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Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Antennas' started by ZuMBLe, Nov 30, 2010.
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I figured I'd run the tuner behind the antenna to try to get the best match possible after tuning.
Workman BS-1 Indoor Dipole Base Antenna for HAM Radios - eBay (item 220696012301 end time Dec-12-10 13:49:18 PST)
Workman BS-1 HAM - Palco Electronics
I put the other bigger ham one up as a reference or to list the other options they make for dipoles.
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. :blink:
Honestly, A dipole of some sort is about the easiest antenna to make. I'd really consider doing that, making one.
I tend toward making dipoles as opposed to buying an antenna. That dipole can be strung up vertically (one leg of it anyway), so being inside would be the 'biggy'. That being inside is also going to be a problem with RFI, you can almost count on that.
The 'trick' to the whole thing is to make something 'fit' the circumstances you are stuck with. That's going to be a compromise no matter what you do, so pick the compromise you can live with the easiest.
You should try a dipole, you can make it out of almost any wire, and tack it up along the ceiling do not be afraid to bend the ends a bit to get it to fit, wire antennas do not have to be completely straight to work, in fact some work better in a L or V shape.
Do you have the tuner already?
I have a Radiowavs Bazooka dipole laying around which I will try along with the MFJ1622.
In terms of tuners, I have a MFJ 934 and I just ordered a LDG Z100 Plus.
If you have the Radiowavs Bazooka I would sure give it a try.
I think someone here used to run one.......can not remember who now?
Jeff's right, there's all kinds of bends/wiggles you can put in an antenna and it not affect it all that much. If it's too long to 'fit', bending the thing so it will is okay. I don't think I'd bend it back onto it's self, or coil up the 'extra' length, but almost anything else will 'work'.
It's just a thought, but while waiting for that '1622, why not use that bazooka. Run one leg of it up the corner of a room, the other leg along the baseboard. If your ceilings aren't 9 feet tall you'll have a little extra at the top, just fold it along the ceiling or ceiling/wall come together. If you haven't already tried that, you might be surprised. It seems like a good idea to use a corner on an 'outside wall'.
Lots of possibilities, most of them beat not having an antenna.
I'll try the bazooka mounted as you described this weekend. I currently have all my radio equipment at my parents' place since that's the only place I can operate. I'll probably move the TS50 with the autotuner in to my apt along with the bazooka and take it from there. =) Worst case scenario, I'll have a pretty good SWL station. :blushing: