Building a Dipole Antenna Center Insulator

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This is post 2420 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas.

Thanks to Michael Martens (KB9VBR) for this handy gadget which will support the center of your HF dipole through all kinds of weather. 

Although commercially-made center dipole supports are available, you can build your own out of locally available materials for about $12 US.

Here are some comments about the project, including estimated costs and a list of required materials.

The dipole is a common antenna for the amateur radio operator; and with good reason- dipoles are easy to build and are proven performers. Recently I wanted to build a dipole but didn't have a center insulator. Instead of paying $25-45 and waiting days for delivery‚ I decided to build my own for about $12 using common parts (with the exception of the SO-239) and tools available at your local home improvement store. Parts List: 1 - ¾ x ¾ x 1 inch PVC Tee connector 2 - ¾ inch PVC plugs 1 - 1 inch PVC plug 3 - 3/16 x 1 ½ inch eye bolts 3 - Number 10 washers 3 - 10 x 24 nylon lock nuts SO-239 bulkhead connector. Order: Rosin core solder and flux 14ga stranded insulated wire 20/40m Linked Dipole Antenna Project: Support Ham Radio Q&A by shopping at Amazon: Read my blog: Colophon: Camera Lens Wireless Microphone: Microphone: Music by license: #dipole #Antenna #HamRadio
Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).


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