Feb 17, 2011, 10:33 PM Navigator USA, CO, Durango Joined Sep 2010 673 Posts Have fun skiing Alex! I need to hit the slopes again too before it all melts =)
 Feb 18, 2011, 06:12 PM Registered User Bay Area California Joined Dec 2009 296 Posts Hi all, Well after having a bunch of fun making the Vee I decided to start making a cloverleaf antenna. I used 0.027 copper magnet wire just to try it out before I get some .035 mig wire. I did everything to the best of my ability and understanding of the instructions but Im not getting much performance out of the antenna when used along with a rubber ducky for the VRX. Below are some pictures I took to see if anyone can help me out. Thanks Last edited by matyou; Feb 18, 2011 at 06:26 PM.
 Feb 18, 2011, 07:17 PM Navigator USA, CO, Durango Joined Sep 2010 673 Posts If I understand correctly, you need a circular polarized antenna on both sides; tx and rx, to get good performance. Rubber ducky is linearly polarized.
 Feb 18, 2011, 07:24 PM Registered User Bay Area California Joined Dec 2009 296 Posts With a linear and a circular antenna you lose about 3db but still should work. I have a feeling that I did something wrong.
 Feb 18, 2011, 07:26 PM Closed Account Joined Nov 2004 2,882 Posts dbi Mismatch Basics V to V = 0dbi V to H = -26dbi i.e. dbi can change from 0 to -26dbi in a 90 degree bank CP to L (V or H) = -3dbi Stays -3dbi when the antennae change angles CP to CP = 0dbi Stays 0dbi when the antennae change angles RHCP to LHCP = -26dbi Stays -26dbi when the antennae change angles So one should see a marked improvement in multipath rejection and consistancy of video in a turn but not longer range with a CP and L combo. Jeff
 Feb 18, 2011, 07:57 PM Registered User Bay Area California Joined Dec 2009 296 Posts Jeff, Have you tried this antenna yet? I wonder why I cant get any good performance from it? Does it look right? Matt
Feb 18, 2011, 08:03 PM
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 Originally Posted by workshop V to V = 0dbi V to H = -26dbi i.e. dbi can change from 0 to -26dbi in a 90 degree bank CP to L (V or H) = -3dbi Stays -3dbi when the antennae change angles CP to CP = 0dbi Stays 0dbi when the antennae change angles RHCP to LHCP = -26dbi Stays -26dbi when the antennae change angles So one should see a marked improvement in multipath rejection and consistancy of video in a turn but not longer range with a CP and L combo. Jeff

Doesn't a -3dbi change translate roughly into losing half your distance (range)? If so, this sounds like a lot. I'm trying to decide if I can mix CP and inverted Vs on different planes but have the same vertical patch on my rx.
 Feb 18, 2011, 08:33 PM Closed Account Joined Nov 2004 2,882 Posts I've tried the antenna on the bench and it burrows through walls! Simply amazing... I've used CP on the RX side for years and it changed the hobby. -3bdi down still means two miles (w/ standard rubber duck on the TX) but with a consistant image of which I can depend. NOW... with CP on both sides, I am really excited... Jeff
Feb 18, 2011, 09:22 PM
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 Originally Posted by matyou Hi all, Well after having a bunch of fun making the Vee I decided to start making a cloverleaf antenna. I used 0.027 copper magnet wire just to try it out before I get some .035 mig wire. I did everything to the best of my ability and understanding of the instructions but Im not getting much performance out of the antenna when used along with a rubber ducky for the VRX. Below are some pictures I took to see if anyone can help me out. Thanks
I can see many problems:
1. Your angles are not correct. You need to come off that center conductor at 45 degrees with each element.

2. You are using RG174 coaxial cable. Chances are you heated it up too much and the center element shifted internally. RG174 has poor heat characteristics.

3. We have no idea where you are mounting this. Location makes a difference.

4. You need a CP antenna on the RX side too. Try a helix or another cloverleaf. Multipath with omnis is a killer. Believe it or not, when receiving with a linear omni antenna, a CP antenna makes the multipath problem worse!

5. The thin wire will distort very easily in the wind causing sporadic power level changes. VTX units do not adapt well to this.

-Alex
Feb 18, 2011, 09:23 PM
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 Originally Posted by workshop I've tried the antenna on the bench and it burrows through walls! Simply amazing... I've used CP on the RX side for years and it changed the hobby. -3bdi down still means two miles (w/ standard rubber duck on the TX) but with a consistant image of which I can depend. NOW... with CP on both sides, I am really excited... Jeff
And I've got some new stuff coming out soon. Wait until you try it

-Alex
Feb 18, 2011, 11:42 PM
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 Originally Posted by IBCrazy And I've got some new stuff coming out soon. Wait until you try it -Alex
 Feb 19, 2011, 03:02 AM Me a long time ago London N.E. UK Joined Jan 2007 6,207 Posts I thought that the original had 4 elements, but now I see 3. Would a 4 be better?
Feb 19, 2011, 08:11 AM
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 Originally Posted by volto Wow already?! Glad I haven't started building this one yet
Build this one. It is the center piece of it all. All of my other antennas are Rx antennas that revolve around this one.

-Alex
Feb 19, 2011, 08:13 AM
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 Originally Posted by Flypoppa I thought that the original had 4 elements, but now I see 3. Would a 4 be better?
They are different antennas. The 4 lobe is the skew-planar-wheel. The 3 lobe is the cloverleaf. The cloverleaf has higher gain, but less reverse polarity rejection.

-Alex
 Feb 19, 2011, 08:36 AM Registered User Joined Jan 2011 203 Posts Question: What's type of mig wire is better to use? Steel, carbon steel, high or low nickel content, aluminum? Also, did you run into any problems soldering the wire?