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Antenna for an apartment dweller

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Antennas' started by Shellcracker, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. Shellcracker

    Shellcracker New Member

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    Greetings, all. I am new to radio, both CB and amateur radio service. I received my Technician license last May, and have been reading catalogs and equipment reviews for several months. I have already purchased my first VHF/UHF and HF radios, but I am looking for an antenna that is apartment friendly, I do not have a balcony to mount the MFJ-1622, MFJ-1623, or MFJ-1625. The MFJ-1621 seems to be the best option for my purposes. I have seen mixed reviews for this item on eham and various merchant websites.

    I would appreciate any input on this item, as well as suggestions for alternatives.

    Many Thanks!



    Jim
     
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    RoadRanger Well-Known Member

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    sp5it Master of puppets

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    Magnetic loop in apartment to transmit? GL on that.
    Shellcracker: If you have no space for antennas consider other hobby. Maybe go out of town, set some antennas on the top of hill and enjoy.
    Radiation RF field in apartment is bad idea, especially from magnetic loop if you do not want start transmiting 6 feet deep soon.
    Mike
     
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    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Maybe drop a long wire out of the window?
     
  5. Shellcracker

    Shellcracker New Member

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    Mag loop is not feasible for apartment. 2 meter is covered with N9TAX slim Jim for local work. I can hang just outside in a tree as long as I take it down when done with radio. Mobile will be covered when get new Yaesu 857 in spring. Current 10 meter is Galaxy DX99v2. I do have a location to place the MFJ-1621, but I want opinions about the antenna.

    Thanks!

    Jim
     
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    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    Here is a nifty little project for your HT, and can be mounted on a stand next to a window for full time use or hung from a small string.
     
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    I made one. Had it in my attic when I had my Icom 7100.
    Worked GREAT! (y)
     
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    Slowmover Elmer

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    . . gold-plated brass Slinky

    The places this site takes me, ha!
     
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    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Never mind
     
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    You could try running a wire around the perimeter of the room above the windows.
    Did that when i lived in an apt. not the greatest but it got me on the air.
    Good Luck
     
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    same radiation from a cell phone caused brain cancer
     
  15. Shellcracker

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    Thanks for all the ideas stated in the thread. I also spoke with a local ham who is Product Evaluator for GigaParts, and he says the MFJ-1621 is good enough for the local HF ten meter net. Gonna look for other places to use for DX like sp5it suggested.

    Shellcracker
     

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