It’s a beauty.
Looks great. I would be interested in one. You may even consider modifying to hold 65’ of wire and integrate an 49:1 unun in the unit so you can have a readily deployed EFHW antenna. I’ve been working on using a kite string winder but your reel looks much more robust.
The reel will be sold with or without the wire, and with a handle in the middle for easy winding/unwinding.
what is the gauge of the wire you are using
Looks good especially when you are using RG316.
Honestly, I did this for myself, because I got tired of wrapping my coax on an old reusable shopping bag. Not sure if I want to go into the business of cutting coax and putting on the ends, testing, etc… The spool, I will definitely improve, first for myself, and then for the larger community. The thing works, but I want to put a handle in the middle, because putting my fingers in the slot is a bit annoying. Not sure which way I should go with this. Well at a min, I will improve the design, again, because I really want to, and will post the results. If I just make the reel, both the costs and the shipping will be minimal, and I can just pass on the savings to everyone else.
I wonder how much 18-ga wire one could hold? I use a 9:1, and I’d love to have a way to keep my antenna wire tidy. 🙂
well, rg316 is roughly 2.5mm and 18g is roughly 1mm, so doing the simple math at a min 100 feet or 30m. (not going to even try to the volumetric calculation of a wire on a spool)
Do you think the 9:1 could fit into the center of the reel?
Now in production, ready for sale!
What is the inside measurement, between the flanges/outer rims? I’m wondering if you could wind up 20-25 ft of 450 ohm ladder line, which is ~1 inch wide.
John, The inside width is .8″, but that can be modified. The issue is that it is quite bulky. I just measured my 450 line, and it is .1′ thick. Doing the very rough calculations, if widened, the reel could only hold 8’+/- of 450 ladder line. I’m assuming you wanted to store/transport ladder line in the reel.
It is possible, but everything would have to be re-engineered and printing cost would go up a lot to maybe $100. Not sure if it would be worth that much. What do you think?
What is the reel made of? That is to say is it anodized aluminum or some other metal? Thank you.
Everything at theQRPstore is 3D printed with a chopped carbon fiber infused nylon. Some parts such as the HD frame have continuous fiber reinforcement such as fiberglass.
Not a whole lot of recent comments so, I’d like to ask if these reels are still being made. Also, I’m using RG58 Coax – would it be possible to commission a reel to accommodate a 50-foot length of that or is the current form factor all that’s being offered? Thanks!
Yes, the reel is still being made, and a run with the reel and the coax is being produced now. Thanks and 73, Ed
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