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Posted: 7/10/2014 5:00:55 PM EDT
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It won't stop raining, so don't hate on the yard

Link Posted: 7/10/2014 5:12:02 PM EDT
signal report ?
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 5:24:04 PM EDT
Heavy, but slick, slick, slick!
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 5:31:33 PM EDT
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Heavy, but slick, slick, slick!
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Fo Sho!
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 5:38:36 PM EDT
Cool! What are they calling it?
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 5:45:26 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AirRaceFan:
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"The taped crusader" 200' model.
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 6:11:28 PM EDT
Well, that sure makes it easier to measure it out. lol.

Is the pole you're using aluminium?
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 6:15:01 PM EDT
A true multi band dipole. Let us know how it works.
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 6:21:06 PM EDT
Nice, your solder looks perfect.
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 6:51:30 PM EDT
I used some of the bigger reels to hold my wire for a radial so I can wind it up.
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 7:00:45 PM EDT
I'd be worried about rust if it ever rains while you have them out.  Left a tape measure outside one night in the rain and then next morning it was hard to pull out even after I drained all the rust colored water out of it.
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 7:03:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/11/2014 12:13:11 PM EDT by BigDaddy0004]
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"The taped crusader" 200' model.
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Originally Posted By gcw:
Originally Posted By AirRaceFan:
Cool! What are they calling it?


"The taped crusader" 200' model.



Nice work, gcw!
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 7:10:24 PM EDT
I was expecting a cordless "Screwdriver" For backpacking....
Link Posted: 7/10/2014 7:33:16 PM EDT
I'll be interested in seeing how this one measures up.
Link Posted: 7/11/2014 5:11:34 AM EDT
Thanks everyone for the kind words. This will be car portable so I am not really concerned about size like I am my backpacking gear.

I still need to make the end supports. I plan to use a couple 3-6ft painter poles with some type of quick connection point on top. If it goes right I will only need 2 guy wires.

130' is a lot of real estate so being independent of trees is a big plus. I lucked out that the wash pole slides onto my tripod perfectly.
Link Posted: 7/11/2014 9:40:48 AM EDT
ur famous.....Brick just blogged your creation
Link Posted: 7/11/2014 6:48:06 PM EDT
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Haha. Awesome.
Link Posted: 7/11/2014 7:06:50 PM EDT
What exactly are we seeing in the vice pic?

It looks like a coax, both center and shield. soldered together to measuring tape
Link Posted: 7/11/2014 7:24:17 PM EDT
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What exactly are we seeing in the vice pic?

It looks like a coax, both center and shield. soldered together to measuring tape
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It is everyday 14ga wire soldered onto a spot where I took the paint off the tape measure.
Link Posted: 7/13/2014 11:01:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/17/2014 5:24:08 PM EDT
Very nice.
Link Posted: 7/22/2014 5:28:43 PM EDT
To keep the thread alive a quick AAR from my camping trip.

The antenna worked great. I used it up to 100w. After a couple setups and tear downs I was able to get the time down to 6 mins by myself and including the supports.

My best contact on it was with the kx3 and 1/2w to a station 300 miles away. It worked great as an NVIS antenna, which is what it was designed to do.

Link Posted: 7/22/2014 5:58:00 PM EDT
and I can expect mine when....? I'm good in QRZ.........
Link Posted: 7/22/2014 6:22:44 PM EDT
That's a pretty bad ass solder job.  
Link Posted: 7/22/2014 6:29:14 PM EDT
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<a href="http://s1166.photobucket.com/user/jnu5/media/20140712_220147_zps1ddbf12e.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q610/jnu5/20140712_220147_zps1ddbf12e.jpg</a>
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What's the orange doohickey?

Also, as a time saver you could mark your frequencies on the reverse side of the tape to save a little time.
Link Posted: 7/22/2014 6:34:41 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Frostbite:
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I predict it's going to rule.
Link Posted: 7/22/2014 6:52:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By bd82001:

What's the orange doohickey?

Also, as a time saver you could mark your frequencies on the reverse side of the tape to save a little time.
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Originally Posted By gcw:
<a href="http://s1166.photobucket.com/user/jnu5/media/20140712_220147_zps1ddbf12e.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q610/jnu5/20140712_220147_zps1ddbf12e.jpg</a>

What's the orange doohickey?

Also, as a time saver you could mark your frequencies on the reverse side of the tape to save a little time.


The orange part is a window squeegee that is made as an attachment for the top of the pole.

You could mark the tape. I thought about making a chart but it is pretty simple to just do the math. Even without a calculator I say 7MHz is 33ft, so 3.5MHz is double and 14MHz is half and let my tuner do the rest.

Link Posted: 7/23/2014 3:24:46 PM EDT
Some clear coat over the solder joint should inhibit rust.
As far as the entire tape getting wet and rusting, from being outside?
WD-40 or similar, before retracting?
Link Posted: 7/23/2014 3:38:07 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By hdhogman:
Some clear coat over the solder joint should inhibit rust.
As far as the entire tape getting wet and rusting, from being outside?
WD-40 or similar, before retracting?
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Any type of paint over the joint would have been a good idea. I might do that. I didn't have any heat shrink that would work so I used black tape. I might pull it off to paint it.

The neat thing with the DeWalt reels is the trap door they built in to remove any debris. If it were to stay out in the weather I would squirt some WD40 in the trap door until I could get it dried off.

It wasn't built to be a permanent antenna. So a lot of those problems aren't really an issue.
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