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Author Topic: PVC pipe antenna  (Read 1346 times)
KC9LKW
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« on: July 15, 2008, 01:26:44 PM »

I thought some where i read you can build a antenna out of PVC pipe. Can this be done, or am i remembering wrong? I do have a bad memory ( At 39 ), hate to think about my memory at 75.
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W3LK
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2008, 01:40:04 PM »

There are plans all over the place for antennas that use PVC as the _support_structure_.

Since PVC is non-conductive, you can't make an antenna out of just the PVC.

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Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2008, 04:23:26 PM »

I use PVC pipe a lot for antennas.  For example:

- as boom for VHF/UHF yagis

- as a support frame for VHF quads

- as a housing for various types of verticals

- for winding loading coils (though not always optimum)

But generally speaking it forms just the mechanical support
for the antenna, not the antenna itself.
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W5FYI
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2008, 06:35:13 PM »

You can wind a helical antenna on PVC for 80 and 160 meters or higher; or use PVC as a support structure (e.g. for quad antennas and yagis); and one guy recently reported making QSOs with a PVC pipe filled with salt water. What did you have in mind?
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WD6S
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2008, 03:18:11 PM »

15 years ago I got a plan for a 2M J-pole that used PVC pipe and two pieces of hardware cloth (the galvanized stuff with 1/4 inch mesh). It worked pretty well, but I cannot begin to remember where I found it, but I suspect it was in a magazine, probably QST. I used the grey electrical conduit rather than the irrigation pipe

Bob
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KC9LKW
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008, 10:43:18 AM »

Thanks for all the info, it was a help.
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