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KX1 portable antenna

eric norris
Arnie, et al:

I have not had much luck with wire antennas from a hotel room--usually there's no way to string the wire. With a balcony, i clamp a Buddistick to the rail angling it out 45 degrees and lead a counterpoise back into the room. Always tie a safety line to the antenna in case the clamp fails!  Get the highest floor you can with the clearest view out (I have been able sometimes to get another room if it is a poor radio location). If there is no balcony but the window opens, clamp it to the window rail or a chair. If there are no opening windows, set it up in front of the window on a little tripod though this does not work nearly as well.

You might also look at an MP-1 for this purpose.  

Have fun!

Eric WD6DBM

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Re: KX1 portable antenna

Mel
Hello all,

Back some years, I traveled a lot for the company and had the opportunity to take, pardon the vintage gear, an SBE-33 and a home built tuner, some fishing leader line, coil of #16 AWG wire, Plus a large coil of #30 enamel wire.  Like mentioned before, getting to the top floor was the challenge.  Most times, I would be able to snake out the wire onto plastic helpers, and get the wire out some distance.  On 75 m, something around 60 ft, seemed to be right for the tuner to get a decent SWR.  I used the #16 AWG to tie onto any copper ground I could find.  Some times it was the steam radiator, other times the, pardon the reference, phone line, hi.

In any case, it allowed me to keep comm with a lot of the local hams and made traveling for business more of a pleasure in the off hours. 

Keep up the effort on comm where possible.

Mel. K6KBE



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Arnie, et al:

I have not had much luck with wire antennas from a hotel room--usually there's no way to string the wire. With a balcony, i clamp a Buddistick to the rail angling it out 45 degrees and lead a counterpoise back into the room. Always tie a safety line to the antenna in case the clamp fails!  Get the highest floor you can with the clearest view out (I have been able sometimes to get another room if it is a poor radio location). If there is no balcony but the window opens, clamp it to the window rail or a chair. If there are no opening windows, set it up in front of the window on a little tripod though this does not work nearly as well.

You might also look at an MP-1 for this purpose. 

Have fun!

Eric WD6DBM

Sent from my iPhone
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