Category Archives: longwire

6m back on the air; confirmed ground enhancements

I am now fully 6m-capable for the first time in almost a decade (I don’t count mobile setups). I installed another 10 ft mast in my yard using my new technique of pounding in short fence posts about 1 ft … Continue reading

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Antenna measurements; neat webSDR resources

I had to do a total overhaul to my antenna tuner due to water ingress.  My poor variable capacitors were literally swimming in water.  Instead of adding more and more layers of waterproofing goop to the mailbox, I decided to … Continue reading

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EZ-NEC comparisons of longwire to dipole

I thought it might be fun to play a bit with EZ-NEC and model my longwire.  A good standard for comparison for any antenna is a halfwave dipole, so I plotted the two patterns together for various frequencies. The assumptions … Continue reading

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Extended longwire length a big hit

I was skeptical that additional wire would make much of a difference.  I’m only about 15 feet off the ground and in hilly terrain where I’m not at the summit. But curiosity got to me and I had some time … Continue reading

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