Monday, December 14, 2015

New Home Brew Ladder Line Project at N4LQ. Post #627.


If you're having difficulty viewing this video, please enter this address into your browser search box: https://youtu.be/c1Ays78mwZA.  If you feel adventurous and want to build your own ladder line for your multiband dipole, check out this video from Steve Ellington (N4LQ).  For the antenna feed line, Steve used 41.5-ft/12.65 meters of 12-gauge "Flexweave" from The Wireman.  The acrylic forms to support his twin feeders came from USplatic in Lima, Ohio (http:www.usplastic/catalog/item.aspx?sku=440019).  His antenna is a flat top dipole, measuring 128-ft/39.02 meters.  Steve says his home brewed tuned feeders exhibit lower loss than commercially available 450 ohm ladder line. This would make an excellent weekend project and will convert your single band dipole into a multi-band antenna.  You will need a balanced "tuner" to complete the antenna package.  You could also connect your home brewed ladder line to a 4:1 balun, followed by a short length of 50 ohm coaxial cable from the balun to your antenna "tuner."  Good luck!  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 email subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed.  Thanks for joining us today!  Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).