RE: [DML] Re: ham radio antenna
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RE: [DML] Re: ham radio antenna



The problem that most people forget is you cant just stick any old antenna on there that will fit and not mess up anything.  Simply put, if your actually into ham or cb, you need a proper antenna for where your going to be talk.  Through the glass antennas can be trown out right away, you will never get a proper SWR and you'll fight losing power because of line loss and already low gain in the antenna (not to mention a foot tall antenna is not the proper length for 2 meter or ANY HF stuff).  Next, you also need to have the antenna touching metal.  Though stainless isnt the most optimal metal, your antenna needs to have a good solid ground plane at the antenna base (meaning you cant just run a big copper wire to it from the nearest ground point, though I still would for other reasons).  I still havent gotten a chance to take some pictures, but dave has seen my antenna setup a few times before and knows how it was put on.  It all boils down to are you putting the radio in there to really talk and use or just for kicks.  That will determine how far you want to alter to get a good setup for your radio.



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