I'd like to build my own 2 meter and 70 cm yagis for sats and make a few contacts before purchasing any additional antennas.
I've seen some antenna plans that suggest #8 AWG bare aluminum wire for the elements (pvc for boom). I can't find that gauge of bare aluminum wire locally and I have checked at Home Depot, Lowes, and Radio Shack. Can't even find anything close.
So what do you use for experimental homebrew yagi elements and where do you purchase it?