[TowerTalk] Enhanced OWA

Brian Beezley k6sti at att.net
Fri Apr 20 11:59:14 EDT 2018

> Is anywhere the information how the bent driver works?

I don't know how it works, Maximo.

I have been using bent elements to design antennas for the 88-108 FM 
broadcast band for about ten years. Bent elements can really benefit 
designs that must have good patterns over a 20% bandwidth. I got the 
idea from the original Moxon 2-element Yagi, the one that bends driven 
element and reflector tips at right angles toward each other. I figured 
the bends just increased the coupling between the two elements without 
decreasing the distance between their central high-current regions. So I 
  experimented with other coupling methods I thought might be easier to 
construct. A bent driven element is particularly easy since the element 
usually is already split in the middle and all you need to do is angle 
the mount on each side. Some builders preserve an existing mount with 
the element straight in the center and bend it a short distance out with 
a tubing bender. That seems not to degrade the benefit.




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