First, please excuse my artistic abilities. The diagrams are basic but show the rudiments of this excellent aerial, which is ideal for the newcomer to HF and those on a small budget as well as those with little space to erect large arrays!
Please note that my calculations are worked out using feet and inches because that’s what I grew up with! The reader who understands the Metric System should have no difficulty in converting to Centimetres and Millimetres but this article will use Feet and Inches.
Before outlining the construction, I would just add that when I was first licensed, I tried various aerials, verticals; inverted V’s, inverted L’s and wire dipoles. I finally gave this design a go. It was a brilliant success and I had a confirmed (QSL Card) contact with CE0ERY Hector on Easter Island on 30/04/1984 quickly followed by VK’s, ZL’s, and a string of exotic DX throughout the Indian and Pacific oceans.
YES using this same design I am about to explain to you in the following paragraphs!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
You will need some wire…I have always found that old or new house wiring cable is an excellent source of wire but will need to be stripped from the grey outer insulation. The red and black pair of wires needs to be further stripped from their coverings. If you don’t fancy this task, it will still work, BUT it’s better to use naked copper wire for best results.
Here’s how I strip wire in long lengths.
First I use side cutters and cut into the wire from the end, trying to keep close to the bare earth wire that is in the centre of the cable and which runs along the length.
Once I can get a grip on the end of this earth wire with a pair of long nose pliers, I twist a few turns around the nose of the pliers and gently pull. Soon there will be enough slack grey outer sleeve to allow it to be held in place with the feet standing on it firmly. I have also tied the end of the grey insulation (with red and black wires) to a door handle or vice handle.
Once the thin earth wire starts to strip it usually comes easily as long as a steady firm pressure is applied and sudden jerks are avoided. When the thin wire has been removed from the entire length, having acted like a cheese cutting wire, the red and black should peel out without any bother.