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My D.I.Y. Antenna

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My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby anthony » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:12 pm

When God was handing out handyman and D.I.Y. skills I lucked out. I usually make a mess of any construction or D.I.Y. task that I attempt, therefore, I just want to boast that I have successfully constructed an antenna with my own two hands! Unfortunately I can't take credit for the design as I followed a tutorial.

The antenna is designed for airband, however, it also works very efficiently on the emergency services UHF frequencies in my area.

I have included a couple of photos.

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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby youngn » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:17 pm

That looks like a very clean job, well done! :)
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby rochedalescan » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:07 pm

That looks very professional, which tutorial was it ? How much did it cost you all up in parts ?
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby anthony » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:14 pm

rochedalescan wrote:That looks very professional, which tutorial was it ? How much did it cost you all up in parts ?


Thanks Shane.

Tutorial: http://www.aurfscan.com.au/showthread.p ... le-Antenna

It cost me around $50.00 in parts from Mitre 10 Mega. This included buying screws, terminals, rivets, zip ties etc. A lot of people already have these bits and pieces laying around.
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby anthony » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:15 pm

youngn wrote:That looks like a very clean job, well done! :)


Thank you.
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby sgannon02 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:37 pm

The daztenna :D

Nice job... I have 2 here.... 1 for UHF and 1 for VHF....
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby Vkfour » Fri May 27, 2011 7:54 pm

What did yiou use for the centre? this looks like an interesting project for me, who, like you, has a few thumbs and not much idea on how to use them! Cheers!
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby anthony » Sun May 29, 2011 12:47 pm

Vkfour wrote:What did yiou use for the centre? this looks like an interesting project for me, who, like you, has a few thumbs and not much idea on how to use them! Cheers!


I'm glad there are others like me! hehe

The T-Piece that you are referring to is a Clipsal conduit 'T' piece.

If you are interested in building one of these antennas the instructions can be found at: http://www.aurfscan.com.au/showthread.p ... le-Antenna

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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby fireNZ » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:33 pm

Nice job I am looking at making them for my radios. All I need know is a job to get the money. :)
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby Spectre » Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:09 pm

fireNZ wrote:Nice job I am looking at making them for my radios. All I need know is a job to get the money. :)



Recycling is your friend... discarded TV antenna components, an old aluminium mop handle OR old PVC conduit/piping could be used to construct the elements (with coax/wire inside for your conductive elements), alternatively a PVC body with coat hanger elements would work too, the design and materials are only limited by your own imagination :mrgreen:

Here's an example where an individual has used a multi-tap wire distribution block and rigid wire/coat hanger wire lengths details can be seen HERE
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby Xstream003 » Fri May 15, 2015 12:45 pm

Hi, whats the receive like for air band?
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby emergen » Sat May 16, 2015 2:17 am

As Spectre stated recycling is your best friend and that way you can reduce your costs dramatically. Looks like a fantastic antenna BTW.
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Re: My D.I.Y. Antenna

Postby Exceler8r » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:16 pm

Anyone able to get the directions for this DIY job as per previous posts? The link doesn't work as I am not a premium member of the forums where it was posted.

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