Originally Posted by johnied
mclapp and others who have given advice i finally got my four bay put together....
now to figure out the reflector.. By the way im doing a single hoverman too...ahh
work in progress.. let you know how it all works in the next few days.
OK i took it outside no reflector on the four bay its pulling two scranton stations vhf wbre and wyou lol wskg wbng wicz out of Binghamton now i need to go and get some reflector material.
these are all below threshold about twenty five thirty percent..
By the way i ordeded a vhf high band yagi from solid signal see
how that puppy does it was a five element antenna craft cheapie
I cant wait to toss the cable
Well now you know the signals are there which is how all this started right.
A reflector on that 4 bay will be a big improvement.
How high did you have it?
If you get the 4 bay finished with the large reflector it would be interesting to see how it stacks up to the high band yagi.
I'm positive it will be some amount less but how much less would be interesting to know.
If you want to make a quick and easy reflector that will work almost as good as screen I have something for you to try.
What you'll need is something to make a frame 36" x 36" and about 65ft. of wire. The wire can be anything steel, aluminum, copper and any gage coated or uncoated.
(1) Make a frame out of wood or metal so that you end up with 2 vertical uprights 36" high and 36" apart.
If the frame is made of metal using bare wire would be best so that the frame can also be an integral part of the reflector.
(2) Drill holes the size of the wire you have 2" apart the entire length of the vertical frame members
(3) Start at the very top and string wire back and forth between the frame members all the way to the very bottom so that you end up with wires running parallel 2" apart horizontally. It's ok to splice multiple pieces of wire together just try not to do it on a horizontal section.
Center the grid 14" behind the phase lines of the driven elements.
This is not as good as the angled wire mesh reflector but it's pretty close about 1-2 db less on UHF, and could be much cheaper especially if someone had some scrap wire kicking around.
Someone could make an angled version with some extra frameing.