Saturday, September 6, 2008


RadioWavz 40 Meter Dipole

UPDATE: See Related Posts: RadioWavz 40 Meter Dipole Is Operating RadioWavz 40 Meter Dipole - Final Thoughts

"Sheer luck!"
That was Bob's reaction when I told him about how I had made a 20 Meter contact with a station in Miami, using a 102" steel whip for an antenna and received a 5/9 signal report in the process.
I had stopped in to Phil's Ham Radio Store in New Haven, Indiana, as I often do when I am in the Ft. Wayne area. Phil Hooper AB9IZ runs a nice shop there. I enjoy dropping by, having a cup of coffee, and talking to Phil and his partner Bob. Bob Helt NY6J has probably forgotten more about radios and their operation than I'll ever know. So I had hit him up for free advice (to go with the free coffee) about where I should go next with HF antennas at my station.
When I told Bob that after talking with Charlie N9BIF I was thinking about going to a real simple wire dipole, probably cut for 40 Meters. Using my tuner I could use the wire antenna for 20 and 40. I would then have a suitable antenna for everything from 10 through 40 Meters, which are all of the frequencies that I am most likely to use right now. Bob thought it was a good idea too.
During the course of our conversation we were looking at the construction of a RadioWavz 40 Meter wire dipole antenna. It's a decent looking antenna. It seems to be well constructed, and very well sealed from the elements. I ended up leaving with it.
Dan N9BAV and I are planning on doing a "quick-n'-dirty" set-up tomorrow. I'll play with it some, then maybe we'll go to a cleaner, more professional installation later. I'll post an update when the antenna is installed and working.

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The RadioWavz 40 Meter wire dipole antenna.

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Closer view of the antenna.

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Note the construction and weatherproofing.

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Insulator at the end of the wire.

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SO-239 connector at the bottom of the balun.

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