dipole for civ airband
After reading all the threads on the off-centerfed dipole, and variations, I tried putting one together a week or two ago for my airband listening experiments. After buying/installing an ST-2
recently and getting a whiff of the airport approach control, I wondered if the "classic dipole" that member herzian wrote about would do as well. I used instructions from one of his posts, to make a dipole with equal 22" lengths, connected directly to the coax. Since my best location is nearly 150' from the house, due to huge trees I can't cut, I connected an old tv preamp to it. I was amazed by how well this little antenna works! I have been hearing the Birmingham approach control day & night for almost two weeks, more than I have ever heard them with any antenna.
Most of the time I have heard the Bham RCAG (think that is the term for the Atlanta ATC repeater)
also. Depending on the weather of course, reception varies, but trying the ST-2 in the exact same place/height doesn't get me nearly as much air traffic.
I'm not sure I could've bought an antenna that would be better, at only about tree top level where I am! Thanks Herzian for your posts.
Last edited by doublescan; 09-14-2013 at 2:02 AM..