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Longwire Antenna Aug 7th 2011, 20:06 29 14,086 on 14/6/14

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Longwire Antenna WB8ZTP on 14/6/14
The 2014 vacation radio setup at the Outer Banks (OBX) this year was my Yaesu FT-897D with the newly installed LDG AT-897 Plus Auto Tuner. My RG8X coax with alligator clips on the end (For portable operations and quick setup; Longwires, Baluns, Unun’s, Dipoles…) ran ~ 30 feet out a window from the Great Room corner that I commandeered to an LDG RU 4:1 Unun with a short bared coax stub to clip the alligator clips too. From the Unun antenna post a 41’ piece of insulated copper wire ran from the top house deck rail down to a fence approximately 6’ high. From the ground post connection on the Unun (counterpoise) I took copper wire straight down the side of the beach house and had the bare copper wire in the sand running parallel out to the fence under the antenna wire. It worked great! I was able to tune every band I wanted to work (80,40,20,10 meters), SWR was good on all the bands. After folks went to bed one evening I worked stations in Russia, Italy, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and the Ukraine. Didn’t do much daytime operations, too much sun and beach to be inside at that time of day! 73, Mark WB8ZTP
Longwire Antenna WB8ZTP on 29/3/14
Has anyone ever used an LDG-897 or LDG-897 Plus Autotuner on a random or long wire antenna or even thinking how a wire antenna could be configured on the Yaesu FT-897 with this tuner. I’m thinking about getting one for this summers portable operations. Any info is greatly appreciated on the LDG tuner even if it isn’t on a wire antenna. 73, Mark WB8ZTP
Longwire Antenna WB8ZTP on 20/8/13
Martin (KB0HAE),

Thanks for the description of your early random wire antenna. All ideas help! Like you and others have stated, it’s a good way to get a quick start on an antenna in a pinch. 73, Mark WB8ZTP
Longwire Antenna WB8ZTP on 27/6/13
Just wondering if this topic on Longwire antennas should be moved to the: Antennas, feed lines, baluns and antenna tuners section of the ARRL Forums.

73, Mark WB8ZTP

Longwire Antenna WB8ZTP on 22/2/13
With over 6000 views we need more feedback and experiences from folks using Long Wire antennas!
73, Mark Pogany - WB8ZTP

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