Ham Radio-Can an antenna work while laying on the ground?
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Can an antenna work laying on the ground? The short answer is yes. In this video, Kevin Loughin (KB9RLW) discusses ground mounted antennas in a variety of scenarios--most of which deal with significant noise reduction of received signals.
Many radio amateurs and short-wave enthusiasts (SWLs) erect "ground hugging" Beverage Antennas to boost received signals.
Kevin does an excellent job of discussing the pros and cons of these close to ground antennas.
If you're interested in ground supported antennas, check out articles by KK5JY and K3MT on the internet. Mike Toia (K3MT) has designed an HF antenna called the "Grasswire" which performs well for its design constraints.
Here are some general comments from Kevin:
Thanks for joining us today.
Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).