My new project;
A dish antenna.
I am QRV on all bands from 1.8 MHz to 1.3 GHz, but only on 144 MHz I
am able to hear my own
echoes from the moon. This should be corrected.
After working more than 500 initials on 144 MHz, I thought I had to
find a new challenge.
I have started a slow process assembling and a erecting a dish
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Below is a picture of the dish, used as a TVRO antenna many years
3.2 m dish under construction.
I have to put the dish some where, so I started to dig a small hole.
Maybe this is the right place, there is already electricity!
After I had started to mount the dish, I thought it was too small.
The TVRO dish has been sold.
This looks better;
This dish is 8 m in diameter.
The dish was collected at OZ6OL, Hans, last summer. Hans thought it
was too large
for his interest in frequencies above 3.4 GHz, where he already is
using a 5 m dish.
The dish was built by OZ9AAR.
I made a first attempt to verify its shape;
It looks pretty much like a parabola.
I have finally made some progress, the dish tower is now on its
rail, for rotation, the hydraulics for elevation works.
Below is a closer look at the base of the rotating tower in
I started mounting the 24 ribs to the hub, I will try to get them
SM4IVE, and his wife Karin stopped by today. Lasse helped me put
the ribs on the hub at the speed of light. I now have to adjust them
so the focus is good, which will be a slower process for me, I want
it as good as possible.
After that Lasse left, this is my garden situation.
SM4IVE is here again and helping me adjusting the dish, doing
that without help showed to be impossible.
Me turning the lower screws.
We are completing with mounting the concentric rings.
I thought I should extend the dish diameter somewhat.
Two slices of mesh is mounted, I am now figuring how to avoid
the mesh surface undulations that we see. A birds view below.
I have decided to use pop rivets in addition to cable ties for
attaching the mesh to the parabola structure.
I have to find methods that I can handle myself. Below is shown how
I stretch the mesh with the help of two buckets of water.
The rake is part of an old Wimo 23 cm yagi.
I have also decided to solder the joints between mesh slices, the
idea is from G3LTF. It is very time consuming!
We test out the new axle on the gearbox, SM7EKU is happy as the axle
with key fits exactly.
Prototype testing of the rotation.
Movie of the rotation, run at full speed
Today we had some socializing, resting from work.
Other VHF:ers; SA7CJO, SM7WSJ, SM7FWZ, SM7SJR and SM7THS.
Today I finished hand mixing concrete.
To be continued.
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