So, since this is about Ham Radio, you had to have guessed that there would be talk about various types of antenna. I have a terrible dislike of spending money, so instead of buying my first antenna, I decided to build one instead.
As a newly minted Technician class Ham Radio Operator, the only HF bands that you have voice privileges on is the 10-meter band (28.3MHz - 28.5MHz). You can operate CW on a few lower bands, but since I am still in the process of learning Morse Code (CW), I decided to build an antenna for use where I can talk on voice (using what is called SSB or Single Side Band).
A dipole is a very basic antenna, and very easy to build. Basically, you need some wire, and something to use as a feedline, such as coax or twinlead.
My Parts List:
- 20' of stranded copper wire
- 1 x 3/4" PVC "T" fitting
- 2 x 2" pieces of 3/4" PVC pic as insulators
- 20' of nylon rope
- 100' of 300-Ohm twinlead from Radio Shack
Time to Completion:
- One hour to measure, cut, solder, mess-up, re-do, and finish.
- One additional hour to hang between two trees.
Here is a quick pic:
Once it was up in the air, I connected it to my radio via my tuner, and was talking to California, Idaho, Montana using SSB on 28.4MHz!
That it for this post, hope you enjoyed it!