I built a temporary Moxon beam based almost entirely on the article by Allen Baker, KG4JJH, from QST May 2003, The Black Widow — A Portable 15 Meter Beam. Another useful article is from QST June 2000, Having a Field Day with the Moxon Rectangle, by L.B. Cebik, W4RNL. The original article also references a separate website where drawings for the parts can be downloaded. This not only helped the effort greatly but boosted my confidence that I could actually build a successful antenna. I also note the August 2005 QST article by KG4JJH that described building a dual band, 17 and 12 meter, Moxon. A further reference is the Moxon Antenna Project
My thought in building this beam was to provide coverage to key areas during a contest weekend. In this case it covers 15 meters. It is pointed toward Europe in the mornings and Asia/Pacific in the afternoon with South America and Africa in between. During the contest day I also run my MA6V 20m to 6m vertical. During the evenings I run a HF2V for 80m and 40m.
I found the antenna to go together quite well and it did not need to be tuned. It has low SWR across the 15 meter band. The mast is a 24 foot painter pole that gets a bit wobbly, but is guyed by some nylon rope. The rotator is my arm. It works quite well in to Europe, Africa, and Asia/Pacific. It helped me work my first Japan QSO’s on QRP power levels in the VK/ZL contest earlier this year.