The true story of Yagi Antenna

The origin of the Yagi-Uda Antenna name. History of the invention and it's patents.

Yagi Uda Antenna the True Story

Yagi antenna history

As many of you may already know, the full name of this antenna is Yagi-Uda Antenna.

The origin of this name is derived by the surname of two Japanese inventors that designed this antenna for the first time at the beginning of the 1920’s.

Yagi Antenna US Paten
Yagi Antenna US Patent Source

The two inventors were, Hidetsugu Yagi (1886-1976) and Shintaro Uda (1896-1976)  both professors at the Tohoku University Japan.

What not everyone knows is that the original concept of this antenna has to be attributed to Shintaro Uda (Yagi’s assistant professor) that in 1926, first described this antenna at Tohuku University in Japan,  in the IEEJ (Japan).

Hidetsugu Yagi , who worked in the UK, USA and Germany, applied for patents on the new antenna both in Japan and the United States.

The Japanese patent was immediately issued in 1926 with nr. 69115 while the U.S. patent 1,860,123 filed in 1926 was issued later in 1932.

While the Japanese patent was properly attributed to both the inventors, the US patent was assigned to the Dr. Yagi.

Japanes Patent 69115
Japanes Patent 69115 source

Dr. Yagi is listed among the ten Japanese great inventors by the Japan Patent Office for this very invention, and has been president of Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) in 1946.

Although no one can ever tell us how much authorship should be attribute to Professor Yagi rather than Professor Uda , certainly we should attribute the right authorship to this antenna by naming it always as Yagi-Uda.


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Simone Mannini IW5EDI
Simone Mannini IW5EDI is an Amateur Radio Operator licensed since 1996. He become interested in shortwave radio listening when he was very young, and soon he got into two-way radio communications and ham radio. IT system engineer, Simone is a regular DXZone contributor, he enjoys promoting amateur radio on the internet and among youngs, he enjoys playing with antenna home brewing and DXing.


  1. Lots of antennas are named after their inventors – great inventors like : Harold H. Beverage , Ernest Sterba, Hiroshi Dipole, William Rhombic, Bobby Vee, Frank Vertical, Igorlog Periodic , Francois Loop, Jimmy Hustler, Sam Beam, Randolph Longwire……

    • Hi.. thats almost true, but just for Harold H. Beverage (Beverage antennas), and Ernest J. Sterba (Sterba curtain antennas)

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