PO Box 362 Merlin, OR 97532541-471-9400
The GS-3 antenna is quite different than the DK-3 style antenna. After building the DK-3 type for a few years, I designed one that
would last longer. The GS-3 has no coil cover. It can handle higher power. The larger diameter coil offers a higher Q. The antenna
doesn't change length and will not wear the coil out with the heavy coil moving against the finger stock all the time.
The coil is wound using #14 wire and is wrapped with 6 layers of fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin. The wire spacing is 8 turns per
inch. The antenna is center loaded. The base tube is 2 inch 6061 aluminum tube and is powder painted black. The drive motor uses a
clutch so overruning the coil wiper will not damage the antenna. The antenna has an indicator making it easy to see what band the
antenna is near.
I have tried many different methods of matching, shunt coil and toroid and other users are using a capacitor box. I supply a toroid or the shunt coil.
The coil is13 inches in length and the base tube is 31 inches long. The whip can be almost any length. I use one that is 66 inches. The combination of Cap Hats and a shorter whip works, too. A longer length whip makes the antenna more efficient.
The model 160 has a 3 inch coil that is 18 inches long. The coil is wound using #16 wire at 10 turns per inch. No test data is available
at this time. I also make 4 inch 160 that is13 inches long. This model will handle 500 watts like all others.
I use plastic for the top of the coil to reduce the detuning and the Q loss that a metal piece would cause. There is a brass piece that has a 3/8 x 24 thread for the whip to screw into.
All antennas have a 3/8 x 24 tpi female base .
I can make a insulated base that has a 1/2" stainless bolt so you can bolt it to a grounded mount, then you can put the RF hot wire to the bottom screw on the antenna. This nice idea will cost $20 more dollars
Tests made in 1994
|Antenna||40 meters||80 meters||160 meters|
|2-1 Bandwith||2-1 Bandwith||2-1 Bandwith|
|GS-2 2 inch coil||68 Khz||19 Khz|
|GS-3 3 inch coil||54 Khz||15 Khz|
Glass coil||69 Khz||25 Khz|
|DK-3 160 PVC 3" coil||116 Khz||30 Khz||7 Khz|
|GS2 ||$375 ||2" coil x 17" length|
|GS3||$450||3" coil x 13" length|
|GS4 ||$525||4" coil x 9" length|
|GS160||$550||3" coil x 18" length|
coil x 13" length|
Gary Stookey KI7SD