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Wooden fence antenna list, Jan. 1999

Rick Todd: I would like to hear some of the ways folks have disguised antennas (mainly verticals) other than as flagpoles.
There are no trees on the lot, except for one that is only 10ft so far /.../ fenced in yard (wooden) 6ft high. Suggestions anyone?
John Matz: This reminds me of my yard about ten years ago. You have a wooden fence. Good.
One suggestion:
Get a good antenna tuner (if you don't have one) and learn how to use it.

2. Get some insulated wire (house wire will work) and an eight-foot ground rod.

3. Put the ground rod in near the fence. That's your coax ground.

4. Put a number of 1/4 wave radiators (234/f in feet), separated, up on the fence ... like 8' for 10m, 16' for 20m, etc., all in parallel to the coax center conductor. They don't have to be straight ... just 6 feet up, and then over horizontally ... or slanted at a 45 or so, and then bent over. Keep as much of the wire as high as possible.
If they can be placed far from the house, then you can put up at least three radiators for three bands easily.
Use the tuner inside the shack.

I've used this method on 75m too. It's not as efficient as some antenna systems, but it is cheap.

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