Friday, February 13, 2015

Simple Moxon Antennas

20 Meter Moxon Antenna

  If you are looking for a simple Antenna to use with your Ham Radio in your Ham Shack you may want to build a simple Moxon Antenna for your desired Ham Band that you transmit on. There are many good websites and videos on youtube for building Moxon Antennas. There are Moxon Antenna Calculators on the internet that you can use to design a Moxon Antenna. The Moxon Antenna Project website is one of the best websites for Moxon Antennas and here is a link to it http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/links.htm . Here is a link to one of my other blogs on my 17 meter moxon antenna project http://thehamshackshop.blogspot.com/2015/02/homebrew-and-new-moxon-antennas.html .


6 Meter Moxon Antenna
  There are a few different designs you can try when home brewing a moxon ham antenna. I have found the typical rectangle design, vertical design and the multiband moxon antenna. I have found that quite a few ham radio operators use the crappie fishing poles. You can buy them in about 16 foot lengths and they are not very expensive. I found them at cabelas for about $9.99 at this link http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Classic-Crappie-Pole/738689.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dcrappie%2Brod%26x%3D0%26y%3D0%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=crappie+rod&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products . There are also 10 foot bamboo crappies poles that are a little less. If you had to extend the poles you could use some grey electrical pvc conduit in the design. The big question is usually in the center support for the antenna. I am using a heavy plastic cutting board, but I have seen people make a metal x support design. There even some designs that use an aluminum mast bar support. It all depends on your budget and your imagination.
10 Meter Moxon Antenna
  The other common parts you will need is the antenna wire, insulators, screws, bolts, washers, rubber silicon and coax cable connectors. Generally it is a fairly light antenna unless you are designing a moxon antenna for the 40 meter or 80 meter band. Then you may be involving some heavier weight and support becomes a serious issue. This is also a directional antenna and will require the use of a antenna rotor. Of course if you are going for a vertical moxon then you won't need a antenna rotor and your support requirements will change.
  If you do not want to homebrew your Moxon Antenna there are some for example from MFJ that can be bought at a reasonable cost. Here is a link to a company in the United Kingdom in England https://www.vortexantennas.co.uk/shop/category/dipole-antennas/moxon-antennas/ . Of course there are other dealers out there on the internet. You may find some through Ebay or the parts to homebrew your own moxon antenna. Just make sure to check out any reviews on the seller first. My advise for antenna wire is from DX Engineering, but you can find some through Amazon and Ebay.
  Thank You for reading from Dan KC2YTI 73s.

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