Topband: Re Small lot antenna idea

k3bu at k3bu at
Fri Feb 9 15:10:06 EST 2007

> I have been using a screwdriver antenna on the back of my 
> truck for 80 meters and up and it has worked OK. I have about 
> 150' of coax going out there. That works because the antenna is 
> on my truck, not the house or in the yard. However, it isnt 
> going to work on 160 because my truck isnt enough of a 
> counterpoise. 

It will, just run piece of wire from the top of the coil to short mast on the front bumper (insulated). 
You should be able to tune the antenna on 160. I did that with my 80m Hustler mast and coil, by sliding the end of wire up and down (changing capacitance to car body) I was able to tune it within the band about 50 kHz. Ugly but works :-)

73 GL  Yuri, K3BU

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