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Re: Quadrifilar Helices

>The Satellite Experimenters Handbook by Martin Davidoff K2UBC (1990 Pages
>8-15 & 16) and it's successor The Radio Amateur's Satellite Handbook (1998
>pages 10-13 to 10-15) both have details of this antenna, its use and its
>I recommend this book to all satellite experimenters and users, it may be
>nearly 10 years old but the principles and information contained therein
>have not changed.
>Robin Haighton VE3FRH
>Immediate Past President AMSAT

That's exactly where I started, Robin, on page 6-20 of the original edition.
But Maxwell's measurement produced a horrible 
VSWR.....I saw Marty later on at a convention, 
and I believe he said the same thing happened to him...

It took me 4 iterations to get the antenna flat 
with no matching device...I of course did it at 
435.  But those dimensions translated very 
successfully to 2M satellite, 2M repeaters, and 
believe it or not to 2.4 gigs....In front of a dish, of course!!!

I had seen other pictures of the antenna, and was 
very interested prior to Marty's excellent 
depiction of the construction details...

I used a combination of 435 and 2M versions fixed 
at about 45°, and rotated in AZ only and worked 
very well with strong signal birds...

Quadfilxxxxxxxxx has the dimensions for the 3, 
but the 2.4 gig computation is left as an exercise for those interested.


Nice to hear from you, Robin....R U active on any of the birds??

            73, Dave wb6llo@amsat.org
                    Disagree: I learn....

               Pulling for P3E... 

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