1 Jun 2015

Coat hanger 70cm beam

Some years ago, I was in need of a 70cms antenna for portable use and had to improvise by raiding my XYL's wardrobe!  The result was a 2 el Moxon antenna made in about 30 minutes which worked some impressive QRP (2.5W) DX into France on 70cms. Gain is quite low but all you need is a wire coat hanger and a few bits for insulation and to attach the coax feed. Simplicity! It does not look pretty, but it works. The mast was made from a short length of PVC pipe.

See https://sites.google.com/site/g3xbmqrp3/antennas/70cm_moxon .


Photon said...

Very good! No matter how complex radio gets, there's nothing like showing you can do it with the simplest, cheapest stuff found around the house.

If we pushed more of this stuff in the likes of Radcom, instead of the £5000 rigs, we might attract more youngsters...

Roger G3XBM said...

It was fun, and simplicity is key!