2. Solar Powered Light Pole Antenna:
With advancements in low cost solar powered
portable L.E.D. lighting technologies now available, It’s easy
to employ portable security lighting anywhere on your property
without the need for any additional electrical work and you will
have no ongoing electricity costs. Similar in concept to installing
antennas in restricted communities, a solar light is ideal for
situations where lighting may be restricted or challenging to
install. Radio opaque poles with low cost solar powered light
fixtures attached on them can be installed virtually anywhere
for an added sense of security and can be specifically designed
and adapted for your radio operating needs.
If a big signal on 20m is your objective,
try properly spacing and co phasing two security lights.
Solar Energy Light Pole
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3. Satellite TV Dish Antenna:
People will often throw these away so there
free for the taking in many cases. These make an excellent prop
for installing a ham radio antenna because people are used to
the idea of homes using satellite dishes so seeing one installed
in the backyard is not unusual.
Satellite Dish Pole
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To start the antenna installation, place
a 10 foot steel pole in the ground with a satellite dish mounted
on top at the furthest point of the property in the backyard such
as along the fence line. Run a “feed line” from any corner of
the house extending over the back yard running to this satellite
dish. The “feed line” is actually not a feedline at all. Rather
it’s an End Fed Zep" wire antenna which is now supported
by a TV satellite dish pole. Good DX!
If any neighbor asks why the “satellite
dish feed line” is extended over the backyard to the dish mounted
on the pole, simply explain that running it along the ground means
it would get all tangled up in the lawnmower. All you need to
do at this point is simply observe the dumbfounded look on their
face as such an explanation makes perfect sense. That is, if they
should even bother to ask at all. This design should work well
for many hours of SSTV viewing enjoyment or the operation of any
other mode for that matter.