15 March 2004

Over the weekend we constructed a 24 dBi omni-directional antenna for 2.4 GHz wireless signals. The antenna was constructed using

  • N-type female panel connector
  • K&S Brass tubing
  • 1” PVC tubing and ends

We followed instructions for the Aerialix OM2400 antenna and used their alignment template to ensure our implementation matched their design. We also found their coil construction suggestions to be quite useful. The end result turned out great:

Custom-built 24 dBi omni-directional Antenna

To protect the antenna outside, we encased it inside of 1” diameter PVC. However, the physical stress placed upon the decoupler frequently exceeded the strength provided by the solder, so we had to modify our design. Originally, the decoupler was soldered directly to the N-connector as follows:

Decoupler

However, after mounting inside of the PVC endcap, we added a ground wire between bolts threaded through the N-connector’s mounting points and the decoupler:

Endcap

In addition to the 24 dBi omni, we also soldered a small 1/4 wave antenna together for later field testing:

Quarter Wave N-connector

A 2.4Ghz Vertical Collinear Antenna for 802.11 Applications