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PostSubject: Tank whip for homebase   Tank whip for homebase Icon_minitimeWed Jul 17, 2019 12:48 pm

As title really. Will a ¼ wave tank whip make a decent homebase antenna and are there any dos or don'ts with it?
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PostSubject: Re: Tank whip for homebase   Tank whip for homebase Icon_minitimeWed Jul 17, 2019 2:25 pm

Give it a good ground plane i used 102 inch wire eather side fashioned like a V
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PostSubject: Re: Tank whip for homebase   Tank whip for homebase Icon_minitimeWed Jul 17, 2019 3:46 pm

Cheers. I wasn't sure about a groundplane but a couple of wires shouldn't be difficult. Would any old wire do? Like speaker cable?
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PostSubject: Re: Tank whip for homebase   Tank whip for homebase Icon_minitimeFri Jul 19, 2019 8:38 pm

Think of it like this.
A mobile whip is only half of an aerial, the car is the other half.
So using a mobile whip as a base aerial, you NEED the other half as in groundplane radials
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PostSubject: Re: Tank whip for homebase   Tank whip for homebase Icon_minitimeFri Jul 19, 2019 8:56 pm

Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Tank whip for homebase   Tank whip for homebase Icon_minitimeThu Aug 08, 2019 9:25 pm

I used one years ago ontop of a thunderpole 2 homebase antenna , it worked better than the thunderpoles original coil , I'd highly recommend using one especially with a good ground plane
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PostSubject: Re: Tank whip for homebase   Tank whip for homebase Icon_minitimeThu Aug 08, 2019 10:24 pm

Hi. Kebab. I use a Tankwhip with 3" extension for 26.285 H/B with
my 11m Inverted V underneath as g/plane. It will also tune down
to 20m with my MFJ Atu. The Tankwhips are underrated! Also use
2 for mobile use 1 for Mids/Hi's. 1 for low/S.lows. 73's Mike SW.
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PostSubject: Tank whip   Tank whip for homebase Icon_minitimeMon Mar 18, 2024 8:40 pm

I have just tried a tank whip with a magmount fixed to a meter square 9mm thick steel plate . I fixed a cable to each corner measuring nine feet from the centre  of the plate. This was on top of a flat garage roof. I got copies around 6 miles using a superstar 3900 pushing 4 watts. The one thing in my favour  was 200 feet above sea level. I think as a home base its only a temporary fix. But I'm not experienced  with home base setups

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