[amsat-bb] Arrow ll to camera tripod adapter
zleffke at vt.edu
Mon Feb 26 14:28:21 UTC 2018
I use a piece of 1/8 in thick by 1/2in angle aluminum about a foot long
(scrap from my metal pile, available at Lowe's/Home Depot/Ace
Hardware/etc.). I tapped a 1/4in by 20 hole in it for the tripod camera
mount, and then use two hose clamps to attach the foam grip portion of
the arrow antenna to the angle aluminum. I use pretty sturdy all
aluminum Velbon tripods (Ebay), so no counterweight needed. If the 1/4
threaded attachment isn't 'sturdy' or is difficult to get nice and
tight, then you can get a side to side slip of the antenna around the
1/4in tripod screw, particularly when you rotate for polarization. To
resolve this I added two small pieces of 1/16" angle aluminum on the
'underside' of the 1/8" angle aluminum to 'grip' the front and back edge
of the tripod 'plate.'
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On 2/25/2018 8:43 PM, Don KB2YSI wrote:
> I put a counter weight type setup on mine as well. Helpful tips/ideas from
> K3RRR & KG5CCI to make a place to attach my D74A and duplexer; they make
> great ballast!
> 73, Don KB2YSI
> On Feb 25, 2018 19:35, "Roy Dean" <royldean at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I believe it comes pre-tapped with a 1/4-20 hole. I didn't like the
>> positioning, so I machined an aluminum "saddle" that bolts to boom, and
>> that in turn is threaded onto the tripod mount. I also machined an
>> extension and counterweight that makes manipulating the antenna much
>>> I have had my Arrow ll antenna for a number of years now. I have seen
>>> probably hundreds of these mounted to a camera tripod using different
>>> methods. Does anybody have an easy design they might share?
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