“This is a picture of my EH ‘STAR’ antenna for 80 meters. It has two cylinders made from aluminum flashing 30 1/2” long, wrapped around 2” (2.375”) PVC pipe. Below the cylinders are two coils for matching and developing the EH field. There is a phasing coil between the cylinder. This antenna is described in the Demonstration #5 from Ted Hart.
Building the antenna is very easy and inexpensive. It has outperformed my other antennas (dipole made from two mobile whip antennas up 20 feet and a vertical w/o radials). The first test was when I checked into the weekly ARES Net (Statewide ARES Ne for South Texas), usually have to check in from an alternate net control due to a weak signal. The first night net control heard me the first time without any repeats. I next checked into the Southwest Traffic Net with the net control in Hot Springs Arkansas without any trouble. For a limited space antenna it appears to be doing a good job.
Using the instructions in the Demonstration documents, tune the antenna. After the antenna is tuned, the source coil should be wound on the pipe and tuned per instructions
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