Build your own roll up Slim Jim Antenna for the 2 meter ham band.


If you need a simple, effective, inexpensive 2 meter portable antenna for home or field use, then this roll up Slim Jim Antenna from Mike (K8MRD) will be a welcome addition to your emergency "go-kit."

Mike takes you step-by-step through the design, construction, testing, and use of this valuable VHF antenna.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Here are some comments from Mike (K8MRD):

This is a really easy, fun antenna to build. If you are new to Amateur Radio, or just want an easy to deploy 2 Meter antenna for out in the field, this is a great project. Here is the link to the antenna calculator I used. Be sure to scroll down a bit to see the diagram of the 70 MHz Slim Jim constructed with 450 Ohm Balanced Feeder. The build is the same, we're just changing lengths to make it for 146 MHz. I also changed the velocity factor to .9 Follow me on Twitter.   / k8mrd   Here's a bunch of links to stuff I use. Yaesu FT-891: Xiegu X5105: Xiegu G90: Bioenno BLF-1203W: Bioenno BLF-1203AB: Bioenno BLF-1206A: Bioenno 20AH LiFePO4 Battery: Bioenno 12AH LiFePO4 Battery: Bioenno Charge Controller: Battery Charger: Rich Solar 100 Watt Panel: Carhartt Lunch Box: Shakespear 20' Wonderpole: Powerwerx Power Pole Crimping Tool: Powerwerx Power Pole Distribution Block: Powerwerx Volt Meter: Ailunce HD1: Baofeng UV-5R: Tactical Backpack Condor Rip EMT Pouch: iPad mini Bluetooth Keyboard: Red Rock Outdoors Sling Pack: Portable Operating for Amateur Radio Kindle: Portable Operating for Amateur Radio paperback: I may make a small commission on purchases made through the links above. Be sure and subscribe to these great channels: Ham Radio 2.0:    / hamradio20   Ham Radio Crash Course:    / hoshnasi   KG6HQD:    / @kg6hqdjerrysota   N0SSC:    / n0ssc   K6UDA Radio:    / k6uda   K8MRD Radio Stuff:    / k8mrdradiostuff   Signal Search:    / channel   Ham Radio Now:    / hamradionow   Kyle - AA0Z:    / kyleaa0z   SevenForty1:    / sevenforty1   100 Watts and a Wire Podcast: DX Commander:    / m0mcx   W6RIP Radio Adventures:    / 11dayscrape   The Smokin Ape:    / thesmokinape   Goodgame Ham Radio, Bees, and Outdoors:    / goodgamehamradiobeesoutdoors   Temporarily Offline:    / temporarilyoffline   #hamradio #pota #parksontheair


Cutting Ladder Line

Soldering Wires

Feed Point

Preparing the pigtail

Soldering the pigtail

Drilling a hole for strain relief

Cutting out the shield

Ham Radio Tube


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