Part 1 here. I pulled it down and redid all the paracord and used ferrules to hold everything.
I disconnected the 10 meters element and just did the 6 meter. I re-measured and adjusted my driven elements only to get 5:1 on the SWR. My open-stub j-pole does 3:1 on 6 meter. So I'm doing something wrong, but don't know what.
Everything that could go wrong pretty much did. I ran out of wire then I could only find green rope. So it looks rather trashy.
I made it out of polycarbonate(golf car windshield), 1/2 conduit and conduit holders. Also used 14g insulated strained wire.
I have it on my test mast and can already see wind is going to be a problem. I'll play around with it this week, but it will be coming down Sunday.
I decided when I was out getting antenna stuff at Lowes I would get a fancy box to put my mic adapter in. This is the same adapter as in the D104 on a TYT TH-9800 article except with clean connections and proper crimp tools to do the RJ12. Funny the wires are pinned as Cobra on the D104, but only likes the Midland pinouts. The only difference is the high and low of each side and really shouldn't make a difference but on this TUG8 apparently it does. Maybe the bonded PTT and Mic ground, who knows. One would think the mic and and switch are indiscriminate that they do not care which way is positive. Output off the powered end should still be AC, And PTT would be like the difference of me switching a light off and on with my left hand or right. Who knows, it works again and cleaner.
This represents the last of the tent poles from the attic. At least as far as I now. Also probably my last antenna build for awhile. I have been neglecting my music and my airsoft fun. Everything is from Lowes except the rods and the bushings I 3D printed. The mast is fence top rail. Design is from my head after talking about an Octopus antenna on 444.100 Friday morning. Then talking about it again with W5GGH Gary. I figured it was worth giving it a shot and burn off what was left in tent rods.
These are the ISO images of the software CD's that come with the radios I buy or trade for. I'll either update this article or just create new ones for the additions. All will be on my file cloud server. If you want access to my other weirder driver or software stuff hit me up on the phone or email and I'll create you an account. Not much in there right now but one folder over is my archive I can easily move over or just add. Roughly 12TB of useless junk.
TH-9800 ISO (Yaesu FT-8900 clone)