My First Antenna

Today, I constructed my first HF antenna.

As an exercise I set out to construct a simple diplole antenna at our farm in South Gippsland Australia. There are two trees located near our little farm house. I measured between them, about 11 meters. So, this was going to be a half wave dipole operating on 20m band.

I purchased a 20m roll of enameled wire for $10.

We have miles of plastic bale twine so I tied up about a dozen lengths and strung it up to support the middle feed of the antenna.

I had about a 20m length of rg58 coaxial cable which was enough to reach from my window to the centre of the antenna.

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