The top of the V is at about 2.7 metres from the lower roof level, that is about
5.7m from the ground. The picture was taken from the ground, looking approximately towards East.
The balun (RF choke, see details below) is hanging from a rafter, with a butcher's hook.
Horizontal black stripes are telephone and electricity cables, but no RFI/TVI were noticed, probably due to the low power of my transmitter.
The balun of the dipole consists of
10 turns of the coax cable on a plastic container. Coil former diameter is
about 6 cm.|
Competition! I'll pay a drink to the first person that recognises what the coil former originally was! :-)
Although this configuration is not the best, I managed to work US East Coast (with troubles). No problems instead with UA, G, EI, with extremely strong signals. All 10m QRP SSB.
Next step should be to move the dipole a bit higher, that is to hang it at the top of TV mast (can be seen behind). Just have to find a safe way to get all the way up :-) Or at least on the 2nd floor roof.
Photos courtesy of XYL :-)
Left: the fishing rod seen from inside. Right: view from outside, the antenna is almost invisible!
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