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Author Topic: Ground on HT idea?  (Read 5324 times)
AB1LT
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« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2015, 08:56:41 AM »

No plane needed.  Just run a 19.5" wire down your back.  That will make it a true dipole.  I put these "rat tails" on all my HTs and the difference it makes is impressinve.  I get several S-units more on Rx.  I assume Tx is equally improved.

Actually, if your coax is about 19" long you'll have your dipole.
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KC2QYM
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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2015, 01:31:03 PM »

I was going to leave a funny retort but all the good ones were used up. 
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W8ATA
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« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2015, 06:47:20 AM »

What's working well for me is just going barefoot in the snow here in Ohio. But the impedance of snow can vary.The wetter the better path to ground. I'm 80 so if I can do it, so can you.

73,
Russ
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K4ISR
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« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2015, 08:03:50 AM »

No plane needed.  Just run a 19.5" wire down your back.  That will make it a true dipole.  I put these "rat tails" on all my HTs and the difference it makes is impressinve.  I get several S-units more on Rx.  I assume Tx is equally improved.

Actually, if your coax is about 19" long you'll have your dipole.

That is pretty much what I was going to say as a serious response, but he beat me to it.

The other option is a counter poise aka "tiger tail" which can greatly help with your signals. No true grounding necessary (unless you expect to be out in the wide open plains during a lightning storm a lot, even then grounding like you mention will not really help much anyways if you're hit).
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2015, 04:53:33 PM »

It just shocks me that "some" thought I was serious..... I mean....Nails in my shoes???
With that said....i guess there are some morons out there that would try this Smiley !!!

In 50 years when someone asks what killed Amateur Radio ...We can just
look back at these posts!!! ...hahaha

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KB8VUL
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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2015, 06:10:45 PM »

Anybody that has been to Dayton probably thought you were serious.  I am actually surprised that some clown hasn't showed up in a suit of armor with an antenna on top. 

Ham radio is one of those hobbies that more is less.
If you are into cars, more car, more stuff on the car and the car is badass.
If it's guns, you are doing the 50 BMG thing, again badass.

If you take ham radio to extreme you are putting antennas in your hardhat and stringing wires all over your yard.

Yeah, I suppose that if you toss 100K into a import you just got a REALLY pissed off Weedeater.
If you Mall Ninja out an AR-15 and go buy all the tactical clothes then you have an odd sense of style and an AR you can't hold in the air to shoot.  But neither is as bad as a hardhat with an antenna on top
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K1DA
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« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2015, 03:07:41 PM »

I have a new HT and have mounted the rubber duck to a hard hat. I am thinking that if I
add some copper screen on the hard hat and run a ground wire down my back and
“Y” it in my crotch into two wires down each leg to my shoes. Attach each ground wire to
copper nails in the bottom of my shoes. That way when I’m walking at least one
shoe is “grounded” all the time. Would this help my signal?? Would it not be
like a “ground plane” antenna at home??
It should also help bleed off static from near by lightning strikes,,,Right?  



  Is it APRIL FIRST yet?   Avoid low hanging power lines. 
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