The dipole elements are 15.55 metres (51.0 ft) and the impedance-matching symmetric feedline (ladder-line or twin-lead) can be either 300 ohm (8.84 metres or 29.0 feet) or 450 ohm (10.36 metres or 34.0 feet). As is in general the case for all electric antennas, the height of the dipole above the ground should be at least half of the longest wavelength to be used.
The ends of the symmetric feedline can be soldered directly onto a 50 ohm coax cable (or a 1:1 balun) to the transceiver, however this is not good practice and should be avoided: It can result in high current flow on the outer surface of the coax braid, causing RF interference and degrading the polarization and gain of the antenna. A 1:1 current balun should be used between coax and ladder line. Including a balun not only prevents RF interference but reduces receive noise and increases performance A length of at least 20 metres (66 ft) of 50 Ohm cable is recommended for operation without a balun.
A transmatch (antenna tuner) is not required to use this antenna near its nominal design frequency of 14 MHz, and judicious length adjustments can sometimes include one other frequency band. All other frequencies require a transmatch.. There are many variants of this antenna. Two variations of the design, called ZS6BKW and W0BTU, can match several more amateur bands between 3.5–28 MHz without a transmatch.