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KA2JIZ
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« on: August 31, 2005, 04:52:28 AM »

I may be using a B&W or an MFJ portable window-mounted whip in an overseas location soon. My question concerns the counterpoise wire(s) provided and required. Is it necessary that they be laid out flat on the floor or can they be allowed to fall vertically from their connecting points on the antenna at the outdoor window installation. Provided there is an adequate, straight drop, of course. Thank you for any input.
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KC8HKI
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2005, 09:39:36 AM »

It'll work either way.
Just adjust the loading tap for best SWR.
I don't recommend that antenna - I'd use a random wire just thrown out the window, or something. But, it'll work.
Good luck and have fun!
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KA2JIZ
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2005, 10:43:19 AM »

Thank you for your response. This type of antenna is only one of a couple I am considering. However, with the attitude of my xyl, this whip may be the only radiator possible. And, the French condo association has extremely strict regs regarding what can be exposed outside (even on your own balcony). Don't even think of hanging a wet bathing-suit out there. Though as bathing-suits are the size of half a hankie, I could never quite understand the problem. 73
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2005, 11:17:02 AM »

<< However, with the attitude of my xyl, this whip may be the only radiator possible.>>

Why? Does she pay the rent and the utilities? Do you get to tell her what she can or cannot do with her hobbies. Smiley

When my wife pays the bills, she can dictate what antennas I can or cannot have.

Lon
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N6AJR
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2005, 11:31:11 AM »

the counterpoise will work wrapped around the floor of the room , or dropped down the wall. I use a piece of old flat 5 wire radio shack rotor cable for the counterpoise.  just cut each wire to 1/4 wave on band of choice. short the other end to 1 fat wire and hang on the ground of the radio.

as far as  that antenna, remember any antenna is better than no antenna at all.

as far as the wife and the restrictios on antenna, I divorced the wife and bought my own house so I do as I please.  life is good. I am retired  own 2 cars, a truck and a harley, 9 hf rigs 7 hts,  6 amps, and use it when I please.  YMMV
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X-WB1AUW
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2005, 12:05:22 PM »

W4RNL has some nice info on line related to your interest.
73
Bob
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KA2JIZ
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2005, 01:36:24 PM »

Some great responses. Thank you. Well, on this side of the pond, I pay the rent and make antenna placement decisions, on her side of the pond, where she pays the rent, we...compromise. Actually, the problem is with the condo association...a problem for all of us, here and abroad. And it is getting worse...here and abroad. 73
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2005, 06:06:58 PM »

< < on her side of the pond, where she pays the rent, we...compromise.>>

Understood! <g>

73,

Lon - N3ZKP
Baltimore, Maryland
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