I found out I can stick it to the HOA and hang a multi-band dipole, but it will take a +/- 400 foot coax run to a hillside outside their boundary. I can fairly easily lay a PVC conduit line to the site, but the cost of RG8/U is presently out of my budget.
I've heard about Emcoms making use of 75 ohm TV coax during Katrina and in Haiti, but was wondering just how it would work for everyday use?
I was thinking of shorting the cables to provide more conductor to handle my max 100 watts and use 1:1 Baluns at each end to connect to the 50 ohm SO-239 connections at the tuner and antenna.
So, will this affordable way work at 400'? Will it get me on the air for 20-80 meters until I can afford the RG8/U? Or am I way off the charts on this idea?
Thanks to all in advance!
P.S.; And yes, I've talked to the hillside owner and have full permission for the antenna. He also likes the idea of beating the HOA.