AH6TD Gets A New Antenna, Part 2

In my last post I explained the need for and thought process behind my antenna construction project.  In this post I’m going to talk about actually building the antenna.

I had settled on a vertical dipole design that closely resembles the venerable NorCal Doublet.  The NorCal Doublet is 44 feet long with a 28 foot feed line.  It’s usually fashioned for portability and backpack-ability, and is typically deployed horizontally like a dipole.

My antenna will be a permanent base antenna and will be mounted vertically. I’m quite tempted to call it the “AH6TD Vertical Doublet.” Again, I digress…

Anyway, I’m building this antenna to be more permanent and, since . . .

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AH6TD Gets A New Antenna, Part 1

Here at AH6TD we’ve been running a vertical dipole for well over a year and were very happy with it.  However, it would only tune up on 20 meters and higher, and I would really like to use it on 30 and 40 meters as well.

So I started to consider what my options might be, and wound up composing the following list of design objectives for a new antenna to replace my venerable vertical dipole:

Must be built using parts I already have — no out of pocket expenses. Must be no less visually appealing than the existing vertical dipole in use (in the XYL’s judgment). Must be . . .

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