Building an Outdoor Antenna Mast by Paul, VE7ZWZ

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by W9GB, Jun 25, 2021.

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  1. W9GB

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    Paul Carlson, VE7ZWZ (Mr. Carlson’s Lab) has posted his newest YouTube video (Part 2),
    the Part 3 version will arrive in the future.
    Antenna Build, [Mounting Fabrication] Part 2 (June 25)
    Welding is a Required Skill Set, IF you desire to duplicate Paul’s design.

    High Performance Antenna Build, Part 1 (May 28)

    Mr. Carlson’s Lab (2014 introduction video)
  2. N8RKD

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  3. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Paul Carlson, VE7ZWZ (Mr. Carlson’s Lab) has posted his newest YouTube video on his
    Antenna Mast and Outdoor Antenna series. Earlier videos can be found on his YouTube page.

    Mr. Carlson’s 3-6-9 High-Performance Antenna!
    Paul indicated that this is a Short-Wave Receiving Antenna (SWL usage)
    for the various SW Receivers in his workshop (and on electronics bench).

    Last edited: Sep 14, 2021
  4. US7IGN

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    I think this guy pays too much attention to how something looks, not how it works ...
    But his contribution to the popularization of electronics and radio can hardly be overestimated.
  5. KI5OMM

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    He knows his stuff. He explains things accurately and simply without all of the bull and hype. I did like the idea about using copper coated mig welding wire for the antennas. I may have to look into that.
  6. US7IGN

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    This is exactly what he did. A lot of unnecessary, but bright shiny iron. Why didn't he show the dimensions of the elements? Where are the results of measurements at the feeding point? Scouts can talk about super characteristics. Any wire to the nearest tree will allow you to confidently receive broadcast stations. So far I can see half a fan dipole with one counterweight down an unknown length along metal mast. Maybe in the next video we will find out the secret of the super antenna)
    And the use of a flimsy cable connector for external connection simply causes cognitive dissonance against the background of all the rest of the heavy metal trash :eek:
  7. KI5OMM

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    Well, I must agree with you on his quickie antenna videos. I was mainly referring to his more in-depth electronic repair videos. I like the way he troubleshoots circuits and methodically works towards a solution, all while explaining each step of the process.
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  8. KC3RN

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    Me too. I was able to repair the auto-tuner in my 746 after watching one of his videos.
  9. US7IGN

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    Without a doubt, his repairs are correct, useful, interesting, instructive and informative. It was all the more unexpected to see such a result with an antenna. Judging by the first video, I expected to see at least a taller mast with more impressive antennas)

    By the way, many old tube broadcast receivers often came with a drawing describing Long Wire as an external antenna. But for them, for obvious reasons, wooden masts and grounding for the receiver were always used.

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