Posts Tagged ‘TAK-tenna’

Lets talk about the “TAK-tenna” for a bit

November 24, 2008

First of all you should visit their website  so you have an idea on what I am going to be talking about… and then you hopefully come back here so you can see what I am talking about…

The TAK-Tenna is a limited space, kind of stealthy antenna designed for those of us who are unable to string out the correct amount of wire in the way we would like to…

Right from the get go…  This is not a power antenna… nor do they claim it…  It appears to be an antenna that you can put up in a limited space…  It also does not look like anything I have seen in the past so you can always answer the question (when your neighbors/landlord finally see (find) it) with its a home made satellite antenna for the new HD Television…  Now if that does not confuse them fully I don’t know what will…

When you open the TAK-Tenna box you gasp a bit and take a small step backwards because that pile of parts you see in the box (a bit larger than a extra large pizza box) look nothing like the antenna in the picture on their website…  Once you have gotten over the shock… You can suddenly see where the parts seem to fit in and then you can start building the antenna.

I recomment you keep a picture of the antenna (from their website) with the directions and that way you can always keep it in your mind how it supposed to look when you finish…

This is one antenna that you do not need to be an engineer or a rocket scientist to build.  (Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact I am neither)  I was able to build this antenna mostly following their instructions in approximately one hour.  I should specify that this does not include tuning the antenna but just the construction…  I found the instructions easy to follow and the few diagrams they provided with the instruction manual made things even easier… 

I say “mostly following ” their instructions as I plan to use this antenna in conjunction with my Yaesu FT 897 and my Yaesu FC 40 Tuner.  As you should know by now is that the FC-40 is a coupler style tuner so I did not want to trim any of the lengths of wire incase it did not work as I was hoping.  So version one of this build will be done with no trimming or tuning…  Lets see if the coupler will give me 10m to 80m with a bit of ladder line between the “binding posts” on the coupler and the TAK-tenna.  If it works… fantastic… If it does not work then version two will have me measuring, and using using the antenna analyzer to assist with the tuning…  If version one does not work then follow the instructions for version two…

Ottawa is expecting some nasty weather (SNOW) over the next few days so I’m not sure when I will get the chance to get it up on the 10 foot mast and test things out… 

When I do…  I’ll let you know how things work out… (But at least I got it built)

73bob

Sunday was a radio day…

November 24, 2008

After having limited luck with the Ontario Swap Shop on 40m I jumped over to 20m and was able to check in with the Trans Canada Net on 14.140.  I left the dial there while building my TAK-Tenna portable antenna.

I heard several VE4’s and VE7’s while the construction project was ongoing.  After the net closed I headed over to ONTARS and listened on 3.755 for a while.

I then went outside and took down the dual band beam I had used for the last balloon flight as I will need the masting for the Tak-tenna project…

Well the TAK-Tenna is now built and so far so good…  The next step is to get it outside on the newly freed up mast and see if my FC-40 Auto-Coupler will tune it up.  The tuner has been giving me great results with the longwire and I hope it likes the Tak-Tenna as well…

After taking a close look at the TAK-Tenna I think it should work out fine.  Its just a shortened dipole being fed with twinlead and that just about what my 88 foot doublet is and that works great… Now to be fair to the good people at TAK-Tenna I did not exactly follow all their instructions with this one…  Amateur Radio is an experimentation hobby so I took the basic idea and changed it slightly from their directions…  If it works…great and if it does not then I take it down and rebuilt it to specs… and try again…

If the weather permits I hope to have the testing done before the weekend… I guess I should also say if the band conditons permits as well….

More on this later

73bob

Its antenna weather…

November 18, 2008

Late fall…

After the leaves have fallen off the trees but before the snow falls in Eastern Ontario….

ANTENNA WEATHER…

Its a heck of a lot easer to get the old weighted line over the branches and back to earth to hoist up that new dipole when the leaves are off the trees…  Its easier to manuveur the masting in betweeen the tree branches when you try to put up your vhf antennas…  And once you get the antenna work finished…  You can just sit in your warm shack for the rest of the winter and play radio….

For my part I am hoping to build the TAK-tenna which I bought last month and hopefully get it up on a 25 foot mast which will get it just above roof height and see how it works…  Hopefully it will replace the long wire on 10 to 80m with the use of an autotuner…

What are your radio plans before the snow arrives or before the snow starts to pile up against your towers?

73bob

TAK-tenna update

November 7, 2008

Well on Thursday (yesterday) I met up with Don VA3GFD after he notified me that the toy that we both had ordered had arrived…

The TAK-tenna is now in my house sitting in its packaging and I hope to get it built and installed over the weekend so I can do some testing….

More on this after the assembly…

73bob

Not much planned for the weekend & TAKtenna

October 24, 2008

This weekend will be a bit of  a “letdown” as far as amateur radio goes… 

 Liz and I have made plans for Saturday with a road trip up to the Seaway Valley.  We have to check something at the trailer before it is moved for the winter and after that she would like to drive Highway 2 West to at least Kingston just to look at a couple of potential new sites for the trailer come the spring time.  I will have the 857 in the truck… so will be monitoring on vhf and hf.  Not sure of the exact timetable for the trip or what frequencies we will be on as well.  Most likely HF will be 80m around the ONTARS Net and for VHF the local fm repeaters along the route.

Sunday I have made some non-radio plans and will be busy for the day but you might hear me on the 3730 net as I will be back home after 7pm.

An email from Don VA3GFD informs me that the TAKtenna we have ordered for each of us has been shipped by US Post as of Thursday.  I have never had anything shipped by US Post before but I believe they only take it to the border then leave it in the hands of Canada Post I am not expecting overnight delivery…  More on this new antenna once we get them assembled and tested…  I am thinking of a field test after November 1st.  I seem to remember looking at the map and seeing a Island just out side of Ottawa that is not on the CISA List.  Perhaps a New Activation would be a good test…  More on this after I get posession of the new toy…

Thats it for now

73bob

Trying some new things soon…

October 21, 2008

Today there were some new things happening in the VA3QV Shack…  As previously mentioned I got my notice from Barrie VE3BSB that the LASA Group had announced the next flight of the Amateur Balloon Experiments.  For the first flight I was the COMMS Operator for one of the Chase Vehicles and for the Second Flight I was the Eastern Area Recovery Control Station…  Still waiting to hear what I will be doing this time….

I also joined a new Yahoo Group today called “Live Wireand if you follow the link you will see from the description that I probally fit right in…  Just replace the term “Yankee Ingenuity”  with the term “Canuck Ingenuity”  and I think we will get along just fine….  Their moderator has welcomed me into the group and I made my first posting….  Now lets have some fun and play some radio….

On the topic of new things…. After a short 2m FM conversations with Don VA3GFD we have decided to purchase a couple of the TAK-tennas.  If you follow the link to their website you will see what sort of antennas they are.  It looks interesting and I am always looking for a good portable antenna…  The price seems good on this one so lets give it a try…  Don ordered them today via email and I will be happy to give you my opinions on this new style of antenna (even if you don’t want to hear them) once they arrive and we get them built.  The plan is to use it as a rotatable dipole with my light duty TV rotator just above roof height.  I am told the 40m version which is the one I asked Don to order for me will function with no major issues on 10-80m with my LDG Autotuner….  I plan to do some serious comparisons between the long wire and the TAK-tenna in the near future…

More info when I get some for you….

73bob


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