04-30-2012, 05:02 AM
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Reading, PA
Originally Posted by W5LZ
Just for grins, find some small, unobtrusive looking wire. Tie a weight on the end of it and throw it on the roof (or over the roof). Stick the other end in the antenna jack. You might be surprised at how well that can work. How long? Beats me, it really isn't too critical, whatever length 'fits'.
Are you fairly close to a window? That window frame, or screen made from metal? That give you any ideas? If it will conduct electricity it can be used as an antenna. No, don't use the house wiring! At least not if it's 'hot'...
I ran a wire dipole (horizontal) in my attic at my last place...it worked well on the 20-500 range. I ran a dipole because I was told it was still needed for even a scanner/receiver, and not just a transmitter...not sure how true that is or not?
I've also used a Wilson 5000 and a Hustler CB
antenna for a scanner before, it worked better than having the antenna on the inside of the car.