Am in need of some suggestions for a simple HF base antenna. Preferably covering 6m-80m. Setup FT897 w LDG tuner
Only restrictions are the following, am living in a camper trailer on a camp ground so antenna:
1. Can't be big
2. High up (want no guy wires running round to support structure/ draw attention)
3. Though of using a all band dipole. down side long an not enough space to run one in
4. Has to fit with in a RV spot (30x15)
Looked at possibly using one of the following (would be mounted on a 15' pipe for some height):
1. Tarheel antenna
2. Screwdriver antenna
3. Someone else may suggest may be better option to go with.
A good screwdriver installed well could do this job for you; however it will need radials to work and a 15' pipe doesn't make any kind of radial system.
Can you run thin (light gauge) wires up overhead, spread around at 15' above ground, to create a ground plane for the screwdriver? Another alternative is to use the camper roof as a partial ground plane system, if it's aluminum. Obviously, if it's fibreglas or something non-conductive that won't work; but even if it's non-conductive, you could possibly just hot-glue or epoxy (or tape!) some copper wire radials to the roof of the camper and connect those to the mounting point of the screwdriver. Not ideal, but a lot better than nothing.
That kind of solution may not work well on 80m, but has a good chance on 40m and higher frequencies.