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Old 09-06-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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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
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:03 PM   #2
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Sounds like good family fun!
Glad your up and about.

How old are the girls?

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My preferred antenna is a 100' long wire, Works well on most everything save 10 meters (I'm not sure ANYTHING works on 10 just now)

One end is hooked to a Kenwod auto-tuner that is controlled by my TS-2000
The other end has a nylon cord with a 2 pound weight on the end

I can hit 20-30 feet throwing it over tree limbs.

To make the weight.. Take a crystal light or whylers 5 tub/tube "Can" Crystal light is plastic so it's better than Whyler's cardboard cans.

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Fill with concrete and either place a short length of chain (say 4 links) or an eye bolt with nut in the mix so htat either the top link or the eye is exposed. Let harden.

I also use these (in fact originally created them) to weight down tarps. Drop a clip in the exposed link of the chain and it hooks to a tarp grommet.
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