Relocated the VHF/UHF Antenna

When I moved it from the chimney to the attic I didn't think there would be a problem. However that apparently that wasn't the case. It's literally been raised 5ft now. I think I really should have did this to begin with a year ago.

Slinky Antenna Failed

Well the Slinky antenna failed. Seems I went through this before and failed. Anyhow yesterday when it was almost dark I slapped up a 53ft endfed. I scabbed together a bunch of pieces of 14thhn until I hit the magical 53ft. Took the 9:1 unun from the slinky antenna. Then I climbed the tree again for my rope and bungie. I hope it doesn't matter that the source is higher than the end. It's going south-south-east to north-north-east. Maybe this will work for Tuesday.

Dangit. I keep forgetting about that phone box hanging by it's wires.

Slinky Antenna Revisited

It was this or spend 27$ at HRO for a hamstick. Mmmm, that sounds kind of tasty right now. Need to check the fridge for some hickory farms snacks. Anyhow, back to this. I'm kind of short on cash at the moment. So I revisited this old idea. Build list is as follows.

  • This is the same fishing pole from field day. 20' Shakespear crappie pole.
  • The two slinkys I've had for awhile, but originally got from Wally World. I used to take them with me whenever my wife would want to go shopping. I will play with them on the escalators. Nothing like a little embarassment to hurry the shopping experience along. Pretty handy not having any couth or be embarassed by doing retarded things or just oblivous to such things. Being retarded helps.
  • A 9:1 Unun from China, given to me by Craig WB5KUO.
  • The tripod was from M&M Wholesalers.
  • A bunch of little things from the junk box.
  • And the pièce de résistance one of my 25' tape measures for the counterpoise. Easily adjustable and easily stowed in my bag. I wish I had thought of this sooner. 

No idea if it works. It receives awesomely.

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Fishing Pole Antenna (Part 3)

I thought I had made breakdowns for all my antenna projects, but I guess I was just sending them in emails to people that asked for them. Here's the loadout for the Fishing pole antenna. This started as a 53' end fed vee with a 9:1 unun that branched into two different antenna. Project29 and this.

  1. Caribeaners from a hamfest somewhere. Irving I think. 3$
  2. Paracord from Dollar Tree 3$
  3. Shakespeare 20' Crappie pole from Amazon 20$
  4. Landscape stakes from Lowes 9$
  5. Guy ring made poly-carbonate golf car windshield 0$
  6. rope tensioners made from poly-carbonate golf car windshields 0$ (Check out these alternate tensioners)
  7. 22gu stained wire at 29ft length. 11$ 100' roll  on Amazon (Not seen)
  8. 9:1 Unun 0$ Donated to the project by Craig Coley WB5KUO (Not seen) the exact model ebay listing

There's also a couple of jubilee clamps to keep it from collapsing from guy rope tension. Also I have 4 bundles of 8 1m radials that I use on everything portable I have. Pet boarder fence wire is super cheap for this.

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I only named this Project29 so it was easier to search in my email and notes. This started over here. This really started as an idea of an antenna for the attic and just evolved into this. The 9:1 you see here will actually go in my attic with 53ft of border fence wire. No idea how that's going to work out.

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