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KA2ZEY
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« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2014, 05:39:50 PM »

All very interesting replies. The Alpha-Loop Jr. looks very interesting. I know I already experimented with the AlexLoop but the nice tripod that comes with the Alpha might help to get it above the balcony railing.
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KX4TT
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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2014, 02:08:51 PM »

I've used the MFJ 16 ft whip for 10-20 m for hotel ops - I clamp it to the railing and run two counterpoises back into my room. I've also used some extention rods purchased from Chris at Buddipole to be reasonably efficient at 30m, and with so-so operation at 40m . I've also used the Superantenna MP-1 with good results for 10-40. The Buddistick should also work well. One thing to consider is the addition of a small capacity hat for 30-40m; that can help you get out on those bands.

GL es 73 de Lee, KX4TT
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K5TED
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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2014, 06:16:03 PM »

My MFJ 1786 magloop mast is clamped to a third floor balcony railing, with the bottom of the loop about 9" above the steel railing. Works best when turned perpendicular to the rail. See my HRD logbook at k5ted.net. Most of the contacts between 30m and 10m were made with that arrangement.
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NO9E
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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2014, 01:35:51 PM »

I tried two types.

1. Two drooping wires from the opposite side of balcony.

2. Wire on fiberglass pole flat over the balcony, with some wire drooping at the end. Gauge 20-24 is fine. The other wire is just drooping from the balcony.

 Both benefit from a balun. The second one is better. The major issue is noise from electronics.

Ignacy, NO9E
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