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Don's, (AE5UN) 2 Meter Extreme Dream Beam
Building the ultimate 2 meter ham radio beam antenna with
The plans that were used to build this version are
the plans that I drew up for myself and other hams. The original
plans I received from another ham many years ago and redrew them for an
easier to build version for my own use. The original article was by
Nick Testa, (spelling??) K6TKS, and printed in the May 1983 issue of
73 magazine. (Page 30) It was
reprinted in the December 1991 issue of Radio Fun. The copy I
received was a very poor copy of that article in Radio Fun.
used the measurements and other information from that article and redrew
the layout to use pvc and later added a fifth element.
(KG5ABL) video (YouTube video see below), is very good and
complete and the plans and measurements are given at the end of the video.
They are also included on this web page and when viewed in HD
(720p) in the video, it is very clear and sharp.
the original version I built, I used aluminum ground wire from Radio
Shack for the elements, but that is no longer available. So Darren,
KG5ABL, used #8 copper wire and corrected the measurements of the
elements on the plans at the end of the video.
I can lay no claim
to the design of this antenna. I just used the basic layout from the
73 magazine article and redrew the plan for an easy build for me
and others as seen below.-----AE5UN - Don
5 Element Full Wave Loop Beam Assembled (from
Video on YouTube
This video staring KG5ABL
and AF5OD, shows how to build it and the parts you will need, and shows
analyzer performance stats for frequency and swr. Be sure to set the YouTube video if you watch it to
play in HD format and to view the plans and
parts list at the end of the video clearly or use the drawings and
graphics below. (about 26
a pdf of the drawing above
by Don, AE5UN
(Press and hold Ctrl on your
keyboard and adjust mouse wheel to zoom in or out as
Parts List taken from
YouTube video of the project built by
Email Don, AE5UN for questions kb5uvm AT
Since there are no gain,
f/b specs, etc in this article,
anyone wishing to model this
antenna and send the results to me
for addition to
this article would be appreciated!
Full credit to you of
course! Email to n4ujw AT
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