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I guess my question is.. Does the ground system need to be “On the Ground” if I can get some resonance from some elevated grounding? I do have a basic understanding on the physics of antennas but never messed with this low of a frequency. If things are the same as with other frequencies, If I can get some reactance from the driven element and a tuned ground to whatever part of a wavelength, I should get some results and more elevation also. Or, is the earth ground and the conduction of the earth itself make a big factor in performance?
I totaly understand that the 3m antenna is no where near even a half wave radiator BUT if one can get a good, balanced, somewhat resonate ground, It should make a difference. I figure I could work at it from a 1/2 wave point and I understand the lengths involved. This is where variable caps, coils, and resistors come in to play. I believe I can make it as big/small as needed with some figuring and playing around.
Is 100 mw worth all of this? I understand the losses in the 3m antenna itself but I want to get all I can get with what I have. (typical radio head, huh) I did fm.. That was too easy. This appears to be a challenge..