|[AMRadio] RG8X and the Bazookie|
w5jo at brightok.net
Fri Dec 8 16:58:34 EST 2006
Hummmm! some one rather than me saw the same performance of
the bazooka. Years ago I removed a dipole and used RG 58 to
make one. It lasted about 2 rainstorms before it wasn't
Rick, read the theory on this type of antenna before you use
a bunch of coax that will then only be good for jumpers.
Insulated wire will be lower noise than bare and bandwidth
is only about 3% of frequency on any good antenna. The
Dallas area is prone to ice so the weight will be monstrous
not counting the wind load.
The joy of being a ham with many frequencies to tune. You
will never have an antenna that is right on frequency all
> Use one on 160 and one on 75 years ago. Claims of less
> noise and greatly
> improved bandwidth were bogus over the same type of single
> configuration. On the plus side, great wind catcher so you
> need strong
> supports especially if used in a dipole configuration.
> Also, if your area
> is prone to ice storms, larger surface area of antenna is
> a great
> collector. You'll need strong rope. Bandwidth improvement
> was minuscule
> over a dipole. It think Wallt Maxwell had some articles
> about this
> antenna years ago, "fact and fiction". Lots of info on the
> web. If you
> get water inside the coax and it then migrates, it will
> drive your SWR
> readings all over the place. After several ice storms, I
> finally gathered
> the antennas up and threw them in the trash can. Wire
> works just as well.
> Pete, wa2cwa
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