There are probably cheaper ways of doing this, but I had these parts on hand.
- 2 section of fence top rail
- 1 antenna mounting bracket
- 1 little pulley
- 1 make shift hanger for the top to hold the pulley
- All the above can be substituted with a tall tree or a pair of them, or more for even kewler antennas.
- 66 feet of 14 THHN Stranded wire or anything really. You could use nylon coated wire rope. Just factor in the velocity spec which may be a foot in one direction of the other. I already had a 500 foot spool, and I didn't use any of that. I took all the short pieces I had and soldered them all together to make a pair of 33's. Don't run your hand down these bad boys.
- And the magic of it all is a Jetstream 4:1 Balun that keeps it all happy. Calum M0MCX has a nifty SWR calculator for excel to dial it in.
That's pretty much it. Mine is up 6.5m in the middle and 3m on each end. You will need a tuner with it. Should be close to 1:1 on 40m though. If you had two 51 foot lines and 30-34 foot of ladder line you'd have a G5RV or two 25.5 foot pieces and 15-17 feet of ladder a G5RV Junior. Neither of the last two require a balun. Ugly balun yes or a bunch of ferrite beads as you can almost see in the picture by the balun.
This is the parts breakdown for the fishing pole antenna. If the links get stall let me know and I'll update them.
What you didn't see because of the flash was the fact that you couldn't see the controls of the sound module or the radio interface. I have solved this with one of the lights I picked up for the gun cabinet. It has a few disco modes, but will do just plain white too. Then again who doesn't like to shake their ass from time to time. Take me to funky town.
Not quite finished but functional. I'll probably get another sound card that is much smaller, but I doubt I'll beat 10$ for it. I'll most likely move the battery meter above the tuner and put my FT-8900 clone there in that small hole. It looks messy, but it's got industrial strength velcro and zip tied pretty snug. The radio doesn't have velcro or zip ties. It's got M5 holding to 2" aluminum angle and drill and tapped bolted to the rack shelf. It is very secure. I'll probably use piano hinge and make fold up wood doors just for extra protection and to act as a sun visor, but It's ready for camping next month.
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