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Old Mar 29, 2011, 02:40 AM
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Originally Posted by IBCrazy View Post
Yes, any wire will do. I use steel wire for a mig welder. Old Man Mike prefers memory wire. Copper wire is a bit soft, so go with steel.

Hi Alex,
do you mean that the wire gauge has no effect on the antenna performance? Is it just a matter of mechanical strenght? I am presently preparing a couple of antennas for the 5,8GHz Tx/Rx that came in yesterday. I have plenty of enamelled copper wire of awg#28 (diam 0,32mm). Will it work at 5,8GHz?
Just as a matter of test, I made one antenna with 12 petals (all at 45deg from ground and 60 deg appart from each others). It was much easier to make than I was expecting. What I do is to CA glue all petals on a small piece of paper before soldering (materialising the ground "plane" with angular positions). I think I can easily do much more but I have no clue whether this would bring performance. What is your opinion?
What would be the best number of petals for Tx and Rx antenna?
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