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Conductive Copper foil Tape for Antenna?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by K2POP, Aug 24, 2011.

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  1. K2POP

    K2POP Ham Member

    Has anyone made an antenna using conductive copper foil tape? If so, please tell me about it. How different is copper tape from copper wire? :confused:

    Thanks, Richard
     
  2. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber

    Wire is stronger.;)

    Copper foil tape is handy if it's adhesive backed and you're sticking it to a window or something. It might even be handy (if adhesive backed) for "winding" a helical radiator on a shaft.

    But it's usually pretty thin, so I wouldn't use it for anything self-supporting.

    As a "conductor" for an antenna, it should be fine. The issue is mostly mechanical strength.
     
  3. NH7RO

    NH7RO Ham Member

    I always thought about trying to make a copper-tape yagi with fishing poles for a lightweight beam good for portable stuff.... Wonder if anyone else has actually done so?
     
  4. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber

    There was a QST article years ago for exactly this, and I did build it.

    It's okay, but frankly aluminum tubing is every bit as lightweight and if you use telescoping sections even a 20m beam can be collapsed to fit in the trunk of a car, and it's less finnicky. You can build a 20m beam from thinwall aluminum tubing that weighs 5 lbs for portable work. It may not survive an ice storm, but I wouldn't expect it to.:eek:
     
  5. N0AZZ

    N0AZZ Ham Member

    Several years ago my club had a project where new Tech's made a copper tape 2m antenna on plexiglass that folded up for there go bag at the folds wire was bonded to the tape. They worked well next was a copper J pole project.
     
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