How I made My Fan Dipole for POTA.

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  1. KK6USY

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    In this video I show how I made a portable Fan Dipole Antenna.
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  2. KN6HVU

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    I've learned something new great video, Thanks for sharing.
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  3. KY4CQ

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    I'm actually entertaining the idea of building and running a 6, 10, 15, 20, and 40-meter fan dipole myself at the QTH. I'm space limited, but not HOA restricted. I'm thinking a 33 foot push up pole on the wooden fence would make a decent inverted V.
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  4. KB6QXM

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    I have been a ham for decades and I do not even know what POTA is? When time allows I want to build a Fan Dipole for 60, 30, 17 and 12 meters. I just need to determine the spacing between the elements. I am not looking to build a shortened or portable dipole for these bands, just one that works well.
  5. KK6USY

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    Build the 40m and 20m You can play with the length on the 40m leg and get really close on 15m. and check to see if 6m is close also, but the 6m leg will be pretty short anyway. Space the wires atleast 5-6" apart and it should tune a little easier. Mine was for portable use and I wanted to keep it compact.
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  6. KK6USY

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    POTA stands for Parks On The Air, it was started a few years ago for the 100th year of the National parks. Afterwards Hams kept it going and it's a good excuse to get out and play on the radio portable , not everyone's cup of tea but its fun. For a antenna at home 14-18 gauge wire would be good and try spacing the wires 5-6" apart.
    Parks on the Air | POTA | Parks program for amateur radio.
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  7. W3AAX

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    Glad you're having fun out there, and welcome to the program. 73 W3AAX
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  8. M0RIF

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    I made a fan(more parallel than fan!) dipole for 80 and 60 meters . works very well, mid point on both bands no matcher required. Wires about 8 inches (20cm) apart with treated home breq wooden spacers. I use 2.9 mm Kevlar wire and a a simple 1:1 choke at feedpont. very good despite not being mounted very high. Also good general reveive antenna and as a bonus SWR is lowish on 17 meters so with a matcher I worked Madeira yesterday from UK 59. Good luck!
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  9. K4YNZ

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    Use each band as a guy for your pole. Old design from 73 Magazine. 30 feet will do 40-6 fine.
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  10. W5HEH

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    DID not watch the Video yet , will in a few minutes- POTA is PARKS ON THE AIR , look up a search and it will explain all , also Youtube VIDeos on POTA- get out in the Fresh Air and enjoy ! 73 ,

    ps just got my Hitch Mount to hold my Fiber Mast for POTA and Portable /Mobile Use.
    best price on Amazon shipped in 4 days fast 2"3/16ths inside diameter . Have Fun .
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