Hey thanks for the advice and the quick reply. A LOT of the links in that post are dead or redirected. But enough were good that I got even more reading done. I think if I did not have a short 15 week class in electronics warfare my head would have fallen off instead of just be spinning.
The only difference between the two antennas I built was the reflectors. I watched all whisker lengths, conductors, used same screw sizes and washers, and identical baluns. I ran out of large pieces of cardboard so that is why there is a differnce between the reflectors. This was trying to be done as cheaply as possible, hence why I have not purchased a CM7777 yet either. I will if it works... but can not see buying one until then. (Oh even the wood was the same type.. not that it matters of course)
50+ mile is good I am aiming for a little more so that only in truly foul weather does the signal become too degraded.
Vertically aligned DB4s will be good yes?
Reading that I need to connect them with 300 ohm twin lead wire, which looking back is the spaced wires you have coming off the antenna, leads me to wonder...
I seem to recall them being ~1/2" apart. Is this why most of the Online DIY guides suggest the V's being mounted 1/2" apart? the commercially built ones look like they have a lot of room between them though. And 1/2" apart leads to either using washers too small to hold a wire as thick as a coat hanger... or using larger washers, then they are touching. (or is 1/2" space needed between washers, meaning 1" seperation between mount points?).
Off of that... Is there an alternative to having to purchase 300 twin lead wire? for instance... standard speakers wire. Or if the 1/2" rule applies.. can I take each conducter and tape it either side of a nonconductor that is 1/2" thick?
Thanks for helping out a seriously confused, overthinking moron.