Hey everyone. I am a new ham, and this is my first post on the boards here.
For the last 2 weeks, Ive been transmitting on a 2 Meter mag mount ontop of a coffee can in my radio room. It works for talking on the local repeater, but I can't hit the city repeater without going on Full power, which I prefer not to do.
Ive got a 12 Element 2 meter beam, but I dont have my other tower ready, or a rotor to turn it with.
For the time being, I want to put up some kind of a Home made 2 Meter antenna on my tower I have up for my CB antenna. Perhaps a mast off the side of the tower with the second antenna on it will be sufficient? It's just something cheap that will last until I can afford to fix my other tower and buy a rotor. (Im only 17 and Money is tight.)
I have the ARRL Antenna Book, and I followed the instructions on making a 2 Meter Ground Plane using a PU-259 connector. I did it, but my SWR meter is telling me 6 SWRs. Certainly not acceptable!
Anybody have any suggestions for making a homemade antenna for 2 Meters? Im always willing to experiment.