...featuring "yagi style"
aluminum tubing design for greater durability
W3CRR's "Craig" 20 meter MOXON attached to his chimney. The boom,
mount and mast are Schedule 90 and 120 PVC and the elements are drawn
aluminum tubing from Texas Towers. Craig used weather-protectred coax
connectors near the mount for convenience and installed a 1:1 toroid
balun inside the boom near the feedpoint.
Craig says that the antenna works well. Pointed toward Europe, his
very first report with it was a "5-9 plus" from Bulgaria!
According to DX Engineering Yagi Mechanical software calculations, the
wind speed survival of this 20 meter design should be 103 plus MPH.
Craig is also at work designing higher band models which will feature
a one-piece boom and higher weather survival ratings.
Structural diagram for W3CRR
20 meter MOXON
Detail A -- Aluminum tubing junction. Note the "Button" type hex
head bolts designed to distribute contact force over a large area to
maintain best electrical contact between element sections. All
element joints are treated with Penetrox.
Detail B -- Boom to mast bracket (underside). The mounting plate
on this large, 20 meter antenna is one-inch thick PVC and mates to a
1-1/2 inch PVC mast via a heavy duty PVC flange. These components can
be increased to 2 inch diameters, if desired. The all-plastic
construction eliminates any possible metallic interaction with the
Moxon elements -- although this is not strictly necessary. The
primary advantage of the PVC construction is its
ruggedness. Note the recessed, weather protected SO-239 coax
connector near the mounting plate.
Detail C -- Boom to mast bracket (topside). The boom's center
section is 2 inch PVC pipe which mates to 1-1/2 inch end sections.
This tapered design saves a considerable amount of weight on the 9
foot boom. Shorter booms on higher frequency antennas will be 2
inches throughout to eliminate sagging. The PVC boom, while heavier
than aluminum, is stronger and resists almost any (realistic) wind
without distorting permanently. All hardware on the mount is PVC and
the whole assembly is cemented together to structurally form a nearly
indestructible one-piece unit. All PVC
components are coated with a special, high-bond, flexible paint to
resist UV exposure.
Detail D -- Feedpoint (underside). The center insulator on the
driven element is solid, 3/4 inch acrylic rod. It adds structural
strength to the element. The corresponding center section of the
reflector is triple-thickness aluminum tubing.
Detail D -- Feedpoint (topside). The driven
element feedpoint includes a 1:1 current balun hidden inside the
boom for a neat installation.
Unassembled components of Craig's MOXON illustrating
how a homebrew aluminum version can be broken down into six-foot
sections for portable use. Craig says that he can assemble it
in about 20 minutes.
Email W3CRR "Craig" at
firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information
about his MOXON designs.