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[TowerTalk] Telescoping flagpole as home/portable vertical antenna?

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Telescoping flagpole as home/portable vertical antenna?
From: "Alan NV8A (ex. AB2OS)" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005 15:27:21 -0500
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Yesterday I saw a display of telescoping anodized Al flagpoles that I wondered about as possibly being suitable for use as a shunt-fed vertical antenna at home and for Field Day or other portable operations.

These are available in 16', 20' and 25' models and are designed to drop into a mounting socket embedded in the ground. The sections lock into place by means of spring-loaded pins.

The contraindications for using such a device as an antenna are the difficulty of

(a) getting a sufficiently good electrical contact between the sections


(b) finding a suitable feed point without having to scrape off the anodizing at many different points in search of a position that works.

Other comments?

Alan NV8A

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