At 09:25 AM 6/20/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Have always wanted to build a Minooka Special, most might know this
>antenna by the term "Battle Creek Special" which has been used
>successfully on many Dxpeditions.
>I'm interested if anyone has built a 40/80m version using a loading coil at
the top of the vertical?
Do you have a copy of the article? I can copy for you if you'd like.
I built one while I was in the Army stationed in Chambersburg PA. Worked
well with a marginal ground system. V-E-R-Y narrow operating window
One learning I had was to be careful of PVC pipe. It gets very hot with the
tight wound coil. W1FB even had one burn up on him while we were both at ARRL!
Biggest pblm with the design is hi-q, small bandwidth. There are other
designs that have greaterbandwidth and do just as well.....without having to
make a big coil.
Hope these thought help. 73 Craig
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