Homebrew Wire Reels
A couple of Home Depot
plastic pail (5 gallon) covers and 4 one-half inch PVC couplings and some
glue makes for large
diameter antenna wire coils!
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.
In the photo above, I loose wrapped 25 feet #16 wire on each coil.
When tight 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 reel.
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. Simply adjust the width of the framework for the number of turns of coax and size of coax.
Now start winding!
73- JR, KL7JR
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