I cut the phenolic sheet into 6 x 6 x 1/2" pieces for mounting 20, 15 and
10M elements to the boom. I do not use split driven elements, rather I
use T-matched driven elements; however, a piece of Type LE Phenolic rod
inserted into the two element halves would provide excellent strength,
then you could mount that assembly to the phenolic plate.
On Sat, 10 May 1997, Andrew Williamson wrote:
> What size do you cut this 12"X12" sheet into? 4 of 12"X3" or 4 of 8"X4"
> with a little 'waste'. I find it difficult to imagine a piece of
> plastic 3" wide by 1/2" thick is capable of holding a 20M split driven
> element. That has a big bending moment. Do you have a piece of
> fibreglass between the element halves to counter this force, or how do
> you mount the halves to this sheet?
> I'm just wondering because we will have to take the 20M yagi at GI0KOW
> down before CQ WPX CW (major SWR problems), and I have been wondering
> for some time how to improve the mounting method for the split driven
> element and this sounds ideal. At the moment we use a rather poor
> construction of PVC and aluminum piping over the driven element halves.
> Vy 73,
> Andrew Williamson GI0NWG / AC6WI
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