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Has anyone built and or modeled any Hoverman using an aluminum boom and mounting the reflectors directly to it?I'd appreciate any comments on this construction method as I have several old tv antennas with 1" square booms and lots of usable elements and aluminum mounting clips.This would make a light weight and easy to construct antenna if it functioned correctly.
I've built a sbgh gapless using an aluminum reflector boom but the reflectors are electrically isolated from the boom. It seems to work ok but I don't have a pvc framed one to reference it to.
I've got 4nec2 but haven't been able to devote any time to learning it hence the questions here.
If I wanted to boost one particular channel's reception in the uhf portion would cutting 4 narods to 1/4 wave & putting them on the driven element help?
I'd like to build a dbgh gapless using this method if its viable. Anybody care to model it & post the drawing/specs for it?
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Without the gaps in the reflector, you lose gain.

I'd appreciate any comments on this construction method as I have several old tv antennas with 1" square booms and lots of usable elements and aluminum mounting clips.This would make a light weight and easy to construct antenna if it functioned correctly.
Mlord and others have built using an aluminum frame, but the gaps were insulated using plastic.
I would find some grey pvc gutter ferrules, theyre perfect for 3/8" tubing, and use those in your build.

Jed does have a gapless design here :
http://www.jedsoft.org/fun/antennas/dtv/gapless.html

If I wanted to boost one particular channel's reception in the uhf portion would cutting 4 narods to 1/4 wave & putting them on the driven element help?
Definately not, and would mess things up badly. NARODs are for VHF.
 

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Hi Mr. 300Ohm & thanks for responding.I guess I didn't express clearly what I have or what I'm trying to do.
I currently have a jed gapless sbgh with 1/4"dia. driven and 1/4"dia. reflector elements.The reflector elements pass through the 1" square aluminum boom and are insulated electrically with nylon shoulder washers.The elements are made with 1/4" diameter tubing,not rod as specificied in jed's design.The antenna is tilted up 10 deg. and feeds the antennacraft 202 preamp through a 1/4 wave balun cut for 500mc.This works better than ones cut for higher or the center freq.
What I'd like to do is build an antenna that is jed style gapless but with an aluminum boom with the reflectors connected directly to the boom.Yes I know that would change the design parameters and probably performance but with no skill with nec I was hoping someone could give feedback on this idea.
The whole idea behind this is an antenna thats lightweight , simple and cheap to build with no "special" parts to buy-junk antennas, some nuts&bolts,and driven element material.
So what do you think?
 

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The elements are made with 1/4" diameter tubing,not rod as specificied in jed's design.
Because of the surface effect, theres no difference in performance between tubing and solid rod, especially for reflectors or directors.

So, you want to see the difference in performance in JEDs gapless model if all the reflectors were connected directly to a 1" boom, with say a 4" overhang on each end ? Ill have to model that a little later.
 

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So, you want to see the difference in performance in JEDs gapless model if all the reflectors were connected directly to a 1" boom, with say a 4" overhang on each end ? Ill have to model that a little later.
That will work fine. There is very little difference in the gain and SWR graphs on the 7mm version that JED has posted here : http://www.jedsoft.org/fun/antennas/dtv/gapless.html

so I wont repost the graphs.

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CM hov15-hovzz3-RgaplessN12z2_D7mm_diffev_7mm7mm
CM 1 inch boom, connected to reflectors,  4 inch overhang added by 300 ohm
CM AGT = 1.0(0db) at 600mhz, auto-segmentation = 21, warnings about 1" boom too thick
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Thanks Mr. 300Ohm

Thank you Mr. 300Ohm for checking my idea on nec.I'm really surprised however that the parameters didn't change.
I really need to learn nec but every time I start on it wifey thinks I'm "playing" and asks me to look up the price of some shoes for her or something and gets huffy when I tell her I'm studying a technical program . Then I get "don't worry about me. I'll get someone else to do it." Gaaah.
Thanks again
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I'm really surprised however that the parameters didn't change.
The change was very very small, and actually on the good side. Impossible to notice the change in real life viewing.

Note:
Also leave the end points of the reflectors open. Connecting the end points, with 7mm wire, causes a sharp dip in gain from 500 - 520 mhz. So a mesh in that shape would also be problematic.
 
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