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Multiband Dipole with Ugly Choke Balun
by G4APL


This project commenced after Paul G4APL read Peter Dodd's G3LDO Multiband Dipole published in the March 2011 Page 31 Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)monthly magazine Radio Communication (RadCom).

As there was a requirement for a Multi-band aerial to be used on his GB7CIP HF Pactor links to be configured to cover the 7, 14, 18, 21, 28MHz Amateur RadioFrequency bands, a separate 3.5MHz dipole was already in use and would not be a requirement for the multiband dipole.

He has made multiband dipoles many decades ago for portable use, based on articles in the RSGB Radio Communication Handbooks.

Paul G4APL came across an excellent web site URL http://www.hamuniverse.com/balun.html
run by Don Butler N4UJW early in 2007.

Don, N4UJW, has brought together some excellent examples on how to construct and build a Choke Balun.

A further check on the Hamuniverse.com site in March 2011 illustrated other additional Ugly Choke Balun's and mounting construction. One of the mountingideas will be incorporated in this current project.

The search for materials

Paul checked in the shed and found that he had most of the require materials, other than the 4 inch pipe cap. Which he purchased from the local builder merchants.
A short length of 4inch drain pipe left over from the previous G4APL Ugly ChokeBalun project in 2007. The article can be found at URL http://www.theskywaves.net/techart/G4APL_Another_Ugly_Choke_Balun.pdf

Materials List
Cable Ties
Co-Ax cable - used UR43 this time. 18 feet
Aerial Wire - Still had long lengths of Telecommunications wire that Paul
uses for all his wire aerials.
Hardware fittings - Choc Block, Eye Bolts, Nuts, Bolts, Washers, U-bolt
22mm heavy duty pvc water pipe - Recovered from the home made garden cloches
to be used as spacing insulator.
Spacing between
the elements are 40mm
4 inch pvc drain pipe off cut for the balun
4 inch pvc pipe cap.
Two egg insulators
Araldite glue - to secure nuts to pvc 4 inch drain pipe

Antenna Construction

Element lengths -  two required for each half of the dipole – details extracted from G3LDO's article.

Band | Frequency | Length

80m     3.7MHz 18.44m - Not required could be added later as holes drilled in insulators.

40m     7.05MHz 10.06m

20m     14.2MHz 5.03m

17m     18.1MHz 3.89m

15m     21.2MHz 2.84m

10m     28.5MHz 2.464m

Editor note: Many times the 40 meter section can also be used on 15 meters as well...check swr first,
 or just trim individual antenna sections for lowest swr if you use all of them as in the drawing.
Change your lengths for each side to fit your frequency requirements.

The following photographs show the basic steps in the construction of the multiband


The Ugly Balun constructions are detailed in the web site URL referenced in this article.

Balun Construction

Balun construction and spreader layout

Many thanks to G4APL for sharing this with us!

Email for questions.... Paul G4APL
paul AT skywaves.demon.co.uk  

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