Hello micro addicts,
I’ve noticed all the microwave PCB yagis for sale are all 3 elements at most, and there’s gota be a way to homebrew or special order say a 9 element pcb yagi to squeak some extra gain out. I always prefer the non coax designs where you attach the sma adapter right to the board for minimal losses. The average SOTA backpack has room for a 14 inch long board, possibly more.
I even had a crazy idea, the reflector, DE, and some directing elements on one 14 inch long board, then another 14 inch board with just directors, you attach the two at the edges with non conductive temporary fasteners (plastic bolts, pins, or duct tape) and then deploy for a 28 inch long pcb “beam” antenna.
I feel like the PCB board is perfect for sota, its light weight, and the elements don’t get bent into modern artwork as things tumble around in the pack. I’ve never custom ordered PCB boards, so any advice or ideas would be great. I even thought of using copper tape, used for old home security systems on a plexiglass long board, to add directors to the existing 3 element boards in the above fashion.