Need a general purpose antenna on “6 – the magic band” ?
The J-Pole is an easy-to-build and inexpensive device that provides an omni-directional vertically polarised antenna without the need for a ground plane. In technical terms, it is an end fed vertical 1/2 wave which is fed via a 1/4 wave matching stub.
If you need more info or dimensions for other frequencies, check out the web on J-Pole antennas.
This construction will take your 1-2 hours and it will cost you about $25.
cost breakdown below is for the material actually used, longer tubing lengths may be required that inflate the apparent cost.
1 x 6.1 metre length 19mmx1.5mm round aluminium tubing ($12.75)
1 x 1000mm length 16mmx1.2mm round aluminium tubing ($1.50)
1 x 200mm length 38x25mm rectangular aluminium tube (x 1.0mm wall) ($1.80)
4 x 12-23mm stainless steel worm-style hose clamps ($1.50 each)
2 x 16mm (tubing size) plastic chair tips ($0.70 each)
16 x aluminium pop rivets
50 ohm coax cable, eg RG58A/U, minimum length 3-4 metres
200mm x 32mm white outdoor conduit
Nylon cable ties etc…