Will a bent director element affect performance?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by G0VQY, Dec 12, 2019.

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  1. G0VQY

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    Just recently I reinstalled my Opti beam 11-5. I don't know what happened but for some strange reason both ends of the director element have got bent upwards. Will this affect the performance of the antenna?
     
  2. EA1DDO

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  3. G0VQY

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    In my case, do you think it will inhibit the performance of the antenna? After all, an antenna has got to be designed properly and if you are going to bend elements then I imagine they would have to be bent to the correct specification.
     
  4. KA0HCP

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    Hold the mouse closer to the antenna; it's a bit blurry and hard to see. ;)
     
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  5. K0UO

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    The Best Antenna is on that is IN the Air and ON the Air

    If it loads use it
     
  6. W2AAT

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    Don't know how bad the tube(s) are bent, but you might try getting a wooden dowel that is close to the inside diameter of the tube and drive the dowel into the tube while applying pressure to the to the bend. You can also minimally heat the bend of the tube while doing this. You can leave the dowel in the tube when you are done as the dowel will add minimal weight to the element.
    Good luck....
     
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  7. WB2WIK

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    Having the element bent will make it harder for birds to land on it.
     
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  8. W2AAT

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    This is especially true with ducks....
     
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  9. WB2WIK

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    Hey, be kind to your web-footed friends, for a duck may be somebody's mother.
     
  10. W1BR

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    Depends on if one of their legs is longer than the other...
     

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