What is the craziest antenna that you have ever seen?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N3AWS, May 21, 2020 at 8:04 PM.

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  1. N3AWS

    N3AWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Years back, some South Mississippi hams loaded up an old railroad bridge on 160 and made some QSOs. I have seen antennas made from metal crutches, coat hangers, and beer cans.

    what are your crazy antenna stories?


    Jim N3AWS
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  2. WB0MNW

    WB0MNW Ham Member QRZ Page

    A friend loaded the water tower in Wilcox, Nebraska.
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  3. KA0USE

    KA0USE Ham Member QRZ Page

    making a 2m j-pole from foster's tinnies (hey! we got that from qst or cq).
    i don't drink, so the chore was left to him. the soldering was terrible.

    then there was fat freddie of the fabulous furry freak brothers fame who loaded
    a bedspring into an audio amplifier and microwaved the entire audience at their
    start-up band's first and only performance at a rock concert.
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  4. ND5Y

    ND5Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    33.5556, -98.7625
  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    NEVER get tired of this...

    Biggest ham radio Yagi ever devised... see it rotate at 3:38


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  6. N1BCG

    N1BCG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Rain gutter. Op swore by it after making dozens of contacts around the world. Made suggesting an actual dipole a hard sell.
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  7. KE0GXN

    KE0GXN XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    A club member loaded up a metal light pole at a high school football field during Winter Field Day and made a contact.
  8. K7WFM

    K7WFM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The beer can vertical.
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  9. K4PIH

    K4PIH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bed springs out of an old barracks in Korea.
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  10. WC5P

    WC5P Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I made a transcontinental contact on 40 meters using a dummy load once. Signal report wasn’t too great though.
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