I made a simple 2-meter j-pole antenna out of copper pipe this weekend, to see if I could coax some range out of my poor little shitty borrowed Yaesu HT FT-23.
It cost me a grand total of $18 in parts, and took about 4 hours to build and tune. I bought the parts at the hardware store, and needed the following tools/materials in addition to what went into the antenna:
I know everyone who reads this forum has all this shit at home, but I'll mention it anyway.
Acid flux and brush
Hacksaw or Dremel
Copper pipe mounting clamps/straps
I followed the directions I found here
(NOTE: hey holy shit I didnt realize until just now that was an Alpha Rubicon URL)
and constructed this:
It tuned up with a 1.05 SWR (Fuck yeah!) which I'm going to file under "good enough for shit I made from scratch".
It's sitting in my garage, as high as I can get it. I figure this is the best compromise I can make, since I dont want to deal with an exterior antenna, and the garage roof is uninsulated and offers minimal resistance.
The math I did says that the tip of this antenna is at 615 feet above sea level, which shouldnt matter too much for 2m I guess, but its as tall as I can get it. Anyway, thats my antenna.
NOTE: 2m sucks when you live out in St. Charles. A HT wont cut it, get a mobile.
Double note: 1.05, bitches!!!! Thats better than the mobile antenna I bought yesterday
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