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Author Topic: Going to the beach - economical hotel balcony and/or mobile antenna?  (Read 10887 times)
KK4RXN
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« on: July 15, 2013, 11:26:05 AM »

I'm hoping to go to the beach in September, and I'm curious - what's your recommendation for a good economical hotel balcony antenna? I'd like to check into some mobile antennas, too, so I might use one on my Toyota Solara. The problem is it's a convertible and I'd rather not tear it up a lot to mount an antenna (or antennas) on.

The biggest thing I'm curious about it the possibility of what I could use off that beach hotel balcony.

Barry
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 12:20:49 PM »

Assuming you have 2m, for the car, how about a 5/8 wave mag mount on the trunk lid. Great performance, non-permanent mount. I have the MFJ one, which is advertised as a 5/8 wave 2m, and 1/4 wave 6m.

If you have a ferrous balcony rail, that would work, otherwise, pack the biggest cookie sheet you can find to use as a ground plane.

Once you get up off the ground, (I hope you're on a high floor...) the antenna performance and transmitter power is going to matter less and less. Height matters more for V/UHF. In that case, a 1/2 wave telescopic on your 5W HT will be fine.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 12:29:56 PM »

what's your recommendation for a good economical hotel balcony antenna?

For what bands?


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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2013, 12:51:56 PM »

Check out the Portable Dipole in the "Articles" section of my website at www.ad5x.com.  Works 40-10 meters.  There are even pictures of it on a condo balcony.  That's what I use.

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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2013, 01:58:41 PM »

what's your recommendation for a good economical hotel balcony antenna?

For what bands?


Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM

HF - at least up to 40m.

Barry
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2013, 01:59:07 PM »

Check out the Portable Dipole in the "Articles" section of my website at www.ad5x.com.  Works 40-10 meters.  There are even pictures of it on a condo balcony.  That's what I use.

Phil - AD5X

Nice. I'll definitely check that out. Thanks!

Barry
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2013, 09:38:20 AM »

HF - at least up to 40m.

Barry
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I used to use an offset dipole and dangle one end over a balconey.  I tied the other end to a broom handle and zip tied that to the hand rail.   That was years ago and I am not sure of the legality of doing such a thing now but,,, it did work a treat on 20meters.

73

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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2013, 10:19:30 AM »

I bought a 20' crappie pole, pole holder and bucket at Cabela's in Myrtle Beach. I extended the pole, put 80 pounds of sand in the bucket and put the pole and holder in the bucket.

Radio Shack had 100' of 300 ohm wire for $17.99, so it was my feedline. I connected it to the end of the pole, where I made 16.5' dipole legs out of inexpensive 16 gauge speaker wire. Putting this on the second floor balcony of the beach house helped me make contacts all over the US, and I was able to get into Europe as well. It's always fun homebrewing stuff, and thanks to everybody for the feedback here. I learn a lot every time I come to the site!
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2013, 12:36:07 PM »

The MFJ-1621 and MFJ-1622 cover 40-2 meters and cost less than $100.

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Categories.php?sec=218
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2013, 08:36:02 AM »

I bought a 20' crappie pole, pole holder and bucket at Cabela's in Myrtle Beach. I extended the pole,... made 16.5' dipole legs out of inexpensive 16 gauge speaker wire. Putting this on the second floor balcony of the beach house helped me make contacts all over the US, and I was able to get into Europe as well. It's always fun homebrewing stuff, and thanks to everybody for the feedback here. I learn a lot every time I come to the site!

Barry, I sure got a smile out of reading this!  You have sure got the true ham spirit!  Improvising antennas out of cheap available materials is a world of fun--I've been doing it for 22 years now.  It's a real pleasure to hear a fairly new ham having so much fun with an activity that's as old as ham radio itself.  :-)  Thanks for sharing it!  73!   --ken
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2013, 09:08:52 AM »

The MFJ-1621 and MFJ-1622 cover 40-2 meters and cost less than $100.

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Categories.php?sec=218

I may have to homebrew something like that. :-)
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2013, 09:10:27 AM »

I bought a 20' crappie pole, pole holder and bucket at Cabela's in Myrtle Beach. I extended the pole,... made 16.5' dipole legs out of inexpensive 16 gauge speaker wire. Putting this on the second floor balcony of the beach house helped me make contacts all over the US, and I was able to get into Europe as well. It's always fun homebrewing stuff, and thanks to everybody for the feedback here. I learn a lot every time I come to the site!

Barry, I sure got a smile out of reading this!  You have sure got the true ham spirit!  Improvising antennas out of cheap available materials is a world of fun--I've been doing it for 22 years now.  It's a real pleasure to hear a fairly new ham having so much fun with an activity that's as old as ham radio itself.  :-)  Thanks for sharing it!  73!   --ken

Ken, it's encouraging guys like you that keep me trying different things. Thanks very much!
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