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'Random Wire Receiving Antennas' - Gen'l Question...

Aug 14th 2015, 17:08

xof7fox

Joined: Jul 7th 2012, 16:27
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Is it correct to 'generally' expect that for purely receiving voice (this question is not about transmitting) via a random wire for HF (AM or SSB) &/or VHF (FM) &/or UHF (FM) that I will receive more and clearer if I ALWAYS connect the antenna wire to a ground rod? Thx. - Fred.
Aug 14th 2015, 18:32

W1VT

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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No. It is possible that the ground wire connection will suffer from noise contamination with the electrical service. Sometimes one can arrange the wires to get the noise to cancel, if there is no other alternative.

Adding ground radials to shunt noise to ground is more a theoretical curiosity than a practical idea for most shortwave listeners.

The most practical idea may be to experiment with different setups and take good notes, so you can go back to what works best.

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer


Aug 17th 2015, 23:36

xof7fox

Joined: Jul 7th 2012, 16:27
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Thank you Zack. - Fred.

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