Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dipole and Wire Antennas

  At the present time I am running a G5RV Lite dipole made by Radiowavz. It covers the 6 meter through 80 meter bands. Mine is at approximately 35 feet at the apex and each end leg is about 16 feet above the ground. The apex is on a mast connected to my chimney, one leg comes down to a tree in the front yard and the other leg comes down to a mast that my vertical antenna is on. Here is a link to the Radiowavz  website . See the pictures below. The drawing is an example of how a wire dipole can be set up.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Looking for a good Vertical Antenna

  When I was deciding on a vertical antenna it was the typical dilemma of what to pick. The first thing I did was look at the areas around my house to think of how much space I have. The other thing I had to take into consideration was what things may affect the swr on the antenna. A few examples are trees, houses and other metal objects. In my situation my backyard is very small. It is only maybe 23 feet from the house to the fence and about 26 feet wide. I do have a side yard, but have to watch out for the electrical lines to the house. Remember safety should always come first.

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