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Posted: 1/27/2014 8:36:56 AM EDT
Yesterday was nice, 60 degrees and light wind, so a friend came over to help me get my fan dipole built and up in the air.  It has 40m, 20m, 10m, and 6m.  That's the longest I could go for now.  Of course, last night a front came through with winds gusting to 60 mph and temps dropping from 60 to 6.  I was happy to see that it was still up this morning.  Last night before the wind storm I was able to make contacts in Wyoming, Ohio, and Florida on 40m and a bunch of local contacts in MO and AR on 10m.  I still need to add a support line so that all the weight is not on the 40m wire and add stretchers to eliminate the sag in the other wires.

You guys were right, of course, HF is where it's at.





Link Posted: 1/27/2014 8:42:50 AM EDT
Congrats!
Nice looking dipole.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 8:42:56 AM EDT
Very nice. Enjoy!
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 8:50:22 AM EDT
Looks great

you can work the world with that setup.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 8:54:56 AM EDT
Congrats!  

I am near my radio if you want to make an ARFCOM contact on 20M.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 8:56:14 AM EDT
There ya go, nice setup! Your in bussiness now.




HS
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 9:54:04 AM EDT
niiiice.

Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:09:43 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Frostbite:
Congrats!  

I am near my radio if you want to make an ARFCOM contact on 20M.
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Sorry, went downstairs for lunch.  20m seems pretty busy right now.  Looking for a clear frequency.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:54:05 AM EDT
Did you check into the Ancient Modulators 6m net last night? I was grilling some supper and thought I heard you talking about this antenna.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:27:40 AM EDT
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Did you check into the Ancient Modulators 6m net last night? I was grilling some supper and thought I heard you talking about this antenna.
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Why, yes, I did.  I'm John in Catawissa.

Link Posted: 1/27/2014 12:13:07 PM EDT
Looks great! Gotta love homebrew projects. Try loading it on 15 Meters. You just might be surprised by a "bonus" band!
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 12:49:53 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Frank_B:
Looks great! Gotta love homebrew projects. Try loading it on 15 Meters. You just might be surprised by a "bonus" band!
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I did and it works great there, too.  I don't have an antenna tuner yet, so I'm living with a fairly narrow slice of each band with low (<2) SWR.  Even so I'm making lots of contacts.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 1:39:54 PM EDT
Great news, that's a good looking dipole! 73, Rob
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 1:52:03 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By JC10311:


Why, yes, I did.  I'm John in Catawissa.

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Originally Posted By K9-Bob:
Did you check into the Ancient Modulators 6m net last night? I was grilling some supper and thought I heard you talking about this antenna.


Why, yes, I did.  I'm John in Catawissa.



I was listening to the 6m net and heard you check in. I was busy grilling some supper for the family, so I didn't have time to pop in and say hello.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 5:01:40 PM EDT
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I still need to add a support line so that all the weight is not on the 40m wire and add stretchers to eliminate the sag in the other wires.
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I still need to add a support line so that all the weight is not on the 40m wire and add stretchers to eliminate the sag in the other wires.


Sag?  The antenna just looks fine to me, and getting wire straighter will not make it work any better.  You did a good job.  But putting a "messenger line" so that the weight is supported there instead of on the 40 m wires is something you need to do.  

Originally Posted By Frank_B:
Looks great! Gotta love homebrew projects. Try loading it on 15 Meters. You just might be surprised by a "bonus" band!


You bet.  15 meters will easily work from the 40 meter elements.  And the OP can work the whole band on any of those bands, as well as 15 meters, with a tuner.  A piece of cake!  --as opposed to a pizza pie.    

I'll bet JC can even work 17 meters via tuner.

JC, good job!
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 5:09:39 PM EDT

Link Posted: 1/27/2014 5:15:14 PM EDT
I guess it must be working OK.  The first contact I made this morning on 40m was a guy in St. George, British Columbia -- 1,848 miles.    I know that's not all that far for most of y'all, but it's a first for me.

Link Posted: 1/27/2014 5:28:02 PM EDT
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40 Meters can be amazing after dark. I worked Algeria and South Africa Friday evening around 11 PM Eastern w/50 watts & a dipole using CW.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 5:34:02 PM EDT
yours is way neater than mine


well done!
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 5:38:54 PM EDT
That's an excellent looking antenna and I bet it performs just as well as it looks!  A textbook example if I ever saw one!
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 5:55:03 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By KwaiChangCaine:
That's an excellent looking antenna and I bet it performs just as well as it looks!  A textbook example if I ever saw one!
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Thanks.  It's "text book" because I don't know what I'm doing . . . yet.  I wanted to copy something that works as closely as I could.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 6:10:20 PM EDT
Did you just calculate and cut the wire, or did you do any fine tuning?
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 6:28:13 PM EDT
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Did you just calculate and cut the wire, or did you do any fine tuning?
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I calculated and cut.  I picked a frequency in the middle of each band to get the starting length.  I built a simple dipole for just 6m last week and found that I needed about 1.5" less length on each end than the calculator said to get it into the lower third of the band, so I used that SWAG for the other elements.  I cut the wire about 6" longer than the calculator said and then folded it back on itself at the calculated length minus 1.5" on each end.  Sometimes it's better to be lucky than smart.

ETA:  It got too late in the day to do any tuning . . . then the front came through.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 6:44:14 PM EDT
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I calculated and cut.  I picked a frequency in the middle of each band to get the starting length.  I built a simple dipole for just 6m last week and found that I needed about 1.5" less length on each end than the calculator said to get it into the lower third of the band, so I used that SWAG for the other elements.  I cut the wire about 6" longer than the calculator said and then folded it back on itself at the calculated length minus 1.5" on each end.  Sometimes it's better to be lucky than smart.

ETA:  It got too late in the day to do any tuning . . . then the front came through.
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Originally Posted By Jupiter7200:
Did you just calculate and cut the wire, or did you do any fine tuning?


I calculated and cut.  I picked a frequency in the middle of each band to get the starting length.  I built a simple dipole for just 6m last week and found that I needed about 1.5" less length on each end than the calculator said to get it into the lower third of the band, so I used that SWAG for the other elements.  I cut the wire about 6" longer than the calculator said and then folded it back on itself at the calculated length minus 1.5" on each end.  Sometimes it's better to be lucky than smart.

ETA:  It got too late in the day to do any tuning . . . then the front came through.



that's when you're SUPPOSED to be doing it
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 7:02:32 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By JC10311:...I don't have an antenna tuner yet...
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If you want to try your hand at building one from a kit, take a look at this: http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-941EK
Not many know of it because they don't advertise it
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 8:14:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Frank_B:

If you want to try your hand at building one from a kit, take a look at this: http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-941EK
Not many know of it because they don't advertise it
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Originally Posted By Frank_B:
Originally Posted By JC10311:...I don't have an antenna tuner yet...

If you want to try your hand at building one from a kit, take a look at this: http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-941EK
Not many know of it because they don't advertise it


I will seriously consider that.  I enjoy the hands-on of building a lot.  Have soldering irons, will travel (but not far).
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