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Call Sign : 26-CT-3501 Posts : 9 Times Thanked : 0 Join date : 2020-04-29 QTH or Location : Amesbury, Wiltshire Equipment Used : President McKinley, Sirio,Firestik, Antron 99 Age : 63
Subject: Re: 11meter wire antennas Sun May 03, 2020 8:09 pm
I’ve found a brilliant solution to a DX antenna from Hawkins Radio on Facebook and Ebay. Their Thunderbolt SSD 58+ appears to do exactly what I want, simple lightweight, easy to erect and ultra wide band. Take a look for yourselves. I will post how I get on with it when it arrives and conditions improves from the Zero activity that I presently have.
Call Sign : 26TC62, 26CT2817 Posts : 142 Times Thanked : 29 Join date : 2019-06-27 QTH or Location : Portsmouth Equipment Used : Yaesu 891, 10m pole, wire 5/8, T2LT
Subject: Re: 11meter wire antennas Sun May 03, 2020 10:24 pm
Get a 10m fibreglass fishing rod pole and you can experiment with just about anything. A T2LT is the easiest place to start. I started off with one, and then I made up a 5/8 with ground planes and a matching coil, and then a copy of the Sirio Gainmaster (which is what the Hawkins antenna is).
For less than 50 quid you can get one of those Nano antenna analysers, play around with wires and coils, and get a really good understanding of how things actually work (and also debunk a lot of the utter garbage the manufacturers talk in their specs).
He is on Ebay also ,,, he told me this about the bazooka You CAN tune the antenna. To go up the frequency you make both sides shorter by one inch at a time. To go down the frequency you make both sides one inch at a time. However it will be tuned for you before it leaves here.
I have just ordered a ZS6BKW from wire antennas, I noticed they had a selection of wire antennas for 11m/CB which appear to be better quality than some on EBay for around the same sort of price. I think somebody had left a link but just in case here it is: http://www.wireantennas.co.uk/11M
I'm in a flat and thinking about throwing something out the window on to the tree.. ..I know its a compromise . Looks like your well into the hobby Alan !
I only returned to it quite recently, it had been something I had done a fair bit of in the '80s, early 90's, initially with the UK FM C.B. quickly getting into SSB and DXing.
Some people I was chatting with online were getting emergency communications, generally in the form of the Baofeng UV5R which I did too, maybe a year ago if that. Doing so, brought back memories of my previous venture into radio and around November last year I decided to get another multimode rig which I persevered with as there were very few people on in my area but I stuck with it and soon connected with them (I got the impression they were glad to have somebody new in the area).
With my focus being on DX-ing at some point I knew I'd need a call sign, I used to be in a group at my previous QTH and the P.O. box was in a town called Broadbottom which I can assure you raised a smile or two when spelling it out for QSL's. Anyway, I looked around online finding this very site which has been no end of help and encouragement to me and when lockdown came the opportunity arose to do the foundation licence online which I gained very recently with the help of the Essex ham course and foundation handbook. I have just ordered the Intermediate handbook this very morning to get started on that as they announced that you can do it online too just a week or two ago.
I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed chatting on the radio and am really grateful that somebody brought up the little Beofeng handhelds leading me to continue my radio journey.
Hi Victor. I believe homebrew antennae give's the user a better sense of achievement. Knowing that i made the antenna and it's getting me " OUT THERE " is a good feeling. And yes people do pay those prices for a simple bit of wire.
I have been looking at a Delta loop antenna that can be made from wire and TV coax which interestingly enough is used to help match it. I found some pretty comprehensive plans which make it look really quite simple to construct from iems we will more than likely have around the shack. I have left a link below.
Call Sign : M0GVZ / 26CT1760 Posts : 256 Times Thanked : 15 Join date : 2019-11-13 QTH or Location : IO94SA Equipment Used : Icom 7300, TS480, President McKinley, Albrecht AE6110, CRT Mike Age : 49
Subject: Re: 11meter wire antennas Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:47 pm
Wire antennas aren't complicated to build. The main problem is when you're building something like a Moxon, Hexbeam or Delta Loop in constructing the arms and centre hub to support the wire but you can do wonders using PVC piping and bends due to the fact that wire antennas for the 11m band aren't that big when compared to building something for the 20m or 40m ham bands.