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This page documents my attempts to construct a helical antenna for SATCOM listening, 240-270 MHz.

Here are the supplies: Four 4 ft long strips of steel, four 5 ft long pieces of 1/2" PVC pipe, one 5 ft long piece of 1 1/4" PVC pipe for the boom, and window screening for the ground plane.

Here's a close up of the flange and fitting for the PVC boom:

Here are the four steel strips arranged in the radial pattern:

Next I drilled four additional holes in the flange, so it could be screwed to the eight radials.

#10 hardware was used to attach it:

Here it is with the PVC boom attached, to see the overall size:

And now with the 20 supports for the tubing installed:

The tubing is 1/4 inch diameter:

Here it is with the 5 turns of 1/4" diameter tubing:

The screening has been added to the reflector. It is sandwiched between the strips for support:

The [mostly] assembled helical antenna. Final assembly will be done outside, so everything is not tightly assembled yet:

Here it is outside, mounted on a SG-9120 motor.

Another view: Chris Smolinski

Updated December 18, 2009