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Bugcatcher advice

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by KD5AUU, Feb 3, 2011.

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  1. KD5AUU

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    I would like some advice on construction of a Bug Catcher antenna - materials and coil size - number of turns - wire size - length / diameter etc. - is there any where I can find drawings and formulas - I'd like to build an 80 meter antenna.
     
  2. K0BG

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  3. KA0HCP

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    QST December 1980 has a 3 page construction article with detailed parts list and photos.

    I checked the ARRL Antenna Book, about 4 years old and it has loaded vertical projects but nothing specifically as a bug catcher. I reall think some of the late 70's or 1980's Handbooks had a similar project but I'll leave that to you to search for.

    Good luck!
     
  4. G7VQE

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  5. W5DXP

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    My Texas Bugcatcher coil is 26 turns at 4 turns per inch, 6 inch diameter of #16 wire. It has about 72 uH of inductance. A very good inductance calculator is at:

    http://hamwaves.com/antennas/inductance.html

    Multiply inches by 25.4 to get mm.
     
  6. KD5AUU

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    Thanks Y'all - I guess from the lack of response and the little I've been able to find on my own that the Bugcatcher is on it's way to becoming obsolete - It's too bad - It is the best mobile antenna I have ever had - Anyway I appreciate your suggestions and I think maybe I have enough to put one together - I'm going to give it a shot - 73..............
     
  7. N5TGL

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  8. KD5AUU

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    Great - gave me some more good ideas - Thanks
     
  9. KD5AUU

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    Cecil is that an 80 meter coil?
     
  10. W5DXP

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    Yes, it's a standard 80m Texas Bugcatcher coil given to me by K7JEB.
     
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