Thursday, June 27, 2019

40m QRP with an end fed wire antenna along the ground. Post 1911.

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Australian radio amateur Peter Parker (VK3YE) has come up with another interesting approach to portable antennas. 

The basic idea is simple:  If you don't have any antenna supports, why not lay your antenna along the ground and see what happens?

In this instance, Peter stretches out approximately 20 meters/65.6 feet of antenna wire on the surface of a public park and proceeds to contact VK2MG, about 700 km/432 miles away, with a weak but usable signal.  Peter uses his Yaesu FT-817 for the 40 meter QRP contact.

This antenna is based on a concept published by Mike Toia (K3MT) several years ago.  Mike called this project the "Grasswire Antenna."  You can find plans for this antenna on the right hand sidebar of this post.  Just look under "Grasswire Antenna."

You won't get a strong signal, but you will be able to get on the air.

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