A new addition to the family click to enlarge all photos
Well the snow has finally cleared and the warm weather seems to just be on the horizon by the weekend it is supposed to be 20C. To celibate the warm weather I felt it was time to do some attic antenna additions. A few posts ago I compared the attic dipoles against the vertical outdoorSidekick. The results were not in favor of the Sidekick at all. It got me to thinking that it was far better to have just all attic antennas. I avoid having to put up and take down the Sidekick outdoors. Also the "condo cops" will no longer be a worry with no more outdoor
antenna. I had always wanted to try the MFJ-1788antenna it seemed like the way to go. I placed my order with the local ham dealer and then I began to think........."What about trying the Sidekick up in the attic???" I emailed the company and they told me that many customers had tried this and were successful. I also placed a posting on the High Sierra user group site. There I go mixed reactions but most were in a positive direction. It was during this brain storming the local dealer called me and said the antenna was special order and did I still want it......Ahhh I thought a way out of the order. I told them to hold off and that I was going to give the Sidekick option a go. First order of business was
to get the 16 ground radials out of the ground if I could. We have had a nice thaw of the snow and it has been raining for some days now so the ground would be soft. To my surprise the radials came out very nice there was just one that broke and I had to add a short piece to it and then heat shrink was added. I mounted the antenna in the attic and placed the 16 radials best I could in a circle around the antenna I crossed my fingers and gave the antenna a go....I only tried 3 bands 15,20 and 40 but to my delete the SWR was 1.2!!!!!! Now tomorrow I have to permanently run the coax today the coax just went from the radio room and up the hatch way into the attic. There is one question I would like to ask my readers and it is this.......As you can see from the pictures the radials are just laid down over the attic floor (insulation) I am at max going to
Radials on the floor
be running 5 watts do I have to have the radials raised off the attic floor. I understand there can be voltage in these wires but also there is electrical cables up there as well with voltages as high as 240 volts. You comments on this would be greatly appreciated.