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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. WG7X

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    Back in the day, on 73 magazine, or maybe CQ there was an antenna made of two cars, facing each other, and the feed line was set up like a dipole, attached to the bumpers of the cars! Of course this was an old picture from back in the days when cars were actually made from steel and no plastics!
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  2. N5TJD

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    I believe W5UN either has or had a 160m 4-square phased array. Last I remember, they were full size 1/4wl verticals made from irrigation tubing elevated 20ft off the ground w/ radials.
  3. K4AGO

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    A toss-up between a Slinkey and a string of Christmas lights.
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  4. WZ7U

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    I always thought fractals were crazy.
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  5. WR2E

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    Oh no...
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  6. WZ7U

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    The antenna seems crazy. The developer, he seems ok. Cranky, but ok.
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  7. WF7A

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    Just an FYI: Plastic Slinkys suck as antennas.

    All kidding aside, I put up a (metal) Slinky dipole but my mistake was putting it up outside instead of in an attic: When it wasn't calm outside, the wind would cause the Slinky coils to expand and contract, causing the SWR to go all over the place. I guess I should've put the coils inside long lengths of PVC tubing. : P
    Last edited: May 23, 2020 at 9:38 PM
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  8. WA4SIX

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    Tuned up a 1,800' horse corral for a while in Utah.

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  9. WN1MB

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    You haven't been to his Zed page...;)

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