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Old 08-07-2005, 4:21 PM
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the reason for using brass tubing for teh vertical element is because brass tubing isnt as flexable as coper wire is and it will hold up better in the wind and because it is brass you can still colder to it. DO NOT use aluminum or steel, you cant solder to those metals. use a small brass tube if you go that way and you can use a brass brazing rod to extend the tube for the low bands. Once you have teh antenna built and you are using it you can feel good that you manufactured your own antenna that is comparable to commercially produced antennas I have only purchased 3 fixed station antennas in my life, the rest were built from scrap TV antennas or various metal tubes and such. I only buy mobile antennas because I don't have a machine shop to make a mobile antenna that will hold up to daily driving

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