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".
I tried to run a 40 meter dipole on both 40 and 15. The books said I could! But I sweat bullets until I figured out that ground loading effects were giving me fits trying to get resonance on both bands. Finally cut it slightly short for 40 and was happy with it being "slightly long" on 15. What a lesson to learn !
Hey get down wid da dipole massive!!!
Second-hand Hy-Gain triband vertical (thanks K7BRW). He also sold me his SX-99.
10 meter yagi from Lafayette Electronics
I remember my first real antennas, first was a simple ground plane for 11 I used it on 10 and had a 3 el yagi I bought from Lafayette Electronics with my allowance money and yard service, worked well on 10 and one antenna I really wish I still had was a Mosley 11 or 10 meter minibeam,monoband with footprint of a TV antenna, best little 10 meter beam I had,if anyone has one they might wanna get rid of, I am interested
Funny how I never got TVI complaints as told neighbors was a channel 2 yagi so we could pick up those weak tv stations
160m Inverted-L. No radials - didn't understand what they were in those days.
10W of AM/CW from a 5 valve (tube) home-built Tx, and an HRO senior RX.
I guess that dates me
40m folded dipole made of 300 Ohm TV twinlead.
No matter what I did, Radio Moscow was still every 5 kHz on my receiver.
Imax 2000; worked 10-17m.
See: QRZ Logbook . . .
Since I spent most of my life SWL'ing. For years I had a fifty foot longwire. When I moved ot Oregon I had a 450' longwire and zero noise level.
When I became serious I put up a forty meter dipole. The first house had it up thirty feet off the ground and in the clear where I lived I had Zero noise. Connected to an SB-301 and a Drake R-4A with sort wave crystals in both anything out there that was hearable I heard it.
I ended up moving four more times and that dipole became an inverted Vee and when I moved from here the first time it came down.
When I moved back My first transmitting antenna was the one I have now my 135' doublet.
Kenwood TH-G71A w/ rubber duck for first QSO.
First HF antenna
My first HF antenna was a Hybrid Mini Quad for 6, 10, 15 and 20M up about 35ft Worked great. Worked the world with CW on the Novice Bands. When they opened up 10M SSB to Tech+ I worked all over the world with my Kenwood TS-520 running right at 100W
I also had a 40/80 trap dipole in a Horizontal V shape because it would not fit on our lot spread out strait. It was only up about 20Ft. but it worked ok.
Fast Forward 27 years to today, I'm in an antenna restricted community Using a Chameleon V1 up about 12ft or so. Cant see it from the street unless you look really hard. I work mostly QRP CW, and my setup works good for a "portable" antenna. I have no problems making domestic contacts. Got Japan with this setup but lost him in the QRM. So I'm happy with it for now.