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Antenna options for 10 meters
#1
I inherited a Realistic HTX-100 (10m rig), and was thinking about stringing up a wire antenna to see what could be heard. I'm not interested in transmitting just yet, as that would probably require a bandpass filter of some sort, which I currently do not have the funds for. Also, I live in a duplex rental, with no attic access and no trees in my backyard. Any suggestions for a purely listening wire antenna?
Rigs: Baofeng UV-5R, Alinco DR-110T, Realistic HTX-100
Antenna: Stock 2m/440 rubber duck, 2m twin-lead J-pole
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#2
For JUST swl,take a length of wire,12 or 14 gauge,string it up in a room near the ceiling and just just put the end of the wire into the center of the so 239 connector.Simple and easy.The longer the wire the better...........JUST DON'T TRANSMIT ON IT.If you have a cb antenna that would work too.Remember it's for listening only.73,
-george
N7LOH
radioactive since 1990
I even glow in the dark
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#3
Did you get an antenna up? If you do a simple antenna why not do one that you could transmit on also Smile. Why do you think you would need a band pass filter?

A simple dipole cut to length for the tech part of the 10m band could be a good way to start. http://www.hamuniverse.com/10metertechniciandipole.html With the solar cycle coming around the 10m band could be fun. Just hang it as best you can, even if it is indoors or under the eves. An alternative could be an inverted V with whatever you can find to use as a mast for the center. http://www.ccdxc.org/ant_calc.htm. Smile
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#4
I haven't gotten the antenna up. Unless someone knows of a better source in the Eugene area, I am probably going to get the wire and coax at my local hardware store (they're affiliated with Do It Best). I was also wondering if someone could come to my QTH to help me set it up.
Rigs: Baofeng UV-5R, Alinco DR-110T, Realistic HTX-100
Antenna: Stock 2m/440 rubber duck, 2m twin-lead J-pole
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#5
Kris I sent you a PM
73
KC7NHT
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kc7vwq Wrote:I haven't gotten the antenna up. Unless someone knows of a better source in the Eugene area, I am probably going to get the wire and coax at my local hardware store (they're affiliated with Do It Best). I was also wondering if someone could come to my QTH to help me set it up.
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Hi Kris, I was just looking over the site and noticed your post from the beginning of the
year and was wondering if you ever got a 10 meter antenna up? If you still don't have
an antenna up, try making a dipole using about anything. For listening only all you have to do is stick a wire into the center of the antenna connector on the radio. To make a transmitting antenna take about 9 feet of zip cord or 18ft of any other type of wire. A dipole for 28.3mhz is 16.53 ft. So you need 2 wire that when connected to
some sort of insulator are 8 ft 3 in between the center insulator and the end insulator.
Then take a piece of coax and run it to the radio. You can use almost any piece of plastic for the insulators. You can even use tv cable type coax if you need to. I've thrown together dipoles made out of a 10ft chunk of coax and some "speaker wire" and talked all over the country with it. If you don't have something up send me a message. Maybe I'll get bored and make you a small 10 meter dipole. Your radio only
puts out 25 watts peak so I wouldn't worry about a low pass filter. Shouldn't be a problem unless your neighbors are using antennas for TV and you get weak signals. Then your 25 watts might block the receivers enough for them to loose signal but a filter won't help that.
73, Mike KA7HBB
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