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Curious how good of an antenna I had? Aug 18th 2023, 16:53 1 1,454 on 18/8/23

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Curious how good of an antenna I had? KF6HHH on 18/8/23
Tried to find out what I had made and nobody has ever said anything.

I had a 100’ 3-wire electrical extension cord that went bad. I stripped out the wire and used it for antenna wire. I purchased a BALUN which had two posts on it. I attached one 100’ section to one post, another to the other post. I laid the wire on the roof of my house in roughly a “U” shape. It worked quite well on HF, at least for my purposes. Again, the wire was just laying on the tile roof and no insulators were used other than the standard insulation on the wire. So I figured I had a dipole antenna of 200’?

Just curious if anybody has any thoughts on this and what I could have done to make it better?

XYL hates antennas, and we’ve moved, so I’m stuck for now, but hope to figure out something that is similar that I can try in the future.
In-vehicle power system cincpac on 20/11/19
I assume you've figured this out by now as this was posted back in Feb. I am no expert by any means, but just a thought. Car Stereo places have installed 2nd battery systems on vehicles so that the stereo has it's own battery and charging system to power the radio, amps, etc, and not drain the regular veh's battery. You could check with a car stereo place and see what type of set-up they use or suggest.
DMR and Mac WB3KGT on 20/11/19
I'm looking into digital modes myself for the first time. I contacted Bridgecom Systems about their DMR stuff and they advised that I would have to have a Windows emulator on my Mac to download anything. I have been researching putting Windows on the Mac and it appears to be more trouble than it is worth. What was recommended to me was to go to Amazon and get an inexpensive laptop PC and to just use that. They have them for under $100 that look like they would work. Still have more investigation to do though. Just another option if you don't have any luck with finding a Mac program. Bridgecom Systems has videos on it on YouTube. https://www.bridgecomsystems.com

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