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The first antenna for HF was my "Electric Fence" antenna. My NVIS antenna. My STEALTH antenna. Well it looked like I had an electric fence. I used some of the fiberglass sticks that are used for small animal fencing. The wire was galvanized. I started buy connecting two wires to the FC-40 wire tuner. Each stick was nailed to every 4" X 4" post of the backyard fence. The two wires were about 3 to 4 inches apart on each stick. At the end of the fence, which was all the way around the yard and back to the house, I terminated them together. This antenna is only six feet above the ground. It tuned all the ham bands but worked best on 4 and 7 Mhz.
The antenna on top of the pipe on the large pink box which is the stairway is the
2 meter 440 Arrow J-Pole. The feedline for it is the lower wire. The 160 thur 10 meter antenna is the W5GI design antenna. The other vertical is the Ringo 6 meter antenna.
The total antenna height is around 63 feet from the base of the 2 meter-440 antenna.
I have been working some good DX with this antenna system......and no tower either.
Well, that didn't last long......
The manager's permission was not quite enough.
For now back to STEALTH mode. Can you see it?
Click the picture above.
I live on the second floor of an apartment. My screened in porch is on the west side facing the parking lot. I use 20 gage magnet wire, 30 lb. nylon fishing line, and small buttons as insulators. I use two parking lot lights as supports.
I use RG-8x to a line isolator then a lightning arrestor, then to a 4:1 balun. The wire is fed through a piece of plastic tubing which is between the metal frame of the screen and the cement wall. A ground wire goes down to two ground rods. This antenna wire is strong and practically invisible. This set-up tunes 80 - 6 meters with my auto-tuner at 100 watts.
Twenty gage copper wire is not sustainable so I now have been using some very thin shark leader line made of 7 thin strands of stainless wire with a 180 pound test. I don't think it will break! It is shorter though, only going to the first light.
I now have an IC-7000 with the AH-4 tuner. All-band operation with the shark antenna! I'm also going to hook up the FT-857D and the FC-40 tuner with a switch at the antenna wire side so I can use either radio. I also added the ground side to the antenna instead of using a ground rod. It's now a dipole.
It seems to catch signals better........duh!
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