]Definitely an electrically shortened antenna. Can't imagine that it would perform all that well from inside a building.
They didn't work well at all. A friend had one, he was renting a room in a house and wanted to put up an antenna (Starduster) but the landlord wouldn't allow it, didn't want holes in the roof from a tripod mount and when we said we could attach it to the existing chimney, he said it would ruin the bricks & mortar. He bought one of these and tried it, it was worse then transmitting from his car.
We finally hid a dipole in the trees, which worked way better.
A few years ago I acquired a NOS Homing Pigeon. Used one as a kid for awhile until the .64 Wave Radio Shack antenna went up. Anybody else use one of these?
I had one many moons ago. Worked fairly well for me back then. I have actually been looking for one now that I live in a strict HOA.
If you have a decent tree in your HOA yard get some camo paint and a A-99 and stick it up in the tree. Camo your coax too that comes down the tree and then bury what needs to run across the yard. Theres more than a couple guys around here that have done that and it works extremely well. Attic mount dipoles are ok but having an outside antenna is even better. A 102" whip on the rain gutter can work well too. The gutter itself will work as a ground plane if you get a good connection otherwise just add at least 108" of wire to your mount and put it inside the gutter. You can just about mount a whip to anything and get it to work. I did that many times over the years when living in apartment complexes. I was able to talk about 30 to 40 miles barefoot on a Royce 1-641 doing 15 pep AM and 19pep SSB. With the new export radios doing 30 or more watts you could talk all over. Or a good used ham rig doing a 100. Whatever your fancy. 73's
Post by SIX-SHOOTER on Oct 31, 2020 17:27:00 GMT -5
I had one in some stuff that came from a friends CB Shop when he passed away & the SWR was not great nor was the performance.I think a good mag mount sitting on a metal pie pan,refrigerator,washing machine or other metal object would work better.If you lived in a high Rise apartment maybe it would be OK but I don't know what the power rating is either but it can't be much the way it was built.
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