaxial cable. The antenna
could be very easy redesign for other (as well for TV) bands.
As I remember,
at the hand- writer of the antenna it was recommended do the antenna
from a coaxial cable and the transformer 4:1 should be done from
the same coaxial cable as used for antenna. In the ex-USSR it
was widely used 75- Ohm coaxial cable. Antenna made from the cable
works fine. At military application sometimes it was used 50-
Ohm coaxial cable that sometimes it was possible to get. Antenna
made from the 50- Ohm cable also worked fine.
the antenna was very simple. It needs a suitable length of a wooden
rod and a coaxial cable. Then with help electrical tape the coaxial
cable was fastened to the wood rod. Transformer also it was fastened
with the electrical tape to the wooden rod.
parts of the coaxial cable were protected with help of usual plasticine.
Antenna may be installed on the roof or at the balcony. At the
80-s (may be 90-s) the description of the antenna was published
at Radio Magazine (Russia). However, I lost the issue of the magazine
where the antenna was published.