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Building a Classic Paperclip Antenna

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Recognising Antennas

Have you ever had this survivor fantasy? You’re stranded on a desert island (with your laptop of course!) and desperately need to connect to the outside world. You empty your pockets on the ground, and find nothing but …

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Directional Antennas

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You will build a directional antenna in this chapter. A directional antenna increases gain in one direction. By becoming sensitive in a single direction, the directional antenna is a good choice for setting up links between distant objects with a …

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Before You Start

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Before you start this journey, you should understand one thing: You don’t end up with a powerful, durable antenna for long-term use. For that you want to build, or buy, a more rugged, commercial- grade unit. In Chapter 3, we …

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Building Paperclip Antenna 1

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Building the antenna is a seven-step process, as follows:

1. Prepare the antenna elements

2. Get the mounting platform ready

3. Create the driving element or dipole

4. Prepare the pigtail

5. Attach the pigtail to your new antenna

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Building Paperclip Antenna 2

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Run the pigtail cable alongside the wooden platform (as shown in Figure 2-20). Use small drops of glue or some tape to fix the first inch of insulation firmly to the wooden platform. Zip ties or plastic bundle-ties also work …

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Mounting and Testing Your Paperclip Antenna

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Now let’s take this baby out for a spin!

1. After you have soldered the pigtail to the antenna and secured it with tape, connect the pigtail to your wireless card.

2. Mount the antenna and try it out.

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