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Stealthy Rope-Light Antenna?

Aug 26th 2016, 18:50

NE6F

Joined: Jul 11th 2016, 18:01
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Would a 65ft incandescent rope light work as a long wire, end fed, antenna? Possibly using the AC power cord as a feed line to an antenna tuner.

I've Googled and cannot find any trace of information on the subject.

I'm looking for an extra stealthy antenna design.

How about running a long wire antenna with insulators at both ends and then secure the rope lights to it?
Aug 27th 2016, 15:05

WA0CBW

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Although your idea would make a "stealthy" antenna the mixing of an antenna and any kind of AC power electrical distribution is an extremely bad idea not to mention the violation of several National Electrical code rules. For you safety and that of others please do not attempt this.
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Aug 29th 2016, 19:14

NE6F

Joined: Jul 11th 2016, 18:01
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Sorry, I guess I did not make it clear that my idea is NOT to connect the lights to the AC mains at all. The rope light AC feed line would only be terminated into a antenna tuner. The rope light is the antenna NEVER to be connected to an AC supply..

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