Best short distance antenna?

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by CAMERART, Nov 28, 2019.

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  1. N1DQQ

    N1DQQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just a shot in the dark here, but are both operators using the same antenna polarity? I was always told that there was a severe signal loss at close ranges with cross polarity. Just a thought.
  2. VK6ZGO

    VK6ZGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Are there any large buildings or other structures that you can both see?
    If so, use 2m or (preferably) 70cm, & directional antennas.
    If you both point your antennas at that structure, you may get enough reflection to make contact.

    Years back, when I worked at a TV station, some viewers were getting enough reflection from a metal roof on an "A frame" house about 10 km away, to ruin their TV reception, so reflection can be a real thing.
    OK, the TV station puts out a lot of signal, but it's spread over 5 plus MHz, & TV sets aren't normally as sensitive as ham radios.
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  3. W7XTZ

    W7XTZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    A metal roll around tool box in the garage works GR8!
  4. KU4X

    KU4X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Do is easier to get forgiveness than permission. (Some olde, long-forgotten sage came up with that.)

  5. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page


    Two questions:

    How old are you? Do you realize this isn't AOL Instant Messenger?
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  6. AA5MT

    AA5MT Ham Member QRZ Page

    There may be a terrain problem. Maybe a hill is in the way? More height may help.

    You should be able to work that far on 2m with 1/4 watt. I was at a hamfest, and a crew came trekking in with foxhunt equipment. They tracked the fox to our table. Someone was fooling with an swr analyzer and had left it on the repeater input frequency. The repeater was about 30 miles away. The analyzers only put out 1/10 watt.


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