Re: 80m Autumn Sprint - Attic Antenna!!
Dick Thompson <wb0dul@...>
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Hamsticks work great. I live in a gated community (retirement mobile home park) in Colorado Springs. I have permission to put up an antenna as long as it isn't too "obnoxious." So, to keep peace I went to a Hustler 4BTV Vertical mounted on the ground. (A neighbor, K0UIV, heard that I was going to put up an antenna, so he put a Hustler 6BTV on his roof, with tuned radial, and hasn't had any complaints from management or neighors). It works fine. But, before I put up the 4BTV I used Hamsticks and still do for 12, 17 & 75 meters. I took a piece of aluminum and attached it to the supports for an aluminum cover over my rear porch/redwood deck. Then I attached a mirror mount and a male quick disconnect on it. At the base of the Hamsticks I used the female quick disconnect. It's easy to change, although standing on a redwood chair to reach up and change bands is/was a pain, it works. There are times I can hear better with the Hamsticks than with the 4BTV. I've never used the Hamsticks in a rotatable dipole configuration, but I've talked to guys/gals that have and they seem to think they work quite well and are "somewhat" directional. Since I have permission from the Management here I will probably try one this Fall or Winter. My neighbors haven't complained (although I had one neighbor a block away that said I was getting into her computer speakers and telephone). A couiple of toroids solved the computer speaker problem and the phone lines were the phone company problem, as she said she was hearing the interference when I wasn't even transmitting. That was an easy solution.
Give the Hamsticks a try. Either configuration (dipole or vertical) may work well. They are a great little antenna. I have several different makes of the, but call the Hamsticks. Kinda like Kleenex. It doesn't make any difference who makes it, it's still Kleenex. :)
Good luck and I hope the "Reasonable accomodation" legislation in the House at present, gets passed and you will be allowed to install a better antenna system.
If you'd like a picture of how I have the Hamstick mounted on my porch cover, provide me with an e-mail address and I'll be most happy to send them to you. You can e-mail me directly at the address below my name.
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From: "Peter Baskind" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2002 7:18 AM
Subject: RE:  80m Autumn Sprint - Attic Antenna!!