Friday, July 10, 2015

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--Painter Pole Antenna - ham radio weekend project. Post #486.


If you have trouble viewing this video, please insert this URL into your browser search box: https://youtu.be/eHHDdIXdMnI. This is a great antenna project for the weekend, courtesy of NG9D. Most of the material can be obtained from the nearest hardware or home improvement outlet.  This antenna resembles the commercially-made Budipole Antenna, but you make everything yourself.  All you need is some PVC pipe (for the center "T"), a telescoping fiberglass mast, two aluminum painter's poles, some #12 AWG household wire, some coax for the feed line, an optional antenna transmatch ("tuner"), and you're ready to go.  This video features a 10 meter QSO between NG9D in Plainfield, Illinois and WA4WKL in Pensacola, Florida.  NG9D is using the popular ICOM-IC-703 QRP rig running at 10 watts.  The report is 579 for both sides of the conversation.  The antenna works very well.  Have fun! For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.  You can follow our blog community with a free e-mail subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed.  Thanks for joining us today!  Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).