I am a newly licensed general class operator, Feb 2010.
I have just gotten interested in ham radio last December '09. Because of my electrical and technical background I only needed to study the guidelines and radio theory.
So, I have acquired some equipment... a kenwood TS530S, MFJ versa tuner and lightning arrestor.
Now all that is needed is to put up an antenna. Due to the fact that I live in an apartment I did not want to string up a bunch of wires across from the buildings or trees, so I thought of running the antenna along the wooden face of the roof edge and then run the balanced feeder into my 2nd floor bedroom... see image. http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q244/Kryoclasm/apartmentdipole.png
This method would render it almost invisible to most folks.
The wires are insulated solid copper and will be held in place with plastic wire/small cable clips. The balanced feeder is 300ohm radio shack outdoor insulated antenna wire as I wanted to forgo coax cable.
I am a bit of a book worm and I try to research everything to the hilt.
Now, I don't have an elmer, I just need some input on how well this method would work. There are no metal sidings, just wood and brick.
Any info would be great, just remember, I am a newbie at this.