[amsat-bb] Re: 1.2ghz helix

Howard Long howard at howardlong.com
Wed Oct 29 03:00:08 PDT 2008

Hi Bob.

I just ran some calculations.

Assuming 0.2mm thick copper shim:

7.6mm width

1.6mm height from the reflector at the base/feed point (use a standard PCB
thickness to guide)

8.5mm height from the reflector to the helix itself, and adjust this height
for minimum SWR.

This is the matching section, and as Ed said it shouldn't matter if it's
straight or curved because it's not really meant to radiate. Be very careful
of standoffs/supports, insulated or otherwise. The dielectric effect of
standoffs can significantly detune the antenna, reduce gain due to losses
and affect both the radiation pattern and circularity. The definite no-no is
to use a single off-centre insulated pole through the helix. Use instead a
support (insulated or conducting) that's dead centre, and insulating
standoffs rotated uniformly around the support along its length. The use of
a PVC (or other insulating pipe) as a permanent former should be resisted
unless you know its dielectric effect.

73, Howard G6LVB

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of w7lrd at comcast.net
Sent: 29 October 2008 02:59
Subject: [amsat-bb] 1.2ghz helix

I am almost finished with a 16 turn helix for 1.2ghz.  I am not sure of what
type of matching I should use.  Some of designs I have  seen use a flat tab
on the first 90 degrees of the helix.  What size should it be?  Is there a
better way?  I have a bird 43 with a 1.2 slug for tuning.
73 Bob W7LRD

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