14 MHz 2e Homebrew Quad

Homebrew 2e Quad for 14 MHz

The project was to build and test a 2e Quad antenna for 14 MHz, I wanted it to be lightweight and portable. The antenna had to be packed away in the car after a contest, so some parts of the antenna had to conform. The boom could be no longer than 3.5m, and the spreaders must be retracted for storage.

Cost should be under £100 for all the parts delivered.

The design uses fiberglass fishing poles, each pole is 4m fully extended. The project uses 8 poles. The poles will be fixed to the centre clamp using exhaust brackets, as they come complete with “U” support bracket. The size of the exhaust clamps will depend on the size of the roach poles.

The aerial will be 8m long, and 5m wide (see diagram) and the feed point will be at the bottom of the driven element. You may require some matching at the feedpoint, although mine was close to 50 Ohms.

You can find many online quad calculators, one that worked well for me is located here.

Here you will see the basic quad element, the basic construction is the same for both the driven and reflector. Here you will see the basic layout.

quad

 

 

Photograph of parts required. (Click to expand pictures)

SDC11719

8256935925_213631fd46_z

8256932779_3bdc01bd53_z

8258003334_b2cc5f0901_z

 

 

 

 

 

 

8012506452_6088d87683_z 8037251080_d378abc11a_z 8256934793_d3123faa8e_z

8040004649_4b0af1535c_z

 

 

 

 

 

 

ae4085

 

 

 

 

 

Having fun with the Quad and linear amplifier. QRO HF portable

Share this...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook19Share on Google+0Email this to someone

4 Comments

Add a Comment
  1. How long does it take you to set it up Dave? I presume it is transpoted briken down and put together in the field?

    1. Yes that’s the attraction of the design, its very small to pack away with the roach poles collapsed down to 1m. Its a bit of a monster to get up in the air, but the Quad design is well known to be low noise and has great gain for its size. The antenna has much more gain than a 2 or 3 element beam for a very small boom size.

  2. Hi Dave,is the quad very interesting ,but how I can get the 4m poles,any sugestions who type,sellers on e bay,how you feed (directly or via transformer).Many thanks for info.
    Best Fred

    1. Hi Fred thanks for the interest. Yes it’s a great antenna the poles came from ebay. Search 4m roach pole or something similar. I used to feed mine direct with coax, it was close to 50 ohm. The exhaust clamps came from ebay, so did the boom clamps. I added pictures to the website, and hopefully you will find the parts. Good luck Dave

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

92 − = 91

© 2015 Dave, M0TAZ