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Author Topic: What is the best  (Read 646 times)
KI4HBX
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« on: March 31, 2008, 06:46:11 PM »

multiband antenna I can get for HF, I do not have a tower and I do not have alot of yard to work with. I need what will work the best and not take up alot of room.
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KB9CRY
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008, 06:52:02 PM »

Something vertical
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W7ETA
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008, 07:02:09 PM »

To start with, you can make an inverted Vee for 20 meters and just hang it in a tree.

Then, you can make a 20 meter ground plane out of wire, and support that in a tree.

With two 20 meter antennas, you can experiment and see which one has the strongest signal to different parts of the USA, and world.

We are heading into the summer static season which will make 75 and 40 meters too noisy.

Once you get 20 meters on the air, you can make an antenna for 17 meters.

If you have an interest in 10 meters, you can probably find a used CB antenna.

73
Bob
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N1LO
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2008, 07:09:10 PM »

Some form of doublet fed with ladder line. Make it as long as you can (you can bend the ends around all kinds of ways, or let them hang down), and high as you can.

Don't worry too much about making it perfect. Put it up, get on the air, and have fun! Refine it as you go.

You will need a balun and an outboard tuner.

For starters, see www.qsl.net/n1lo/antenna for an 80-10 double plan.

GL,

Mark
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N9FME
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2008, 07:32:24 PM »

Check out some of the GAP verticals. I have the Titan DX and it does a great job from 10 thru 40 and it is on a 10 foot pole..For 40 meters you might consider putting it up a little higher but it still works fine at my location..

80 meters is NOT GOOD...Inverted VEE is the way to go.

For the money, In my opinion. GAP is good compromise antenna.

Good Luck!!

N9FME
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N6AJR
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2008, 10:55:04 PM »

well a hustler 5 or 6btv for about 200 bucks is a start.  gap also has a few good ones, I use their voyager for my 40/80/160 duty. and there is always the fan dipole for cheap.
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2008, 03:17:04 AM »

I was looking at an article on the good ol' G5RV and noticed this antenna which promises to be superior.

http://www.cebik.com/wire/g5rv3.html

"The ZS6BKW/G0GSF Antenna System is only about 93 ft... 5 bands with one doublet and no ATU is no mean feat"
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K1WJ
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2008, 04:10:14 AM »


Try a Hustler 4BTV. Ground mounted. As many ground radials as you can for your space. Make radials as long as you can. DX Engineering has the best price last I knew. Can mod antenna for 17m for about $8.00.

For $114 a value leader for sure.

Worked Spain & Mexico yesterday on my 4BTV with 17m home brew mod. 16 ground radials various lengths.


73, Questions? Good on QRZ.com, K1WJ
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2008, 04:25:19 AM »

You need a tuner, some open-wire feed line, and anything conductive that will fit in the yard!
Oh, by the way, the open-wire is optional.
Any idea on what bands you are interested in, what modes, what time of day you will be operating, and where you are trying to contact?

-Mike.
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