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PostSubject: Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX    Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX  Icon_minitimeFri Apr 17, 2020 12:55 am

Another video I thought i'd share, which I did earlier this month. Seeing various videos on adding a simple counterpoise to a handheld radio i've seen some decent results, not only on RX but on TX too.

Easily made from bits and bobs you may already have laying around the shack.

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PostSubject: Re: Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX    Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX  Icon_minitimeFri Apr 17, 2020 6:46 am

Nice one Mike 👍 will certainly give that one a go

Great video and many thanks for sharing


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PostSubject: Re: Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX    Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX  Icon_minitimeFri Apr 17, 2020 12:02 pm

Thanks Craig, it seems to work because I made one for the 2 metre band and originally without one I couldn't access a repeater along the coast from me on the Baofeng GT3TP, when I made up a new 2m counterpoise I was able to open it and the signal received from it was marginally better also Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX    Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX  Icon_minitimeSun Jun 21, 2020 3:53 pm

This is a very worthwhile little project to take on, I have added dual tuned counterpoises to my handhelds and have made some up for a friend to add to his handy as I have been so impressed with the results.
I am hearing stations for the first time from a little further afield, increased signal strength from more local ones and would say there is an immediate and noticeable difference.
I used a ground plane calculator to get my lengths choosing mid 2m and the middle of the PMR band and using some scrap wire from an old charging cable it is barely noticeable once attatched to your handset.
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PostSubject: Re: Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX    Add a 'Rat Tail' / Counterpoise to your Handheld for better TX & RX  Icon_minitimeWed Jul 15, 2020 9:33 pm

that is fantastic mike thank you! i got a few to do tomorrow. my daughter,my mate and my neighbor

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I have used rat tails on my HT for years!  They really do work well.  Easy to make.  The rat tail is the ground side of the whip (dipole) antenna.  They are 19in long.  If you don't use a rat tail make sure you hold the HT in your hand because the radios are engineered to use you as the ground side of the radio.

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