Sometimes the antenna was installed at a chimney, so no any mast was
required. Up to our times the antenna is used for the radio
reception (References [2,
Figure 1 Design of
the broom antenna
(Note by I. G.:
I had a book published at 1922 in Moscow
where BA was described. However, at the book the antenna had
a Reference back to 1916 year. It is a pity that I cannot take
with me the old book in Canada. It is
need to have a permission for any book older then 50 years to
take the book abroad of Russia.
It is not easy to obtain such permission, so lots old books
were lived by me at Russia…
01 shows a broom antenna from a book published at
1938 (original scan from book by A. P. Gorshkov
“Handbook of Radio Amateur: Questions and Answers”, published
in 1938 in Moscow)
See also at
horizontal antenna, competitor for the BA (Figure 02, original scan from the
The horizontal antenna was mostly popular at the 30s.)
At the magazine
was written that an US
company ‘Central Equipment Ltd’ produced the Broom Antenna.
Wire going from the broom to a receiver was thoroughly insulated
from walls with special insulators. Inside room the wire go
through a special ebonite tube. It is pay attention the very
careful isolation of the antenna wire from the nearest objects.
A special grounding kit was included
to the antenna.