Abbi and I built a very simple 20 mtr dipole the other day with stuff we had lying around in the garage. Total cost $0.00. Used a CD for the center support (saw one on youtube). Will probably use this antenna for camping or possibly PSK31.
Strung it up between two trees in the front yard. Abbi had to do the throwing since I still can't see to well. Only got the antenna up about 7 or 8 feet above the ground.
Decided to try it out and see if I could reach a special events station out of Paradise, AZ. Took all of 5 tries and they came back with a signal report of 5-7 (not too bad I thought for only 7-8ft above ground).
Can't wait to get the certificate (my first for special events).
Totally Cool (Abbi and Kendra were quite impressed). OK I was too