made a dipole today

Status
Not open for further replies.

psdavidson

Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2014
Messages
41
Location
Fairmont ,WV
I work out of town a lot so i built this dipole antenna today. I have it in our crew house now and i didnt bolt it together so i can take it apart to transport it for long hotel stays. Im hitting sheriff dispatch 20 miles away over two mountains while indoors. I'm sure there has to be a repeater somewhere in there.
the rubber ducky antenna wouldn't even get static.
 

Attachments

AronDouglas

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
366
Location
Southeast Georiga
Looks nice, I love how simple these things are and how affective they can be.

I've seen people connect the balun on the copper and on the CPVC "T" fitting (through the CPVC into the copper). Some say that having the connections too far apart is bad, and others say it doesn't matter. It seams to be working for you just fine though.

I'm going to make one out of 3/4" copper and one out of 1/2" copper and see what does what. I've got all the supplies on hand, now I need the time.
 

psdavidson

Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2014
Messages
41
Location
Fairmont ,WV
Looks nice, I love how simple these things are and how affective they can be.

I've seen people connect the balun on the copper and on the CPVC "T" fitting (through the CPVC into the copper). Some say that having the connections too far apart is bad, and others say it doesn't matter. It seams to be working for you just fine though.

I'm going to make one out of 3/4" copper and one out of 1/2" copper and see what does what. I've got all the supplies on hand, now I need the time.
if you dont mind report back. I may try the 1/2 also.
I thought about doing it through the plastic but its easier to take apart this way. the one I'm going to make for the house i think i will do it that way, since it will be mounted on the roof
 

Bubba1661

WV DB Admin
Database Admin
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
881
Location
Charleston W.V.
Dipole Antenna

I work out of town a lot so i built this dipole antenna today. I have it in our crew house now and i didnt bolt it together so i can take it apart to transport it for long hotel stays. Im hitting sheriff dispatch 20 miles away over two mountains while indoors. I'm sure there has to be a repeater somewhere in there.
the rubber ducky antenna wouldn't even get static.
Man Pat, Your going to have to walk me through to build one. Looks real good!
 

dmg1969

Member
Joined
May 19, 2006
Messages
1,094
Location
Newport, PA

psdavidson

Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2014
Messages
41
Location
Fairmont ,WV
Nice job, psdavidson! I made one a while ago and had it in my attic. I was very happy with the results. I have since unhooked it in favor of a Hustler MOR I mounted in the attic. I'm actually considering hooking it back up and running another length of coax so I can have two scanners running simultaneously. Here's a link to my build. http://forums.radioreference.com/build-your-own-antenna/259567-my-homemade-off-center-dipole-antenna.html
thats a very nice write up. :)
 

LIScanner101

Completely Banned for the Greater Good
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Feb 12, 2013
Messages
1,427
Location
Hicksville, Long Island, NY
This is cool stuff!!

When I make my wire OCFD I will try it in my hotel room the week of 1/27. I'll be in LA on Monday, and the San Fran/Bay Area on Tuesday and Wednesday, flying home Thursday. It will get a good workout in the late afternoon and evening hours as I work on reports while scanning away ;)

If it rivals the reception I now get with my "packable" A/S MON-52 I'll leave the latter at home from now on - even though it fits in my suitcase every once in a while I get a little flak from the TSA about it.
 

LIScanner101

Completely Banned for the Greater Good
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Feb 12, 2013
Messages
1,427
Location
Hicksville, Long Island, NY
Nice job, psdavidson! I made one a while ago and had it in my attic. I was very happy with the results. I have since unhooked it in favor of a Hustler MOR I mounted in the attic. I'm actually considering hooking it back up and running another length of coax so I can have two scanners running simultaneously. Here's a link to my build. http://forums.radioreference.com/build-your-own-antenna/259567-my-homemade-off-center-dipole-antenna.html

Dave,

Very nice thread on the OCFD! May I ask if you are now getting better VHF low reception with the Hustler MOR in your attic than you were with the OCFD?
 

dmg1969

Member
Joined
May 19, 2006
Messages
1,094
Location
Newport, PA
Thanks, LIScanner101. Not really. I think no matter what antenna I use, my problems are terrain based. I'm not going to extremes to solve them because the county is in the beginning stages of planning a new system.

Dave,

Very nice thread on the OCFD! May I ask if you are now getting better VHF low reception with the Hustler MOR in your attic than you were with the OCFD?
 

hertzian

Member
Joined
May 28, 2009
Messages
2,605
Nice looking ocfd you made there.

However, lose that copper support pipe, and use a short piece of pvc instead. The twinlead that is coming out of the transformer should not be close to metal.

If you can, run the feedline out horizontally even more.
 

ajcscan

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Sep 24, 2010
Messages
42
Location
Wadsworth, Ohio
Hey guys! Someone posted some pictures of a homemade antenna with box connector that connects directly to the scanner itself and posted pictures and a brief explanation of how to build it? I have desperately been looking for that thread and have been unable to find it? Can anyone help please? I would greatly appreciate it!

Sent from my Note 2 on Tapatalk
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top