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Author Topic: Long Wire or Dipole for HF/SW RX?  (Read 3583 times)

Offline Pigmeat

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Re: Long Wire or Dipole for HF/SW RX?
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2017, 0319 UTC »
There's always the old reliable Windom. You can find the formula for building one on any antenna site and it's been a proven performer for a century. Wire element w/ an offset wire feedline cut to resonance for your preferred frequency. Hook the feedline a simple tuner to match it for wide band listening/ transmitting. It's dirt cheap and it works.

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Re: Long Wire or Dipole for HF/SW RX?
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2017, 0447 UTC »
There's always the old reliable Windom. You can find the formula for building one on any antenna site and it's been a proven performer for a century. Wire element w/ an offset wire feedline cut to resonance for your preferred frequency. Hook the feedline a simple tuner to match it for wide band listening/ transmitting. It's dirt cheap and it works.

I forgot about that antenna. Definitely would be a good, simple antenna for someone to try out. No coax needed.
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Re: Long Wire or Dipole for HF/SW RX?
« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2017, 2008 UTC »
With any fed wire antenna one should expect rfi. No one cared about rfi much when the windom was created as everything was tubes and we had nowhere near the amount of rfi emitting devices in the given urban setting - concentrated in the home, but by all means try one and see how goes it.
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