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Broch

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Jan 18, 2009
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I've even used one of those cheap telescopic fibreglass flag poles (just not used the very thin top section 'cos it waves about too much). If the ground takes it, I hold it up using one of those screw-in washing line things - a metal one can be used as an earth as well :)

 
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Oliver G

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I made some pole sections from a load of 22mm PVC pipe and a handful of straight connectors. If you cut four lengths of pipe to about 50 cm and solvent weld a Tee piece to one you use as a top you just slot them together. Then tie the top of the slim jim to the tee and use a bit of lace to hold it in place at the top you get quite a serviceable mast for about £7.
I used the 22mm pipe because when you wrap it in fabric tape it's just the right size to slot into molle. I can send a picture if that helps explain it.
 
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SaraR

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I mean you can hang the slim jim antenna of anything non-metal, so it doesn't have to be up a pole, it's just that when I activate and chase SOTA I want as much height as I can get. I know people hang it out windows and such and any tree-branch would probably do too.

Another interesting option is the flower pot antenna. I've been tempted to try that out, but I'd need to get some suitable pipe first. :)
 

Oliver G

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I made a flower pot antenna last week, I've yet to try it in anger. I got a length of Black PCV pipe from screwfix for about £3.

You can get a couple of flower pot antennae out of the single 3 meter length so if there's another ham near you could could always have a building session.
 
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