Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by K9KXW, Feb 19, 2010.

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  1. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you have close neighbours, be careful, use low power first and check that you aren't causing "little problems"

  2. AD7N

    AD7N Ham Member QRZ Page

    Always sound advice! :eek:

    it is also imperative to get your antennas as high as possible to reduce RFI as well. Just another excuse, not that you needed one, to increase your antenna's height!
  3. AE5JU

    AE5JU Ham Member QRZ Page

    At home depot, for a mere $25, you can get a 500' roll of 14 ga insulated stranded copper wire. There is a lot of antenna experimentation in 500' of wire.


    Click "Antenna Design" on the left side of the main page.

    Knock yourself out! :D

  4. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Save some of the wire, or buy more bare wire, for all those radials you need for a vertical or "inv L" ant. !!!
  5. K9KXW

    K9KXW Ham Member QRZ Page


    I respect your guys position on the use of the (GROUND RADIALS), but my intentions were for an end fed zep, Marconi, long-wire or whatever you would like to call it.

    I live in a mobile home park "LIMITED ON SPACE" so the long-wire was what I decided to try and it ended up as an inverted-L shape do to height of vertical part of the antenna.

    We are having rain and snow right now, but its supposed to get in the High-Thirties and Mid-Forties this week so I will rethink my situation again.

    I have talked to my neighbors and no problems with any interferience with 100 watts form my Yaesu FT-857D.

    Thanks again for the comments and suggestions and I'm still listening.

    73 Jim
  6. KC0NBW

    KC0NBW Ham Member QRZ Page

    one problem with using copper wire is that it will stretch and break relatively quickly after being suspended in the air.

    a 1000 foot roll of galvanized steel fence wire will cost you about $20 or less and will last for many years.

    polypropylene corner insulators for electric fences also work great for antennas!

    have at it !:D
  7. K9KXW

    K9KXW Ham Member QRZ Page


    Well I finally decided on my antenna situaition.

    I have a 40/10 Meter (FAN DIPOLE) and I'm going to just add my 100 foot wire (+) add more wire to make the 80 Meter the """right length for the half-wavelength needed""".

    Later when the weather breaks for spring I am going to Tractor Supply Co. and get that 1000 foot of galvanized steel fence wire that was suggested and start playing with the 80 Meter loop.

    So when I get the 80 Meter dipole up I will catch you guys on the air (CW BANDS) of course. I will be on 80/40 in the evening and night, 15 and maybe 10 if it opens.

    PS: If you make a contact with me, """PLEASE GO SLOW AND BE PATIENT WITH ME""", I just had a MINI-STROKE almost a month ago right as I had been studying "CW". I can here and know the letters and words, """BUT""" I have a little bit of a tough time getting it from (EAR TO PAPER). I have been fortunate enough to have a couple contacts that worked VERY hard with me to get a couple of QSO's, thank the Lord. :D

    73 Jim
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