5BTV 17 Meter Modification using Aluminum
read the article on the 17 meter add-on for Hustler 4BTV
and was moved to experiment
with it. However, having some aluminum tubing, I telescoped 13 feet of it
into a vertical base and anchored it about 6-8 inches from my ground
mounted 5 BTV. Then I proceeded to clamp a piece of #12 wire to the bottom
of the base of the 5BTV to the base of the 17 meter tubing.
I have antenna restrictions and have to keep a low profile. I have a couple of guy nylon cords to hold the 5BTV and it is very well anchored on the bottom.
the 5BTV mounted on a stainless steel plate. I anchored the bottom of the
antenna with short wires on the bottom and you will see the wires there
which also serve as a ground. I put some decorating bricks around the
stainless steel plate to avoid having someone getting tangled in them. I
also guyed the 5BTV with two nylon cords so it would not sway too much,
for in this area gusts of wind come often. You probably will see these in
the pictures. At the side of the 5BTV you will see the 13 foot
17 meter add-on ground mounted beside the antenna and I do hope you
can see the spacer. As you can also see, the antenna is in the midst of
trees in the back yard.
Closeup of the base the antenna
with the 17 Meter modification.
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