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6 meter homebuilt dipole

Jul 24th, 18:35

KC2HCY

Joined: Nov 20th 2000, 00:00
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I would like to try making a homebuilt 6 meter dipole. Most of the plans I see use an aluminum pole or rod as the dipole. I am having difficulty in finding one 6 ft long. My thought was to use wood, with a number 10 or 12 bare wire stapled to the wooden arms. Any thoughts, suggestions, comments would be appreciated. Thank you.


Ned
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ngmeyer@verizon.net
Jul 24th, 20:12

W1VT

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Yes, that should work. Not as strong as aluminum tubing, but not necessary for an antenna that size. You could also use insulated wire--THHN house wire may be cheaper than bare wire. The resonant frequency will be lower, but you can shorten the antenna a few percent to compensate.

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Jul 27th, 16:15

KC2HCY

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Zack---Thank you.

73
KC2HCY

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