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Quick and Dirty receive antenna


I built one of these for a fellow ham in 5 minutes, most of which was locating tape measure and cutters. He bought an HF rig with the intention of upgrading and needed an antenna. I built this with the promise to help him with "real" antenna upon getting his general. There are better antennas out there but this was quick, cheap and easy.

I cut 66' of 12g stranded electrical wire and soldered a cheap radio shack pl-259 on one end, done.

 He looped it around his attic and was able to receive well from 20 to 80 meters with  ok results on 6, 10 and 160. I think he would have gotten better results with the shield side earth grounded but he lives in a second story apartment.


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