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YARA Homebrew Projects 

YARA Members are avid home brewers. Below are a few projects: (click on small pictures)

But first a couple of links...
"How to..." Homebrew
Tube radios...Glow plugs
Youtube Homebrew Videos

VY1MT Michael, Straight Key

March 2018

Coax Switch

VY1GP George, Straight Key

February 2018 - The key is make from an aluminum can tab, and fastened to a Pixie 2. Made for the YARA Pixie 2 kit-building workshop.

Coax Switch    Coax Switch

VY1BG Geoff, 4 way coax switch

Nov 2017 - The switch was salvaged from a Fisher linear amp 1960 -- 1970 era

Coax Switch    Coax Switch    Coax Switch

VY1MK Mark, 2m and 70 cm

Oct 2016 - 2 X dual band and 3 VHF jpoles up. Single coax and loads up almost perfect on both 144/440

Flagpole Antenna    Flagpole Antenna

VY1GP George, Flag Pole Antenna

Oct 2016 - References: Youtube - Flag Pole Antenna Project, Force 12 flag pole antenna - check the RF charts and video.
Constructed of 2 10-foot alumiumn downspout, 1 piece of plastic downspout (Home Harware) and a few bits of coax, wire and screws. SGC tuner is at the base of the antenna for 80-10m.

Flagpole Antenna    Flagpole Antenna    Flagpole Antenna


Sept 2016 Mark built a new multi-band antenna for activation of National Parks on the Air (NOTA) at the Summit on the US/Can border. His antenna design comprised a home-brew buddipole and two wire dipoles.




VY1YU Yuuri, 2m J-pole

Homebrew 2m J-pole [buddi-pole components] (click on small pictures)

Tried to build a bottom-fed J-type antenna for 2m, using various buddipole elements, but the shortest elements are just a bit to long to get it to be resonant on the 2m band. So I designed my own pseudo-J antenna with a parasitic element that helps shift the feedpoint impedance to where I want it (near 50 Ohm resistive).

Three pictures show the mechanical structure and three show the results of a sweep: you can see that the SWR is pretty low across the whole of the 2m band. The three sweep images differ only in where I marked apparent antenna resonances (two of which fall inside the band).

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SWR Charts

VY1BG Geoff

Homebrew Solar Tracker (click on small pictures)
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VY1MK Mark

Homebrew tuner (click on small pictures)
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VY1MK Mark

Dummy load and antenna switch (click on small pictures)
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VY1MK Mark

Franken Antenna (click on small pictures)
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