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K5UNX
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« on: August 31, 2011, 12:52:39 PM »

OK newbie question here. Got an HT, and don't get reception from local repeater in my office. It has a metal roof. The repeater is several miles away, and I get hit it with the antenna in my car and the replacement whip antenna that I used to replace the rubber ducky. Normal not getting anything inside the building?
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K7KBN
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 01:56:18 PM »

Try standing near a window that faces toward the repeater...
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 02:05:07 PM »

This is normal reception for a ducky antenna. It`s also typical of fm operation. Sometimes just moving it around a few feet in either direction will make a difference. If you could use a ground plane with a mag mount ant inside the building you`d notice quite a difference. Get a square chunk of metal or put a mag mount on top of a filing cabinet would work. Watch your s.w.r. though. This would make a noticeable difference.
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 02:35:07 PM »

OK newbie question here. Got an HT, and don't get reception from local repeater in my office. It has a metal roof. The repeater is several miles away, and I get hit it with the antenna in my car and the replacement whip antenna that I used to replace the rubber ducky. Normal not getting anything inside the building?

My office feels like a Faraday cage. Its hard to even listen to FM broadcast in my office... And I was there when we designed the building we're in, and there wasn't anything special done to make it block RF.
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