Questions tagged [antenna-construction]

Materials and methods for building antennas, and design of supporting (non-conductive) structures. For design of antennas themselves, use [antenna-theory] instead.

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Does oxidation of the antenna elements have any impact on the signal quality of the station?

So I'm still QRT; apart from a brown-out on the rig, the support on the inverted-vee toppled over in high winds. Thanks to the topple-over I discovered the conductors (SWG 16 bare copper) had ...
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Can I have multiple inverted-vee antenna fed by a single coax?

A friend who recently received his call is planning to setup an inverted-vee for 40/20m bands. Our take is the signal will take the path of least impedance into the correct length antenna wire. ...
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Is string trimmer line suitable for supporting antennas?

In searching for suitable materials for a wire antenna, I found a few mentions of using string trimmer line to hold up each end of the antenna. This would be a nice option as it is readily available ...
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Rhombic Polarization Question, provided radiation maps

I am trying to engineer my first antenna to get on the air. I need to hit a repeater 50 miles away at a lower elevation than me so that I can use its IRLP nodes. Would this mean I am looking for low ...
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Where does one find high-voltage variable capacitors and inductors for RF? [closed]

I'm looking to start building various antenna tuning circuits, but I'm limited by my parts inventory. I have pots and mag wire for winding inductors and a nice spectrum of fixed-value capacitors, but ...
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WIFI Antenna Design

I have designed a dual band WIFI antenna (2.4-2.5GHz and 5.1-5.7GHz). In 2.4GHz it's completely omnidirectional but with negative gain and in 5.6GHz it's somehow directional but with very good ...
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How to build the smallest directional antenna (ISM band)?

What kinds of configurations should I try when trying to make the physically smallest 2.4 GHz (ISM band) antenna that is significantly directional front-to-back. "Smallest" meaning in in cm maximum ...
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Ferrite Rod Price Differences

We are trying to make a VLF geophysics device for our graduate project and we need two ferrite rod antennas (desired length is 6"). Searching on the internet, we have found two ferrite rod suppliers. ...
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70cm antenna for an apartment

I have a blind friend who can't put anything outside, and is restricted to antennas near the window in his apartment. Luckily he lives closer to the top, which helps with range a little bit. He has a ...
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Vertical dipole as a mobile antenna counterpoise?

I have a NMO mount antenna- 1/2 wave on 2 meters. I am going to stick it on top of a PVC pipe which is 5 feet tall. Since this is a bicycle mobile antenna, I do not have the option of large radials ...
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How to design a rubber ducky antenna

I am attempting to design an antenna for a 162.4 MHz omni receive only application and am confident it is going to be difficult if not impossible. I have very tight specs on space(6" diameter by 3" ...
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Trap dipole tuning up on the wrong band

I'm building a trap dipole for the high HF bands, 10 / 12 / 15 / 17. So far what I've got in the air is: The 10 meter section (4.92 meters, 16.14 feet, resonant at 29Mhz) The 10 meter traps (...
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Connect Printed Yagi-Uda Dipole Array with Balun to coaxial cable correctly

I am making the Printed Yagi-Uda Dipole Array with Balun (that is the full name). I used Antenna Magus to calculate dimensions. I am not sure how to properly connect it to coaxial cable. Here is what ...
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Dual-band yagi on single beam: element positioning

I'm planning to build the WA5JVB Cheap LEO Yagi, which is basically a 2M and a 70cm yagi on the same beam for handheld or tripod use. I'm thinking to do a 3-element 2M and a 5-element 70cm design, ...
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Protect rig from static charge on antenna

How can I continuously discharge static from my end-fed antenna? My Electraft K2/100's autotuner (schematics) has an SWR bridge using two 1N5711 pin diodes. These diodes get blown if any static ...
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What is the velocity factor of a wire?

This is Belden 9223. It is a 50-ohm coaxial cable, velocity factor 0.56 This is Belden 8524. It is a 22 AWG hookup wire. No velocity factor in the datasheet. Why does the coax datasheet have a ...
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How to shorten the length 50 ohm characteritic impedance antenna cable

I have two 50 ohm characteristic impedance cables of which I need to shorten their length to compact my design. (put everything in to a box) The cables I need to shorten are the GPS & GSM antenna ...
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Antenna Design for specific directions

I am designing an antenna for a device and was hoping to gain some insight in the correct design direction for the antenna. The Idea: A receiver & antenna that fits in a 6" diameter by 3" deep ...
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Can wood be used to build 6m quad? [closed]

Could I use wood to build 6m quad? If not, what material(s) would be better/more useful?
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Is steel or aluminum structurally a better material for catenaries?

I understand that steel is not a good material for antenna wire, but let's consider that I'm using the wire for purely structural support, or I am cladding it with copper to address the RF ...

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