6 Meter EDZ Signal Squirter. Post #1402.

6 Meter Signal Squirter

Reporter:  N4UJW.

Accessed on 14 Februrary 2018, 0400 UTC.

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Here's a quick, easy, inexpensive 6 meter Extended Double Zepp antenna that will add approximately 3dB to your signal from its broadside bi-directional pattern when installed about a half wavelength above ground.

Most of the materials for this  "super dipole" antenna can be found at the nearest building supply or hardware store in your area. N4UJW recommends #14 AWG stranded copper wire for the antenna elements and a balanced feedline, such as 300 ohm television twin lead, 450 ohm ladder line, and even regular lamp cord.  A balance antenna "tuner" or a tuner/balun combination will be need to connect the EDZ to your 6 meter transceiver.

N4UJW offers this drawing and suggestions to make your antenna perform as it was designed:

"Below is a "crude" drawing of the antenna design....the pattern will be looking at you and away from you as with any standard dipole."

"You should end up with the approximate lengths shown in the picture drawing..."

"Solder the connections at the center insulator and seal well with electrical tape and some kind of sealer appropriate for outdoor use. (you want to make the connections water tight if possible)."

"Attach the ends of the downlead to the "balanced" terminals of your tuner,
fire up your 6 meter rig on 50.200mhz AM, using just enough power to check swr per normal procedures and trim antenna as needed for lowest swr as with any antenna project."
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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).


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