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Old 11-30-2010, 12:11 PM
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I've been playing with the idea of building a 11/10 meter loop antenna for my 1st floor apt but I'm becoming quite discouraged. I installed a SWL antenna around my bedroom by the window and can barely hear any 11 meter stations. Which brings me to the MFJ 1622. Anyone have any experience with these? I'd be running a LDG Z100 Plus behind it.

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I don't have one, but I've made a few of them. If you do the 'tuning' right, you won't need a tuner. Basically find a tap for 10 meters and one for 11 meters. How well does it work? Needless to say it won't be 'perfect', but it should at least match a mobile antenna of the same length. It should be marginally better than the indoor antennas you have, maybe.
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Good info, as always. It's not easy being a radio enthusiast in NYC.

I figured I'd run the tuner behind the antenna to try to get the best match possible after tuning.


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Workman BS-1 Indoor Dipole Base Antenna for HAM Radios - eBay (item 220696012301 end time Dec-12-10 13:49:18 PST)

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No way I could stretch out 32 feet worth of antenna inside my apt. I suppose I can string it from my kitchen, through my living room and then my bedroom but that's a bit much.. Haha.


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I was referring mainly to the BS-1 LMAO!! I run one of those BS-1 when its storming out Ive made DX contacts with 20 watts pep with one of these BS-1 the ends are 9 foot long. I have it run along a laundry line on our inclosed porch.

I put the other bigger ham one up as a reference or to list the other options they make for dipoles.
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The ebay listing said 16.5 feet on each side! Haha.

How would this dipole compare to the bazooka? It's cheap enough that I should just try it out.

My problem is I'm on the 1st floor of a 6 unit building (2 units per floor). Right across the street are similar buildings so I don't have a clear shot anywhere. =/ I guess the only thing worse would be if I were in the unit at the back of the building or if I lived in a lead box.



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I put the other bigger ham one up as a reference to the other options they make for dipoles.

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ZuMBLe,
Honestly, A dipole of some sort is about the easiest antenna to make. I'd really consider doing that, making one.
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