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Offline Lunar 1

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How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« on: May 22, 2016, 11:35:57 AM »
I have a di-pole antenna sized for 125MHz on a pole about 25ft off the ground.
Receiving into Central England / Nth Sea  and can hear London faintly when conditions are right..
Meath location not very high ASL.
Works well on UHF airband too..
Anyone like to share their Airband Antenna performance?

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Re: How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 14:23:48 PM »
You have a prime location, N. Cork not great, got home made dipole also, but Check. Flying in Ireland online for local fly in's, should be some activity over summer months.

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Re: How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2016, 21:03:22 PM »
i have been making j pole antennas recently and i've often thought about how they might perform on the airband.

any interest in taking one to try against your existing antenna
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Re: How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2016, 20:50:00 PM »
How much do you charge for making these cut for the air band ?
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Re: How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2016, 10:58:13 AM »
I'm in the West and I have a dipole cut for Shannon on 124.700 and it works brilliant far better than an air band  antenna that I purchased, I also have one for Marine cut for 156.800 which also works great, its nice to make your own antenna and find it works so well.

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Re: How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2016, 14:23:59 PM »
How much do you charge for making these cut for the air band ?

i generally don't charge for my antennas unless they use a shed load of aluminium or fixings ect.
i have two of these left at present but im going to make a few more and ill adjust one of them for the airband and let ye know when its ready.
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Re: How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2016, 14:29:57 PM »
I'm in the West and I have a dipole cut for Shannon on 124.700 and it works brilliant far better than an air band  antenna that I purchased, I also have one for Marine cut for 156.800 which also works great, its nice to make your own antenna and find it works so well.

i have made a few variations of dipoles and found them very easy to adjust and get resonant.
i tend to work to a formula of making them 3 x  1/4 wavelengths on each side.





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Re: How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2016, 00:24:38 AM »
Ah Thanks , I'm in lucan, close to Weston and Baldonnel and have no issues picking those up. having problems picking up Dublin airport.
I had better luck living in Templeogue getting all three.
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Re: How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2016, 13:43:30 PM »
My dipole made from old TV antennas and cut to Shannon 124.700, works great

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Re: How does your Airband Antenna perform?
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2016, 17:11:30 PM »
That's a nice tidy job, im allways on the look out for old antennas and bits to help make antennas like this.
I spend ages looking trough electrical catalogues in the job here trying to find stuff i can use to make aerials cheaply
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