What was your *very* first antenna starting out?

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What was your *very* first antenna starting out?

  1. ortable VHF/UHF antenna: HT "rubber duckie" short antenna

    88 vote(s)
  2. Portable VHF/UHF antenna: larger detached antenna (rolled up j-pole, 5/8 whip, Arrow II Yagi, etc)

    33 vote(s)
  3. Base VHF/UHF station: J-pole antenna/ SlimJim antenna or varient

    30 vote(s)
  4. Base VHF/UHF station: commercial vertical

    23 vote(s)
  5. Base VHF/UHF station: other (please list below!)

    15 vote(s)
  6. HF Station: G5RV antenna

    36 vote(s)
  7. HF Station: Dipole of some kind

    208 vote(s)
  8. HF Station: Loop of some kind

    8 vote(s)
  9. HF Station: other (please list below!)

    91 vote(s)
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  1. AD7N

    AD7N Ham Member QRZ Page

    What was your first antenna starting out?
  2. AJ4JQ

    AJ4JQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    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
  3. W5MBB

    W5MBB Ham Member QRZ Page

    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
  4. AD7N

    AD7N Ham Member QRZ Page

    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!
  5. K9ASE

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    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.:eek: 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
  6. W0UZR

    W0UZR Ham Member QRZ Page

    A ground plane
  7. KG4ZAR

    KG4ZAR Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.
  8. NY3V

    NY3V Ham Member QRZ Page

    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. :)
  9. KB0TT

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    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 .

    Cool. :cool:


  10. W0BTU

    W0BTU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Before we knew any better, a random-length end-fed wire, using the house wiring as the "ground".
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