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Directional 11 meter for SSB to europe

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by mb91w126, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. mb91w126

    mb91w126 Active Member

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    any suggestions for a directional pointed at London??
    Sitting in a EW valley in Northern NJ. I have a pretty clear view east but south is a wall and north isn't remarkably better.



    Thanks!
     

  2. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Any directional antenna would work but remember propagation is going to control everything.
     
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  3. 357magnum

    357magnum Sr. Member

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    I have been thinking about using a wire I could use a little help with my east/west you can make one or purchase one they are between $8.95 an $34.95 on Ebay if you only want North to South this should work fine .(y)
     
  4. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Elmer

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    Are you handy at rolling your own antennas? How much you willing to spend?
     
  5. dx31353

    dx31353 Active Member

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    I roll my own...































    ...cigarettes. :D
     
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  6. Rick330man

    Rick330man WDX 404

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    Co-phase to achieve 3DB gain East-West

    (1) Take 2 antennas. 102" whips would be the easiest.

    (2) Place them so that: (a) one is 180 degrees opposite of the other - one being north and the other being south; and (b) they are 108" apart.

    (3) Run equal lengths of RG59 - one from each antenna - to a "T" plug or utilize a co-phasing harness. If doing the former, run standard 50 ohm coax from your radio to "T" connector.

    This simple co-phased array will give you 3db gain to the east and west. You'll have significantly less gain to the north and south, but that sounds like a limitation you were accepting anyways.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. M0GVZ

    M0GVZ Sr. Member

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    Build a Moxon Rectangle. 10dBi gain over average ground. Far easier than all that co-phasing bollocks.
     
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  8. GnG8d

    GnG8d Well-Known Member

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    A dipole would be simple to construct with stuff you probably have laying around, or for an additional 3dB or so, the Moxon is a neat little antenna that takes slightly more effort to build.
     
  9. wavrider

    wavrider W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Delta loop , quieter on receive and works great.
     
  10. dxbarefoot

    dxbarefoot W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    A horizontal dipole with the ends pointing NE & SW will give you a main lobe in an eastern direction.

    I generally don't bring the ends any closer than 90 degrees. Think of how a catchers mit is aimed when catching the ball...
     
  11. GnG8d

    GnG8d Well-Known Member

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    If he's wanting into Europe, he'd want to stretch a dipole NW-SE. I'm not sure what you mean about the catchers mitt.
     
  12. GnG8d

    GnG8d Well-Known Member

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    Delta loop
     
  13. Klondike Mike

    Klondike Mike Sr. Member

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    When conditions are "in" my location (w. Canada), I point my IMAX 2000 (@12ft.) and get multiple contacts into the UK.


     
  14. dxbarefoot

    dxbarefoot W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Thanks 359, a simgle typo will get you every time...Meant to say point the ends NE / SE (not SW) hence the catchers mit - figurtively speaking.
     
  15. GnG8d

    GnG8d Well-Known Member

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    I guess I'm still not following. If I point my antenna due east from Ohio, I'm pointing at S. Africa. If I want Europe, I point ~45* to the NE ....... is that what you mean?

    Are you laying an inverted "V" over on it's side and pointing that due east?
     

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