The construction of the antenna is shown above and is a five turn loop of one
cable from 5 ampere mains cable. The cable must have a multi-stranded conductor.
The antenna uses over 20 meters of the cable, so I stripped down 7 meters of
3-core cable and soldered the ends together. Construction is otherwise quite
straight forward if you follow the above drawing. Note that all cable lengths
shown are approximate.
The two boom poles - I have used both cane and a plastic clad tin (metalic)
pipes, of the sort that are sold in garden shops. Both worked very well in
spite of the difference in materials. If you do use metal booms then insert
some form of insulation in the holes before you pass wire through them. I
used plastic drinking straws from MacDonalds. This will prevent the metal
from digging into the cable insulation, as well as improving the insulation.
With the dimensions shown each loop will be separated by 4cm. The natural
capacity between the turns will tune the antenna to (about) 4.15 MHz, just
above the 80 meter band. One of those Jackson 804 / 805 VHF tuning capacitors
with about 25pf will tune the antenna down to 3.45 - 3.90 MHz. The tuning
capacitor MUST be one with a couple of millimeters between the plates. The
antenna has a very high Q so the voltage across the capacitor will be very
high, even with small QRP powers.
A capacitor of 410 pf placed across the tuning capacitor move the antenna
frequency down to 1.9 MHz. This capacitor MUST be a high voltage type. This
antenna could get you QRV on 160 meters although efficiency is likely to
suffer, but Ok for local nets and the like.
If the 80 meter antenna does not naturally fall on 4.15 MHz, or the tuning
capacitor is not centered on the band then some frequency adjustment can be
made to the final antenna.
If the frequency is a little LOW and you need to increase it then some of the
self capacity must be removed. Thread a bit of plastic tube between the wires
of one side; IN, OUT, IN, OUT, IN. See '*1' in FRAMEANT.GIF. Repeat on more
than one side of the frame antenna if a larger frequency increase is required.
If the increase is still not enough then insert two tubes in each side and
slide them apart to get a large increase.
If the frequency is too HIGH and you need to decrease it then some more
capacity must be added. Connect a high voltage capacitor across the variable
tuning capacitor. A short length of coaxial cable is ideal. Cut the coaxial
capacitor shorter to reduce to the required capacity (increase the frequency).
Do not be tempted to make a 'gimmick' capacitor with two wires twisted together;
it will burn, even with a couple of watts of RF. This means that you have added
Have fun, de HARRY, Upplands Vasby, Sweden,