Antenna Project – Portable 70cm 7el DL6WU Yagi

Saturday 16 June 2018. The weather around Canberra is cold wet and windy as a deep low, 994 hPa passes over south-east Australia. Today’s top ambient temperature is 9 degrees C while the feels-like is a chilly 2 degrees C. Tomorrow’s forecast is for a chance of snow down to 800 m ASL. My QTH is at 620 m ASL, we may see snow flakes around Canberra suburbs.

Today, with some spare time on my hands and no desire to spend time outdoors, I decided to build a portable lightweight 70cm 432.2 MHz Yagi for hilltop activations. Method of construction is the same as my homebrew 2m 4el DL6WU yagi, predicted gain is 9.8 dB. Reflector and director elements are 3.18 mm aluminium rod. The driven element is 2.5 mm solid copper wire.

When hiking, all elements are safely stored inside the plastic boom. Secure one end-cap with glue and allow the opposite end end-cap to be removed by hand. I’m looking forward to testing the antenna when weather conditions improve. 🙂

DL6WU 7el 432.2 MHz Yagi.

Adjust element spacings to fine tune the resonant frequency while monitoring the antenna analyser for a low VSWR. Mark all element positions with a permanent marker. I used a hacksaw blade the mark the external surface of the plastic pipe.

VSWR Plot

RigExpert AA-600 VSWR plot

70cm Yagi Return Loss

Driven element feedpoint – BNC to Banana adapter secured with a cable tie.

Top down view – Antenna feedpoint and driven element

Antenna dimensions by VK5DJ yagi software

Dimensions by VK5DJ Yagi software

73 Andrew VK1AD

Published: 16 June 2018
Last Update: 17 June 2018 – Antenna Analyser AntScope data

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