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Author Topic: Apartment Antenna  (Read 1097 times)
KZ5I
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« on: December 01, 2017, 01:09:06 PM »

I live in an apartment surrounded on all 4 sides by buildings. Is there an SWL antenna that can be used in an apartment with this type of environment ?

Thanks and '73
Emmett KZ5I
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VA3VF
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 03:56:45 PM »

I live in an apartment surrounded on all 4 sides by buildings. Is there an SWL antenna that can be used in an apartment with this type of environment ?

Thanks and '73
Emmett KZ5I

Tough one!! How close are you from the other buildings? Try a wire around the ceiling, or out the window.

I would be very hesitant to spend any money on a commercial antenna, before checking with a simple wire. There is also the possibility, hopefully not, that you may be in RFI hell.

Again, tough one. I don't envy you one bit.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 04:19:32 PM »

One thing I found out when I spent 4 years in a stucco-encrusted 2nd floor apartment was that a wire antenna actually worked better if I moved it further inside, away from the grounded outside walls. 

I was able to hear plenty of DX in the 6-16 MHz range with a 25 foot wire (1/4 wave at 9.4 MHz) connected to my receiver (no TX at the time, no tuner, and it was 2010-13, when the sunspots were good), with a 25 foot counterpoise on the floor. 

The bad news was that the best location was in my dining room, which made it a bit cumbersome.  But it can be done.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2017, 04:51:23 PM »

One thing I found out when I spent 4 years in a stucco-encrusted 2nd floor apartment was that a wire antenna actually worked better if I moved it further inside, away from the grounded outside walls. 

I depends on the construction, I guess. I lived in a building that 2 feet away from the window, literally, it was 'RF vacuum'. Nothing at all, unbelievable, and I was on the 11th floor.
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K5TED
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2017, 08:37:47 PM »

I live in an apartment surrounded on all 4 sides by buildings. Is there an SWL antenna that can be used in an apartment with this type of environment ?

Thanks and '73
Emmett KZ5I

Yes. Use a multi-turn loop. Start with 5 turns on a 36" diameter and work up or down from there. Or, buy a commercial magloop.
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2017, 08:14:16 PM »

Use a PVC pole horizontally out a window with a wire running through it, and then sloping downward!   Roll Eyes
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