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Looks like the hackers of the 50′s were already making cantennas before the young whippersnappers of today were even born – Link.

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Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. SmartAZ says:

    Please note that beer cans in the 50s were made of steel, which could be soldered together. Don’t bother trying to use aluminum cans! Some veggie cans are still made of steel, and you can use those.

  2. guero says:

    mmmm….. schlitz

  3. MadScott says:

    This predates the `50s, according to my ham-radio-aficianado uncle — these were put together out of any large series of cans and a lot of solder. The wide availability of beer cans during and after WWII made it popular.

  4. Perf says:

    Uh, this is not based on the same principle as the recently popular can-tennas. This one is using the cans as the active element. The can-tennas use a wire as the active element and the can as a wave guide.

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