Bugcatcher advice

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

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  1. KD5AUU

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  2. W5DXP

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    Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the Texas Bugcatcher loading coil and it is presently loaned out to a university in another state that is running valid delay measurements on it. I searched for pictures on the web but didn't have any luck.
     
  3. KD5AUU

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    Oh well...............thanks anyway
     
  4. W5DXP

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  5. KD5AUU

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    Cecil - is that a 160 meter coil In the pictures? If it's an 80 meter coil then I may be way over estimating the size. I'm guessing the center post is 1-1/2" with the overall diameter roughly 6" and the coil itself about 15" long not counting the extension of the center post and connectors - Would you say I was in the ballpark or out in left field somewhere?
     
  6. W5DXP

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    The two big ones are probably 160m coils. The small one is probably a 40m coil. As I said earlier, my 80m Texas Bugcatcher loading coil is 6" diameter, 4 TPI, and 6.5" in length, i.e. 26 turns of #12 solid copper wire.
     
  7. KD5AUU

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    The smaller coil pictured is a remotely tunable coil - I saw the prototypes for it at one of the Belton Hamfests years ago - It works similar to a screwdriver antenna. I knew a couple of guys that had them but couldn't keep them working. Anyway I have already started a parts and materials list and I have a mast and an inductance coil for a matching setup but I have one more question for you and then I guess I'll just start experimenting - Do you have any Idea where the 80 meter Texas Bug Catcher resonates without a tap being applied. (If you hooked up an analyzer to the fully assembled antenna with no jumper)
     
  8. W5DXP

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    You need to give me the specs/dimensions of the "fully assembled antenna". Where is the loading coil located on the antenna? Base-loaded or center-loaded? I have an EZNEC model of the loading coil.
     
  9. KD5AUU

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    Center loaded - three foot mast - full 102" whip - no capacity hat - won't be running it mobile but will be mounted on my truck when in use. Base of mast will be at top of back corner of truck bed
     
  10. W5DXP

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    Well, EZNEC says it will resonate close to 3.9 MHz over mininec ground but that's not correct for mobile operation. Based on my experience, I would guess it will resonate around 3.6 MHz without jumpers. Where do you want it to be resonant?
     
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