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making ham stuff out of around the house stuff

Discussion in 'Homebrew and Kit Projects' started by KN4BFO, May 7, 2018.

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  1. KA3CTQ

    KA3CTQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Old tube TVs and microwaves have a ton of copper wire.
    Also, how are you at de-soldering? Some passive components can be salvaged off the boards on older electronics.
    I would not bother with parts off newer boards. Too small and they are cheap to purchase.
  2. KA3CTQ

    KA3CTQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have used plastic bottles to cut up and make into spacers for a temporary ladder line. Was an experiment with an antenna design. Used enamel wire from a TV tube.
  3. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've made a butt-load of stuff from PVC. Various antenna adapters for painters poles, in-seat radio mount with pedestal for remote head, baluns, dipole center insulators for camo masts...
  4. WB0RIO

    WB0RIO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Standard steel electrical boxes make great chassis for small tube projects,
    the ones with rounded corners are the best.

    Here are some examples:
  5. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I made a copper cactus 2m yagi once. The driven element had a pvc tee holding the two halves of the driven "dipole".
  6. KG5THG

    KG5THG XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    An old TV antenna can make some really nice beams.
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  7. VK3YE

    VK3YE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's another. Making a rare to find variable inductor from advertising sign material.

  8. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    Extra cheap zip tie antenna insulators. Very strong but yet extremely lightweight. UV resistant too!

    Great for constructing portable lightweight SOTA link dipole antennas.

    One 18" long - 1/2 wide zip tie can make several antenna insulators for many different wire antenna projects to come !


  9. VK3YE

    VK3YE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Receiver built on a kitchen chopping board. Or cut it up for antenna insulators or spacers in open wire line.

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  10. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Volunteer Moderator Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    What a fun idea for a thread!



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