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Hi guys, I want to thank al of you for your help! Sounds like a great bunch of guys here.
Well, I guess I did leave out some info about any restrictions I have, as far as what I have been using.
I originally used a 102″ cb whip, that was on the work van that I look out my window, over this 25 year old ac unit. The ac unit has come in handy, with my mag mount scanner antenna, ant 2 meter mag mount whip.
My landlord said he wouldn’t mind if I dropped a copper wire to the outside garden hose, although, that would be 12′, and as usual, the FCC is not very clear if that’s ok. Seems like the FCC has gone metric now, lol. Oh, and I’m confuse about loading coils. A coil when wound is maybe 4″. Unwound a few feet, is a coil measured in its “wound” state or “unwound” state (stop laughing, lol). From my basic antenna knowledge, a whip, as the radiator, and a ground as the other half, sounds to me like a vertical dipole.
On 2 meters, I used to make up a quick handy talkie traveling antenna, with 2 pieces of metal coat hanger. 19″ up and 19″ down soldered to the “back” of an so-239 chassis mount connector, bottom 19″ to the one of the chassis mounting holes, and the other 19″ section to the SO-239 center solder tip. This left me with a nice SO-239 connector to attach my 2 meter ht to with a short RG-58U jumper, male PL-259 to BNC connector for the ht. It was cheap, simple, and I even had the hook part of a plastic coat hanger epoxied to the other half to hang it to whatever I could find to hang it to.
I’m no brain surgeon, but I’ve never liked using a rubber ducky antenna to cook my brains as I was talking. Sorry… I got way off topic, but, this brings me back to my sstran dilemma. I’m an old time ham. We used inches. 19″ was a 1/4 wavelength at 2 meters. I worked in radio (am), and the antennas were all well over 100′.
Ok. I’ll cut it short. I would be allowed to use a 102″ whip either on top of ac unit. Or use the one on my van below my window, power it from the truck, and send the audio down with some shielded Belden wire. Or find a legal fm transmitter, or as the FCC now calls, “intentional radiators” ?????, to send down audio to the van.
I’m not sure, what all the rules of the board are yet. I apologize, in advance, if I’ve broken ant rules.
I’m a big boy now, tell me if I’m off base.
P.S. I want to mention one more thing. I needed some parts for my sstran, and paul from sstran went out of his way to make sure I got what I needed very quickly. He’s a great guy.