The 6m thing started at the end of last year when some kind "Jumbo jet of a pigeon " decided to exercise on the ends of my 6m beam and joined by some pals broke the centre block in half and bent the element, it's hanging in my garage waiting for repair - in the meantime I built a new "Simple" rigid rotatable dipole out of old aluminium from a 10m beam of years ago - Its basically made up of pvc pipe (plumbing) 20mm, and 22mm electrical conduit, x2 22mm to 15mm converters and the two elements, with the centre - a 22mm inspection cover - I wont go into construction, there are plenty of video clips that cover it but you 'll get the idea, here's a couple of pics.
So239 connected to elements with bolts/washers
Joints neat fit and glued and painted Matt Green
The tips (of the old 10m beam here cut to appropriate
lengths, they're adjustable anyway
Conveniently steps down to 15mm same as diameter of
the elements - nice snug fit, the pvc pipe is about 15"
either side of the centre to give some strain relief
The hardest part of building this "Simple" dipole was sourcing the parts, for me I found B&Q and Wickes have most of what you need for a lot of these H/Brew antenna projects - DOES IT WORK ?
Raising it to a workable height with an analyser connected adjust the ends for resonance at the desired frequency, I opted for 50.090 (app'x) I made three attempts for a 1.2:1 then connected up to my TS590 on the second antenna output - well yesterday proved profitable as there were openings into EU and I worked about 6 countries in half an hour CW
I had not been a great fan of 6m (Even with my beam) until at the end of last season when I worked USA
This "Simple" project cost me next to nothing and I had fun building it - I'm now realising too that 6m is a fun band so why not "Knock one up" ? cu on 6 ?