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Helix Antenna Experiences of Others

32 mm helix as has been built by ON7EQ

Jean-Jacques / ON7EQ performed some tests on helices,  not directly related to WLAN, but on AO-40 Amateur Satellite communication at 2401 MHz. As it is basically the same frequency band, it is interesting to know his experiences. The original 40 mm PVC Helix design tried, resulted in a weak reception of S5 for one single Helix. A single 32 mm PVC helix did about S7. 

Following is an abstract form the e-mail of Jean-Jacques to Jason, Remco and myself:
" The optimal design according to PA0HOO is about 67% from 'AIR' values, resulting in space between windings of 29mm.

So, just to doublecheck this theory, I quickly constructed a new 'test' helix on 32mm OD PVC pipe, still with the triangular matching stub (using 71x17mm original dimensions) and same 2.5mm˛ solid copper wire. The lenght of the helix was same (80 cm about). Reflector 130x130mm stainless steel plate.
Result with this helix design were much better than the 40mm version ! The beacon was now about S7, with fading and noise, but a lot better than the 40mm version. The fact that this antenna was performing better was confirmed as well by the fact that is was much more directive as well....
Personally, although the Wavelan enthousiast 'down under' have apparently achieved excellent results with helixes wound on 40mm PVC (even quoted as INNER DIA, making it worse than my 40mm OUTERr dia pipe), I got the impression that the 32mm version  works much better (according to my 'ear', my 40mm version provided certainly 3 to 5 dB less gain than the 32mm version). Maybe this is compensated by a wider turn spacing (42mm instead of the theoretical 33mm) used in the design of Jason?? From my end, I would definitely recommend to build them on 32mm pipe !
You can send me your experiences, (positive or negative). I will add them below... Gerard.   (mailto: pa0hoo at  
















Bijgewerkt / Updated: 2003-04-09