"Tee" - Center Connector for Dipole Antenna:
This is just my example of how to build a center connector for a dipole.
Though commercially available versions are cheap and easy, why not make one out of your
scrap junk and do it differently everytime you put up an antenna! This one fit my
requirements; it was compact, waterproof and could hold the weight of a man! (sure)
The construction difficulty is: Advanced. As it requires some metal grinding and cutting.
The parts used were a small 1" sized PVC, but no length-pipe was used as the
connectors are more rigid and made of a stronger PVC.
This will hold more weight than the connector end of the feedline could hold. (No
Guarantees, Builder assumes all responsibility)
PVC pipe connectors were used. No length-pipe was included. All
(Click to enlarge photos)
The Reducer adapter was cut in two, about a 1/4" down from
the small end.
The Panel Mount SO-239 UHF Connector to be sandwiched between
the two halfs.
Problem: Square peg in a round hole... what to do.
File the corners off of the SO-239 until the base is round at
the same diameter as the Reducer.
Putting tape around the theads will prevent ruining the connector.
Ooops... Tried to attach the SO-239 to Reducer by melting it
with a soldering iron. Man, that looks bad...
I recomend epoxy.
Leads are fashioned out of stranded #10 guage insulated wire.
Soldered leads to connector. Keep outter lead close to round
The prepped SO-239 with leads and two parts of Reducter glue (or
Leads and connector ends are threaded in after access holes were
drilled into T-piece
Connector glued with PVC cement into T-piece. Sealant placed
inside lead holes.
End Caps drilled through to accept stainless-steel hardware.
These are tough! Ratcheted together and ready to hold a massive
Ends are PVC cemented together while being aligned. Test
initially to prevent hardware touching lead connections or binding leads.
Final assembly, ready to be soldered and attached to dipole
Dipole can be pre-soldered directly to SO-239 for extreme weather-proofing.