Why did I choose Moxon? I even purchased all the materials for a dual band cubical quad, only to realize during assembly that my roof space is not enough for a bulky and heavy antenna. Since then I have to make use of different kinds of small beam antennas until I came across Moxon antennas in It was the next best option to having a quad. I made an experimental mono band moxon for 15 mtrs using some of the materials I intended to use for my planned quad. The same wire elements, blue pvc spreaders , aluminum angular bar spreader support, U-bolts and hose clamps, it did not cost me anything making this antenna, and I had to make one element instead of the 2 elements for a quad.
Dipoles are widely used on bands like 80 metres, 40 metres, 20 metres, 15 metres and 10 metres where they can provide excellent levels of performance. A dipole antenna can be a very effective antenna, providing a good level of performance especially if it is erected as high as reasonably possible and away from obstructions, etc. Building am HF ham band dipole does not have to be expensive. Often the items needed can be salvaged from previous antennas, or bought for relatively small cost. Wire, feeder, insulators and fixings are all that is required. Building the antenna and erecting it can provide a great insight into the aerials or antennas and how they work, and in this way the performance of the station can be enhanced even further. The most straightforward way to install a dipole is as a horizontal antenna, although this is by no means the only way.
I will briefly describe all of these types of wire beams, but I will not go into technical detail on most of these. There are plenty of other sites on the web that do that. Where I can, I will point out links to more information on these antennas. I will go a little more into detail on the antennas which are currently available on the market as kits, or assembled antennas.