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Homebrew Wire Reels
Coil up that wire for easy storage!
cool and inexpensive wire strorage reel
This project is so simple that the pictures will describe
how it is done!
A couple of
Home Depot plastic pail (5 gallon) covers and 4 one-half inch PVC
couplings and some glue makesfor large diameter antenna wire
One pail cover shown above with PVC
I used regular pvc pipe glue but it doesn't make a
super tight bond so I'll run a stove bolt and washers thru the spacers to
cinch it up.
White pail covers
are $3 and the orange ones were $1 a piece depending on your
You should be able to load a lot of wire
In the photo above, I
loose wrapped 25 feet #16 wire on each coil.
wrapped, about 40 feet could be had. Although not very visible in
the photo, note the #8-32 x 2 1/2 inch bolts and washers through the PVC
couplings and lids for strength. Look in upper left corner of
The coils can be used for the Tak-Tenna type
antennas or even vertical dipoles. The same design on smaller paint
pail lids can be used for coax baluns (by arslan at tf). Simply adjust the width of
the framework for the number of turns of coax and size of
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