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I have been reading these forums for awhile and I am so confused on which ant. to build.. I am thinking a hoverman but I dont know which one. Here is my TVfool


I have huge locally own farm and ranch store here and they have just about anything a person would need.. I know I want copper wire for the elements, but not sure what to use as rods.. Any help would be great..

I am assuming that the GH is the best choice.. If I am wrong, please tell me what would be the best for my locations..:)

Ok heres the deal.. I need to build antennas for myself and my parents... My dad just brought me roll of 100ft of 1/4 alum tubing that he picked up at the recycle part of the dump , so this my metal to work with.. I like the way unclesam did his elements by cutting them to length and then soldering.. I have a soldering torch and my dad has boxes full of all kinds of solder.. Ok so I need input on what ant. to build. It needs to be in the SBGH size range. I am the handyman( Handy woman) in this house and my hubby wouldnt like a DBGH hanging on the house Also whats the best size pvc to use for main post?
 

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Hi jayhawks, let us help you choose which antenna to build. Please post your town/state and also go to TVFool.com and enter your address into the form there to generate your own TVFool report, the post the link to your report here so that we can see it. With that info we can offer much more help. :)
 

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Sorry I am slow getting back on this... Ok heres the deal.. I need to build antennas for myself and my parents... My dad just brought me roll of 100ft of 1/4 alum tubing that he picked up at the recycle part of the dump :), so this my metal to work with.. I like the way unclesam did his elements by cutting them to length and then soldering.. I have a soldering torch and my dad has boxes full of all kinds of solder.. Ok so I need input on what ant. to build. It needs to be in the SBGH size range. I am the handyman( Handy woman) in this house and my hubby wouldnt like a DBGH hanging on the house :) Also whats the best size pvc to use for main post? Ok here are my TVfools
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http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id=8d1741fa272a26

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http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id=8d170a7fa919a7
 

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Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that unclesam used copper tubing (which is easy to solder or braze), not aluminum. I have seen video demonstrations of aluminum soldering rod, which looks impressively easy to use, but have never tried it.
 

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MikeInMke.. Welding or soldering aluminum will not be a problem.. My dad owned a metal fab shop for 55 yrs.. He said it wouldnt be a prob.. He liked the unclesam idea better than bending.. I imagine thats because it involved something to do with soldering (welding).. I think he misses his work since retiring.
 

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Last week I threw together a SBGH with elements only just to test things out.. I can hit Ch 13 49 and 17. But they are only about 50%. As far as my parents go, I think I will just throw this tester up at their house. The goal for them, is for them to have access to TV when the storms knock out their dish.. So they really dont need a lot of chs ;) So I guess I should be asking what I can do to improve my chs at my house.. I just want to make sure that I am making the right ant.. for my needs before I get down to making a more detailed version...
 

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MikeInMke.. Welding or soldering aluminum will not be a problem.. My dad owned a metal fab shop for 55 yrs.. He said it wouldnt be a prob..
I'd be interested in his solution to straightening out the roll of 1/4" aluminum tubing. (Is it really tube or solid ?)

Since its rolled, its probably the good pure aluminum thats not brittle.

With aluminum, you would want to use aluminum or galvanized/zinc plated hardware, for less galvanic corrosion.
 

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No I dont care about 12.1.. I am wanting 13 27 49 and 11. As far as straightening the tubing.. I will try to straighten it like I did the copper tubing that I used in my trial SBGH, but rolling it back and forth between 2 boards.. That worked amazing on the copper. Boy I really miss having access to all his machines.. Steel rolling machine, breaks, hole punch machine, shears, drill presses, band saws .. You get the idea :)
 

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Yes I am up to trying anything.. But are there some better drawings of it with more details on all the measurments :) I am wanting to get all my parts cut up and ready to go this weekend, then head to my parents next week to put it all together..
 

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you can take your measurements of the 3D model which can also be viewed in full screen.
all lines or line ends are selectable with the mouse and when selected you can see their
dimensions and position in the top line of the model (double click to clear the selection)

Use the buttons on the bottom of the model to:
zoom in and out, orient to left, top and front views...

use the mouse to pan or rotate( click on the rotate button to switch)
 

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I prefer MM.. But I am getting confused when I hoover over stuff. Like the first green line.... When I hover over the first green bar on the center dot I get a series of #s .. What do those #s mean??
 
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