Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by AD7N, Jan 12, 2011.
What was your first antenna starting out?
Mine was (and still is) a ladderline-fed dipole strung between two trees at about 70 feet. It's about 110 ft. long. It works amazingly well, and I've never had any problems with it. I highly recommend it to anyone considering a new antenna.
73, Frances / AJ4JQ
my 100 foot long extention cord. I used it for a few days until i went down and got me some wire to build a loop
Very first true HF antenna was a fan dipole for 40m/20m. Before that, I had an SWL antenna which I took a coil of wire, ran it around the 4 corners of the ceiling and left the rest of the coil dangling in random fashion. Worked okay for 80m receive!
Base VHF/UHF other. I used my old 102" steel whip CB Antenna hooked it up to my radio via a piece of coax from my CB days. I then zipped tied it to the lilac bush outside the shack. I then Used my Radio Shack Ham/CB SWR meter and began trimming. It worked great for awhile until I could afford a real antenna and the weather let me get on the roof
A ground plane
My first ham antenna was a welding rod ground plane. I've since made antennas from all sorts of salvaged junk. Mostly odd stuff like weed-eater shaft tubing and other "off-the-wall"junk.
Mine was a 40 meter folded dipole only about 15 feet above the ground, running east to west on a 40 ft tree in front of the house on the street in the west to about 30 ft up the telco pole on the east alley.
Running 50 watts AM input from a WRL Globe Scout xmtr & Hallicrafters SX100 rcvr from NW Illinois. I talked as far as Imperial Valley, CA around 1957.
75 meter Dipole
Made out of copper-weld stuff .
A balun fed with 9913 coax .
It worked fine on 40 meters where I cut my CW teeth ( as a NOVICE ) !
We do not have a Novice ( class beginner ) license anymore , that is too bad .
Before we knew any better, a random-length end-fed wire, using the house wiring as the "ground".