This is my first attempt at making a home brew one element quad. It worked okay going with 102 inches on each leg of the dipole. I worked quite a few stations to the south-east, mostly the Carolinas. Really is nice to have with a vertical so you can get rid of some static. It also helps you work dx long after the others have went to bed. Got some good signal reports for being at only 18 feet off my back deck. I would have to say my home brew dipole at 30 feet or so using rg8x gave greater signal reports. Its kind of interesting at times using either one getting S 10 and 15 reports while they are only giving you a few S units and or your barely picking them up using a IMAX 2000 at 40 plus feet.
It was kind of strange how I ended up finding out that this antenna actually transmits its strongest signals on the side of it. Perhaps I did not use enough wire for the outside.
I next went on to make it 108 inches on each leg and added a rotor.
I now noticed it isnt giving greatest gain on edge of the cubicle quad now. It appears to be getting more static but this could be due to the rain we have been getting. I added a match section using about 9 feet of 75 ohm rg59u with the 1 to 1 Balun in line as well.
The swr seems to have come down well under the 1.7 I was getting with the previous attempt. I am using 14 gauge stranded wire btw. The used 50 dollar Gemini rotor appears to handle the load with no problems.
Over the last weekend using this antenna here near Chicago I was able to work my first Polish contact and Greenland again.
Great 5 by 7 and S 9 all weekend into Europe, including Scotland, U.K., Austria and Netherlands.
The last time I worked Greenland I was using another home brew of my own I call the Tomahawk Antenna, aka the Tiger Shark (still under top secret status)
The interesting part was that It has the gain of my full wave Bamby using only 3 mobile antennas. 2 5.5 foot fibreglass Francis sticks and one 90 inch Half Breed.
The rejection was about 1 db not as good as the full wave Bamby Quad.
Well there you have my last 3 months of antenna experimenting. Would love to here about yours.
Oh I forgot to mention the V mobile antenna that works really well.
( I worked Germany with it last week while driving into work one morning and have made several European contacts including the Caribbean and Division 3)
If you doubt how well any of these designs I have been using I have audio feeds of the contacts giving me 5 by 9 reports, sounding like a local, and my favourite from Owen in Jamaica. "Your like a Bull down here in Jamaica".
Here are some closing photos of what this Legendary DX hunter has been up to
I think this one we will call the "Buddy Basher Pole"
Best Regards, and good DX to you
Scott W A 1 Division 2 Great Lakes Region