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A $6.87 25 Foot 5 Band HF Vertical
I like to experiment with antennas and have built many dipoles for the various bands. I have a commercial vertical and like it but I wanted to try to build a smaller, simpler light weight vertical for multiple bands.
I came up with what I call the "Wonder Stick" antenna!
The Wonder Stick is composed entirely of schedule 20 PVC pipe and a piece of copper-weld 12 gauge wire.
I purchased 3 different sized white PVC pipes at 1", 3/4" and 1/2" in 10Ft. lengths.
I already had the copper-weld wire and 3 bolts to drill and secure the sections. I shoved the copper wire down each of the lengths separately then tied them together equally to an overall length of 25 feet. I left about 18" pigtail of copper wire through a 1/2" hole drilled 1 foot from the bottom of the 1" pipe. Once bolted together and in one 25 foot piece, I walked it over to a 3 foot PVC pipe I had hammered in the ground on the side of my house. After it was erected on the pipe mount, I connected the shield to my pre-existing radial system and the center connector to the copper wire through a large dirty balun choke coil to the tuner.
Questions? Email the author r_bosio AT bellsouth.net
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