Antenna Project – Recycle an old aluminium VHF TV antenna and build a hand-held 2m yagi for 144.2 MHz

This 2m yagi antenna is light on the back-pocket and relatively easy to construct. This project starts with an old VHF TV antenna purchased from a local ‘Green’ recycle depot for $5.00 AUD. The repurposed TV antenna was a Phased Array comprised of two aluminium booms and four elements or eight 1/4 wave elements. Each…

Construction of a 23cm 1296 MHz Bi-Quad Antenna

I’m enjoying the challenge of 23cm 1296 MHz homebrew antenna construction for SOTA purposes.  My 23cm portable antenna collection includes: 12el DL6WU Yagi 12dB gain – lightweight boom construction using a folded dipole; 6el DL6WU Yagi 9 dB gain – ruggedised all brass construction gamma matched, ideal for the Australian scrub bash; and 2el HB9CV…

23cm yagi gamma match

Solid Brass 6el 23cm Yagi antenna for SOTA

VK1AD 23cm (1.296 GHz) 6el Yagi – Construction of a rugged solid brass DL6WU yagi ready for the SOTA backpack! My collection of 23cm SOTA antennas includes two DL6WU homebrew folded dipole yagis, 6 and 12 elements.  While both antennas offer excellent gain, their lightweight design means they are limited to summits with limited scrub bashing,…