Convert a Hustler 5 band 5BTV to 17
Larry tells us,
"I now have the 17 meter modification on my 5 band Hustler. One adjustment in radiator length and the thing slipped right into a 1.1 to 1 match. It did change my 15 meter adjustments, but that was easily remedied.
Just cut for your favorite center frequency on 17 meters using that old tried and true formula:
234 / Freqmhz = Length in feet
You'll end up with a 1/4 wave length addition of one single wire to the Hustler 5BTV to get it performing very nicely on 17 meters. The wire runs along the main radiator of the 5BTV about 8 inches away in my modification.
I used aluminum flat stock and a stainless U-bolt for my bottom support to get the vertical 1/4 wave addition of wire away from the main part of the 5BTV. At the top, I installed a small pulley, used fishing nylon line and pulled the radiator up. Cool!
The nylon ties off at the base of the antenna.
SEE PICTURE AT BOTTOM OF ARTICLE
This is such a simple modification that you should not have anything but FUN doing it!
And you will be pleasently surprised that your 5BTV now has 17 meters added for almost nothing!
One note of caution!
I am concerned about the aluminum top piece. (capacitance hat) I think that a hard wind could force the antenna to bend, the wire to tighten and the aluminum to break.
I'll do some think'n on that.
If you have any ideas, let us know.
Thanks again for this great idea. 73, KK5ID.........
""I've nothing to do but fish""
Check out Larry's Rotatable Delta Loop for 6 Meters!
Drawing by KK5ID
I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!
Smelled too much like week old Texas fish that washed up on the bank!