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[TowerTalk] More on 75/80M Antennas

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Subject: [TowerTalk] More on 75/80M Antennas
From: (Jim Lux)
Date: Mon May 19 10:10:35 2003
And you tell the neighbors and HOA that you're conducting a "homeland
defense exercise" during the contest? ("I'm sorry, I'm not at liberty to
disclose any of the details of the exercise.")

Or, do you claim that your vertical is "designed to receive broadcast TV
signals" (however poorly) and use the OTARD rules to beat them back.
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From: "Fred Roberts" <>
To: "Tower-Talk" <>
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 1:47 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] More on 75/80M Antennas

> Hi-
> Most of us who live on small city lots seem to couple a pair of
> diametrically-opposed words together when we consider 80M vertical
> antennas.  The two words are "efficient (or effective)" and "small".
> The only somewhat serious antenna thought I had a while back was to put
> up a quarter-wave 80M vertical right at the edge of my front sidewalk.
> It would probably have a top hat and a small coil somewhere in the
> middle.  And, it would be installed during a contest or to chase a
> DX-pedition, but other times it would be stored along side the house -
> and that would be most of the time.
> Insofar as radials are concerned, some would certainly be run back
> towards the house and along either side of the house.  BUT, if I drilled
> through the curb and ran a copper pipe under the sidewalk and connected
> it to the vertical "base" (likely a pipe in the ground), I could then
> run radials down, across and along the street - just nail them down to
> the street and pour tar over the radial wires (I know from experience
> the time to do install radials like this would be in the middle of the
> night when no neighbors are out and about (they could be named
> "stradials", an acronym for "street radials").
> When operating it would likely be necessary to put some of those orange
> traffic cones out in order to meet (or at least approach) the FCC's
> "radiation rules", and maybe I might have to dump some dirt on the
> sidewalk so as to justify the orange traffic cones when my neighbors see
> them in the morning.  And then ...
> Amazing what hams who live on city lots spend their waking hours
> thinking about, isn't it?
> 73-
> Fred, W6TKV
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