Core Flute Wire Winders…

The other week, the EMDRC club had a presentation on portable and lite HF antennas as well as some other ideas on portable operation. Len Steel vk3fb showed a nifty and cheap way of making some wire winders. The video of the presentation can be seen on YouTube at the bottom of this post.

I started my search for some core flute to make up my own winders. Googling found sheets of the material available from bunnings for $4.85. this stuff is 3mm deep, consider it light duty! Len talked about being able to source his from scrap advertising signs he found around his neighbourhood. Since buying a sheet I have come into a big supply of heavier duty stuff, I have enough for many happy winders!

On the VKlogger forum, I was pointed to this UK site that had a pre drawn template for a small winder, and printed off the page to use as a guide.

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I glued the paper template to some stronger cardboard and set about tracing the shape onto the core flute before cutting it out!

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And the results. Success!! The winders are strong, but very light, with my “”random”” 12.5m length of wire that I use with my Z match antenna tuner the winder and wire comes to just 46 grams. The pair at 91 grams, it makes for a very light antenna!

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At the same time,, I created a larger winder shape on some cardboard and then used this to trace onto the core flute for a bigger winder!

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Now, my core flute adventures will take over the world!. I made up a small dipole centre,and cut some wire in preparation for a simple 1/4 wave 40m dipole, but my version one centre efforts were pretty ordinary, I have some more ideas and will make up version two shortly, and with the off cuts of the core flute, I’m going to use them as insulators/separators on the linked dipole project that’s under way! that’s going to use the DX Unicorn wire and ill post my efforts for that project when completed.

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The project occupied a couple of hours of my time, and I was able to produce something useful! If you are after a simple and light wire winder/holder for your portable antennas. This project is rally worth a try, especially if you get the core flute for free!! Thanks Len for the pointer!

2 thoughts on “Core Flute Wire Winders…

  1. G’Day
    I am wondering if you still have the template for the core flute wire winder & would you be willing to email me a copy?
    I did follow the link you supplied but was unable to find the template.

    73 Jason
    VK6YTS

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