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anyone see this antenna?


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#21 OFFLINE   BattleZone

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 06:45 PM

I spent about $15 on a 2-bay bowtie antenna that is properly made and mountable. Given their low cost and high performance, making your own, aside from the novelty of doing it yourself, doesn't make much sense.

As n3ntj pointed out, you don't get the directional screen with his design either.

Here's my antenna on Solid Signal for $13:

http://www.summitsou...uhf-p-6505.html

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#22 OFFLINE   peak_reception

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 03:59 AM

I spent about $15 on a 2-bay bowtie antenna that is properly made and mountable. Given their low cost and high performance, making your own, aside from the novelty of doing it yourself, doesn't make much sense.

As n3ntj pointed out, you don't get the directional screen with his design either.

Here's my antenna on Solid Signal for $13:

http://www.summitsou...uhf-p-6505.html

Plus 10.33 s/h via cheapest option. The one that really costs a lot to ship though is the Channel Master 4228, pre-assembled. Comes in a HUGE box.

#23 OFFLINE   STEVEN-H

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 04:59 AM

Would you prefer some cheap capacitor balun solution? A matching transformer is precisely what is needed and an excellent way to connect a 300 ohm antenna to a 75 ohm cable.



Yes that is what I said he said and a vhf/uhf transformer.
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#24 OFFLINE   thestaton

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:38 AM

are there any guides to make a low band vhf?

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 10:46 AM

Building an array VHF antenna is a little more complicated due to its size and their lower freqs. A bow-tie "VHF" type of antenna wouldn't be viable. The matching is also different typically.
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Posted 22 September 2008 - 07:45 PM

I made this tonight in my garage... works great! It'll save me $120-150.




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