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ANTENTOP- 03- 2003, # 004

Short ‘Rubber Duck’ for VHF/UHF Hand - Held

 

Igor, UA6HJQ, ua6hjq@mail.ru

 

All portable hand – held radios have a short “rubber duck” antenna. Some of the rubber duck antennas are rather long and if it is not necessary to communicate on a far distance, the long antenna just hinders to use a hand- held. I decided to make a short rubber duck antenna that is convenient for daily usage and for short distance  communication.

 

Range 144 - 146 ĚĂö

 

... For Yaesu VX-1R and C - 508


I have made this antenna for VX-1R as it has a small RF-socket SMA. Antenna has length in 43-mm (together with RF-socket). Copper wire of diameter 0.6-mm (# 23 AWG) is coiled up a turn- to turn on a form of diameter of 8-mm. 25.5 turns were coiled. At thus the resonance of the antenna was at 145.3-MHz with SWR 1:1.  After winding and checks of the resonance, put on a shrink plastic tube on the antenna, and heat it.

 

For any stations having BNC socket

 

145 MHz ‘Rubber Duck’

 

 

 

Antenna has length in 69-mm (together with RF-socket). Copper wire of diameter 1.3-mm (# 16 AWG) is coiled up a turn- to turn  on a form of diameter of  10-mm. 22 turns were coiled. At thus the resonance of the antenna was at 145.3-MHz with SWR 1:1.  After winding and checks of the resonance, put on a shrink plastic tube on the antenna, and heat it.

 

Range 430 - 440 ĚĂö

 

The design of an antenna for a range of 433-MHz does not differ from the previous design, only it need to reduce the number of turns of the coil. Antenna has length in 42-mm (together with RF-socket). Copper wire of diameter 1.3-mm (# 16 AWG) is coiled up a turn- to turn on a form of diameter of 8.5-mm. 6 turns were coiled. At thus the resonance of the antenna was at 435.3-MHz with SWR 1.8:1.  After winding and checks of the resonance, put on a shrink plastic tube on the antenna, and heat it.

 

These designs were checked with hand-held radios VX-1R, C-568, FT-50 and C-508. At range of communication in city 1-2-kms the home- brew rubber duck almost do not lose to commercial – made ones.

73!

 

430 MHz ‘Rubber Duck’

 

 

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