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Well the Paperclip antenna worked!

posted 26 Apr 2012, 08:02 by markbeermonster@hotmail.com   [ updated 27 Apr 2012, 07:48 by Mark Williams ]
Hi All
Well after lots of clipping together paperclips for experiment I can say "it worked"!
It wasn't a fantastic performer but did very well with the little power I was prepared to try it with(20 watts).

Paperclip HF Antenna



I have received lots of questions regarding this experiment.

But why?

Well.. I really just wanted to know if it was possible, I've heard a few hams over the years say to weak stations "are you using a paperclip for an antenna?"
Is that a ridiculous question or was it a rhetorical question?
Well, that weak station might have actually been using some paperclips or some such makeshift dipole!

It also shows newcomers to the hobby that practically anything could be used as elements, you don't need to go out and buy antennas when you can make them.


Making that contact, maybe a rare DX station is so much better when its on something you've made yourself.


It was a fun antenna to play about with, it couldn't get much simpler.
Have fun experimenting.


A huge thanks to all that have watched the results.

73 de Mark - M0VST

P.S> only 4 days left....
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