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post #46 of 68 (permalink) Old 2010-08-12, 07:07 PM
 
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It may not be possible to use that style of balun, because it's a dipole based on the width and length of the aperture, that type of balun may not be suitable
I did build a Yagi for CH 44 few month ago and I used this type of balun (on only one lying around and it did not work at all (didn't get any signal). Are you saying this balun is inferior/limited? Or is it only because of this antenna design?

If Marbles_00 did connect another (soft) wire hanging down a few inch and then connected to the same balun, would it be OK?

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post #47 of 68 (permalink) Old 2010-08-12, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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No, I don't think the balun is the problem, I think the screen wire remaining intact at the center point of the aperture only allows a 1/2" gap at the balun feed point and the design is supposed to have an open aperture 16" x 4" with a 4" feed gap. With that screen wire uncut at the center point of the aperture, the antenna actually has two 8" x 4" apertures, so the feed point/balun is located at the end of each aperture, resulting in a dead short of each of the two apertures. zero gain?

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post #48 of 68 (permalink) Old 2010-08-12, 11:07 PM
 
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Thanks OTA for the tips. Actually the screen wire is cut between the balun. There is a small plastic separator between the feed screws. But since I have never used this type of balun in any of my other antenna builds (except for my FM dipole), that was the first mod I did to this antenna. I bent the wires back and stretched a "wired" balun between the feed points.

Though as mentioned, my trusty M4 also didn't fare any better this day, so I had some other limiting factor involved, maybe cabling, or time of testing. Most of my testing from this location was done at night time (and different seasons). So I'm not counting out the antenna yet. I have to perform many more tests on it.

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post #49 of 68 (permalink) Old 2010-08-13, 12:37 AM
 
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So I did a retest now that the balun has been changed. Setup in the livingroom window I was able to pickup:
7-1 (though it pixilated sometimes)
11-1
15-1 (though it pixilated sometimes)

Also picked up a slew of analogs including a decent 11, and pretty good 13. Even though from this location, my house blocks the signals from TO, I was actually able to pickup a snowy, but watchable analog 9.

My true intentions are to have a shoot out between this antenna and the Stealth Hawk and see which one will get the nod for the VHF stations. Mainly post transition 9 and 11, but also after 13 and would like to try and pull in 12 out of Erie more reliably and an offshoot RF7. So I figured I'd aim this eventually at 12, with 9 on the backside. Everything else would hopefully be picked up from side lobes.

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Performed some further tests at the inlaws house. Picked up all the Hamilton stuff, and CBC English and French digital, and a slew of analogs.

So far this antenna is really performing well on the VHF analogs especially RF9, and RF13. RF9 was really clear. I don't recall ever getting it in so good as what I've been able to get with this antenna.

The inlaws testing location is out a couple of livingroom windows, about 10' above ground. Lot's of trees and brush all around to really give a testing antenna a good run for the money.

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As I had mentioned in the Stealth Hawk thread, I was playing with something new,... so here it is.

I only had a small piece of mesh left over to play with, so I got creative




I mounted this one 20ft above my shop [bonded] onto a 1 1/4" steel mast for testing.

This little guy works like a charm, front & back bi-directional.

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Errr...just when I'm getting something going, you come out with a 'nother cool concept that I will have to try....

Just joking, great job. Be neat to see that one modeled. Keep them coming

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Nice work ota_canuck
I just modeled it sir just flat screen if that cool with you i have to work on the 45 degree bend
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GS	0	0	0.0254		' All in in.
GE	0
EK
EX	0	137	3	0	1	0
GN	-1
FR	0	1	0	0	585	0
RP 0 46 91 1001 -90 0 4 2 0
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wildwillie,

I have a feeling it would have worked out better if I'd had a 28" screen. The side 45° bends are only structural, I don't believe those bends would make much difference in performance.

Hey,.. post an nec2 plot if you have one.

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I like the NEC patterns for VHF & UHF freqs. This version seems to work pretty good . I couldnt resist getting the cutters out and sticking her in the the j-mount on the tower.
I made it 28" tall , used 22" for the width but the outer 2" sides were bent in 45 deg. CM 7777 amp.
Vhf 12.1 and Fox66 was very strong , 24 just strong enough , 35 & 54 no show but I`m needing 7-9 db for UHF to be steady as this model is only 3-5. None the less very impressive range. I`ll leave it on the tower for awhile and see how it does over time .
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I have some leftover hardware cloth (I believe it's 1/2"x1/2" grid) from my M4 antenna experiments last summer.

I was wondering if someone would have some suggestions for how to make a slot antenna with this material, specifically for VHF-HI stations?
Possibly tuned for VHF 10?

I have a VHF10 station that is currently being received with an over sized 2-bay.
While it does work 'pretty well', I wonder if a hardware cloth VHF-HI antenna might serve me better.

The 2-bay seems awfully susceptible (2-3 seconds of pixelation/breakup) to vehicles driving in front of my house, even though the VHF10 station is 'behind' the house 20-ish miles.

I'd be curious to try a DIY yagi, but I'm concerned that my precision (or lack thereof) in construction skills might hinder its performance.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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What size is the piece of mesh you have to work with?

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What size is the piece of mesh you have to work with?
If I remember correctly, it's a 40"x36" piece.
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I can only give you my suggestions based on my own antenna trial experiences.

I would suggest using a piece vertical 20" wide x 32" high and then cut a vertical slot 2" wide x 20" long in the center of it. Install the balun wire connections at center or slightly below center of the slot's length. You can tune it down even further if needed by cutting more slot length [up to max 24" slot height] as required. You want to have at least 4" solid areas at the top and bottom though.

Note: The slot antenna will also pick up UHF, so you may need to filter out the UHF band to avoid interfering with other reception from your UHF antenna. Maybe some other members can recommend the type & use of a suitable filter.

Another question: Is 10 the RF[real] channel or is it the psip[virtual] channel?

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I have a cm7777 that I'm using, so I assume VHF & UHF are nicely separated?


Channel 10 is the real channel.
My TvFool report.

I'd love to get KMSP-DT FOX9, but at -8.4dB and 73.7 miles away, I'm sure that would require one heck of a tower and antenna setup.
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