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Author Topic: Antennas?  (Read 13744 times)
N5RWJ
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« on: November 18, 2011, 09:02:33 AM »

What SWL antenna do you use?
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AK7V
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2011, 10:11:45 AM »

I use the same antenna I used to my ham activities -- an 80m doublet fed with window line to a balun.  It works quite well.

I also have a PAR-end fed SWL antenna, but it picks up a lot of noise compared to the doublet.
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K1WJ
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2011, 11:40:09 AM »

In the past, a 75 meter dipole - 119 feet total. Apex 33 feet - ends 10ft up.   73 David K1WJ
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2011, 12:22:09 PM »

As a kid I used a loop of wire near the ceiling in my room. Now I use a smallish inverted L outside. I also have a fan dipole but the non-resonant L tends to work best for MW and SW listening.
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2E0OZI
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2011, 12:37:21 PM »

W3EDP fed through coax and a 9:1 unun earthed. Same as for my ham activities.
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2011, 09:23:16 PM »

G5RV ends oriented NW & SE.  Picks up everything except S. Africa just fine.
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N1NQC
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2011, 04:08:37 AM »

 Hi All,

I use a 75 ft long wire which I "force" to work from 7 Kc all the way  up to around 20 M. From there the 10 M slope dipole takes over.

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ONAIR
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2011, 11:06:36 AM »

I have a 200 foot wire hung from one tree to another.  Years ago I got a booklet from (if I remember right) Radio Australia.  It described dipoles that listeners could construct for different RA transmitting frequencies to help one receive their broadcasts, and the approximate direction that they should be hung for optimum reception, based on the location of the listener.
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MAGNUM257
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2011, 04:36:11 AM »

I use a 300' long wire antenna with a 9:1 balun, from the back of my garage straight back into the woods. It is supported my multiple tree branches. I used a bow and arrow to string it over the trees.
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SWMAN
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2011, 01:29:59 PM »

 When I was about 10 years old I ran a piece of 14 gauge wire from my 2nd story bedroom window out to the garage about 60 ft away. It worked great with my old S-120.
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2011, 03:31:46 PM »

I share my wire antenna 66 ft long, 8 ft high with my HF radio for Shortwave Radio Receiver.    since it go through antenna tuner, I can tune for best receiving,  I often use my $100 SW receiver to listen to HAM band, sensitivity is almost as good as my HF rig. 
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N5RWJ
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2011, 09:13:54 AM »

Has anyone use a CCD Antenna, what is your opinion of it?
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2011, 08:09:06 AM »

Two 2-wire switchable-direction Beverage antennas. The ultimate SWL antenna.  Smiley
http://www.w0btu.com/Beverage_antennas.html
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N8YX
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2011, 09:13:12 AM »

Multiband DX-SWL slopers, a G5RV, trapped verticals and dipoles, the assorted random wires. One day I'm going to put up a couple of log periodics for both ham and SWL usage.
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