Originally Posted by bmcent1
I'd still like to know if copper wire is a reasonable material or if there is something better suited to the project.
When I made my first prototype, I made a jig like you described. It worked out quite well.
Regarding materials for the array and rod reflectors, there are lots of choices which will work quite well. The original Hoverman patents used #9 solid aluminum wire, but you could also use copper wire, as small as #14, wire coat-hangers, (although they are harder to bend)
, fencing wire, etc.
You can use the same material for the rod reflectors, or if you have any old antenna parts, then re-use the 3/8" Al tubing.
If it's a matter of cost, go for the least expensive material.
If you are considering an outdoor installation, I'd recommend the #9 Al wire, because its quite light, but very rigid for the lengths used, is easily bent and with good mechanical connections at the feed-point, it will be somewhat corrosive resistant.
If it's for the attic, then go for the split screen reflector, using tin-foil.
Have a look at our forum, and you'll see a number of examples of builds.
Your also welcome to join and participate in our forum, as well as this great AVS forum.http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=81982
Hope this helps..