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Quick and dirty 50 MHz halfwave wire vertical antenna

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: This is post 2504 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. Thanks to Australian radio amatuer Peter Parker (VK3YE) for this simple, effective halfwave vertical antenna for 6 meters. Exploring the "Magic Band" with basic antennas can be a lot of fun.  The cost is moderate and materials are readily available for the antenna experimenter. Here are some of Peter's observations: Don't have an antenna for 50 MHz? Many people don't. Here's a quick half wavelength vertical that will get you on 50 MHz in no time. All you need is 3 m of wire (for the element), a support pole, a variable capacitor that goes up to about 60 pF (a lesser maximum like 20 pF would also be OK), a short section of 9mm dowelling and some extra wire for the coil and radial. I tested it on WSPR with VK3II 50km away as receiving. I was a similar stre