I had a fun afternoon putting together a 20m dipole getting ready for my new rig to arrive.
Using some spare wire, rg8, pl239, insulators, and a lot of patience, I was able to get down to 1.5 SWR on my MFJ tester at 14.300 Mhz.
The resistance shows 30 Ohms so I’m wondering /guessing may still need to shorten it up another inch or so from each end.
I plan on mounting it on a spare 20 foot piece of PVC pipe in my small backyard, set up as an inverted V. The elements will run east to west, so I guess when I actually use it, it will radiate north/south? There’s not a whole lot of free space so we’ll see how effective it really can be.
I don’t have a tuner at the moment, but from what I’ve been reading, getting the SWR down to 1 and 50 ohm resistance will allow me to use the antenna as is.
It was fun for sure, but the best is yet to come I hope!