Step 1: Material and Tools
Copper wire, solid, uninsulated usually #6 (0.162 inch diameter), but other sizes are sometimes specified. This wire is sold in hardware stores by the foot, cut in the store from a reel. I have each piece cut to the length I need for each part of the antenna, to the next foot, so I can easily carry it out the store in sticks. The part pictured in this Instructable called for a piece just over 34 inches long, so I had three feet cut off for it. Doing that requires me to do less straightening before then bending it to the required shape and dimensions.
Bench top or board, flat