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Acrylic sheet for antenna

Apr 8th 2018, 14:34


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Is a 1/4" thick sheet of acrylic considered a insulator (dialectric?).

I saw a 2m/70cm vert. dipole by Dave Tadlock. He used a 1/4"x18"x2.5" acrylic plate to mount the 2 elements. They are being held stationary by only 1 bolt each.

I want to cut a T shape vs. a rectangle then use a metal bolt as he describes THEN for more movement security, a nylon bolt further up between each bent elements.

==================== plate edge + 2m element
O. O. (1st bolt stl. 2nd nylon)
=========_____________ plate edge + 70cm element

Hope diagram makes sense!!

Dave Tadlock's antenna: (google / homebrew 2m/70cm vertical dipole antenna)

Colin, W1EEK
Apr 9th 2018, 09:50


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Acrylic has good scratch resistance and optical clarity, but tends to be weak and brittle, so it is a surprise that his antenna lasted so long.

I prefer to use Lexan or polycarbonate as an low impedance antenna feedpoint insulator.

Zak W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer

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