A DIY Linked Dipole Antenna - just in time for ARRL Field Day!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W5KV, Jun 7, 2017.

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  1. W5KV

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    Developing a linked dipole antenna.

    An antenna that I keep hearing about from SOTA operators & POTA operators!

    Easy to deploy. Lightweight. And can be easily made from materials you might have lying around! Just in time for ARRL field day. Hope to hear plenty of folks on the air this year, June 24-25, 2017.

    Thanks for watching!

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  2. MM6ECO

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    Thanks for putting the field day dates online! Remember to point your basic antennae over to the British isles. I`ll be happy to use a homebrew longwire made in the same way or even end fed that weekend too and hope to make contact with all those young people as well on the radio....

    Best wishes for your ARRL field day!
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  3. W5KV

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    Thanks! Same to you.. Last year was an absolute blast! Our club is planning on using nothing but battery power this year so it should be interesting! 73
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  4. K0PIR

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    Good YT video. Yep, Field Day weekend I'll be camping and operating mobile. Hope to work lots of stations.
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  5. KL7AJ

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    I plan on doing six meters on Field Day.....first time ever! (No, not my first FIELD DAY ever....just the first on 6!
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  6. W5KV

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    I hear there is quite a bit of 6m activity during the June VHF contest this weekend too!
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2017
  7. AK5B

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    Don't forget the June VHF Contest this weekend (June 10-12) and the SMIRK 6-Meter Contest next weekend (17-18), too.
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  8. KL7AJ

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    Forgot all about the SMIRK contest. SMIRK was founded while I was still a Novice. Never got to operate six then. :(
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  9. AJ5F

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    I've been using a linked dipole for 40/75 meters successfully for many years. My center insulator is very similar to the one in the video. Test lead clips work better than Power Pole connectors IMHO. I use egg insulators rather than plexiglas. The 40 is resonate on 15 meters (at 3 λ) and the 75 is resonate on 10 meters (sometime a tuner is necessary) at 7 λ. A quick an easy 4-band antenna if you don't change bands that often.
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  10. NH6MA

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  11. N0YG

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    very nice and explained very well. I might try this. Thanks
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