PORTABLE 3 ELEMENT YAGI FOR 2 METRES by Dave, VK2JDS (October 2006) Design: This antenna was designed to be taken portable up on hilltops or buildings etc and operated from a 2 metre handheld. It can be hand-held on the boom back near the reflector without upsetting the gain or vswr. Background: Originally this antenna was designed and assembled with the driven element mounted midway between the reflector and the director however this didnt work so well , and had a best vswr exceeding 1.6:1,so much experimentation resulted in the final design which is seemingly unaffected by handholding the boom or mounting it on hastily made structures while out portable. The VSWR curve is thus: 144.1 1.5:1 145.0 1.3:1 146.0 1.2:1 147.0 1.2:1 148.0 1.4:1 Dimensions: The element lengths are: Reflector 950mm Driven 940mm overall Director 855mm The spacings are: Reflector to driven 500mm Driven to director 330mm Driven element details: The driven element consists of 2 pieces of 10mm aluminium tubing mounted on a piece of perspex. 2 holes are drilled through each element to mount them onto the perspex and they are fixed with 3/16" machine screws and nuts. The perspex is then mounted to the boom with 2 longer 3/16" screws and nuts.You can utilise whatever bolts you have available, otherwise visit the local hardware store. Testing: This antenna works very well against a omnidirectional antenna, its light, small and using thin coax scrounged from mobile phone instalations its excellent for useage out-bush. Refer to the pictures for more detail.
1. the antenna
2. the feedpoint