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Call Sign : Discovery Posts : 5 Times Thanked : 0 Join date : 2020-06-23 QTH or Location : Siracusa Equipment Used : Several radios, HF, CB, VHF & UHF including PMR. Age : 41
Subject: Help with home made Antenna with copper cable Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:37 pm
I am planning on making my own horizontal dipole antenna using copper cable. I am planning on tuning it for the 11m range in TX. However I plan on scanning mainly and listening around generally in the HF area. I came across speaker copper cable because it is covered in a layer of transparent plastic (picture attached). I think it’s better to have this to protect the copper cable from the elements. That being said a question arises, will it add inefficiency to the copper cable dipole antenna? Will it be better if I just purchase bare copper wire? Or would it have absolutely no effect?
Call Sign : 163-CT-220...MW7TTA Posts : 1938 Times Thanked : 47 Join date : 2019-11-19 QTH or Location : Anglesey North Wales Equipment Used : Yaesu FT-991A,,Yaesu FTDX-10,,Icom ic-7300,,Anytone AT-D878UV PLUS",,LINCOLN II+. Age : 149
Subject: Re: Help with home made Antenna with copper cable Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:39 pm
Covered wire will work with no problem. I have what looks like single strand speaker wire as my main HF aerial TX/RX on it spot on.