Aaaaaannd, we’re back! At the end just two extra radiators.
So, the reason why my previous setup broke was because we tend to have a lot of wind in the afternoon here. I live in a valley and many times the wind takes the valley as a tunnel through which it wants to multiply its wind force. So first the plexiglass supports broke and at the end the wires gave up as well. So i had to find something sturdier.
What i came up with is to make the supports from PVC pipe. This is what i did:
At the DIY store I bought 4m PVC pipe 20x2mm which I cut up in 25cm long pieces. These supports are 12-14cm wider than the ones i had before, just to avoid interaction between the wires. So the idea is to somehow mount these supports to the antenna and guide the extra wires for 10 and 20m through them. At the end of the spacer i drilled a hole to guide the wire through. But how am i going to mount the spacers to the antenna?
At the end of the spacer i cut out a “half moon” to prevent the spacer to turn and to make sure that the hole i drilled in the end is always aligned with the antenna, so the wires are guided properly.
To mount the spacers to the antenna i just drilled another hole, a bit bigger (5mm), i used a tie-wrap to fix the spacer to the antenna. I can assure you, this won’t move. Here’s another detail on how i did this. The tie-wraps on the wire is to prevent the wire from moving through the spacer and from the spacer to bend downwards and fold in case there is a lot of wind. Yes, it can be windy here.
This is what SWR looks like right now. Pretty cool, eh? 😉
Here’s the antenna in its final location. Let’s see how long this setup lasts this time.