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Wire antenna building supplies

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by Highlander_821, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Highlander_821

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    I should have posted this in the Amateur Antennas forum.


     

  2. KD2GOE

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    What are you talking about?
    Well it may have been 250' role but it was $50 so i guess that brakes your bank?
     
  3. w9cll

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    No what I talking about is sometime people think they need to go to a specialty shop to get what that need when Home Depot/Menards/Lowes will do just fine. 250' for $50 is still steep and can be found for less if you search.
     
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    Who cares what shop thats what i have near me thats what i used
    Ok i looked up what i paid
    It was a 34.99 for a 500' spool of black wire and a tube on 1/2 pvc pipe was $6.48..
     
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    Whatever! My reply was not totally directed at you! I was merely pointing out to others who maybe thinking about building an antenna. You don't specialty places.

    Relax Matt
     
  6. HomerBB

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    Currently the price of 250' of #14 stranded wire is $47, and the solid roll is $43. It can be bought by the foot at $0.35 at Home Depot.
    As said, PVC is available for insulators for less than $2 for a 10' stick.
    If you can get beyond a small bit of SWR, and not need to put a lot of watts on the wire, even 75 Ohm RG6 coax can be purchased cheaply from Home Depot and similar stores. A 30' to 40' extending mast can be made from electrical conduit at about $50, a fraction of the cost from online sources. Although it isn't dacron, poly/nylon rope for guying can be sourced from THD and similar stores.
    For more or less than $100 an entire antenna system can be acquired from your local home improvement retailer.
    Start with those parts of the setup you can and work it out as you go.
     
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    I can't remember who posted the link a while back, but I bought a 500' spool of 12 gauge for 34.99, and I think free shipping. This was an Amazon seller... I am away from home and don't have my laptop. There are deals out there, for sure.

    I was going to buy a custom random wire online with built in insulator, 14 ga wire, and pretty stealthy. Wire was 24.99, and 16 bucks to ship! :LOL: It pays to shop.

    73,
    Brett
     

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