Brushbeater: Beverages

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Antennas for listening, that is:

Part I

Part II

Note: Those concerned with all of the issues associated with transmitting can and should still listen-only with as robust an antenna (such as discussed above) as possible.

9 responses to “Brushbeater: Beverages

  1. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  2. I will have to mention that these long wire antennas can get expensive, however I found a good hack is to use low cost insulated magnet wire, the type of wire used in motor windings. It comes in absurd long lengths and is very cheap. Combine it with some electric fence insulators and fence posts to keep it straight and not drooping to the ground, and you are in business.

    I also successfully used as a teen, steel electric fencing wire and parts for shortwave antennas.

    On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 10:28 AM, Western Rifle Shooters Association wrote:

    > Concerned American posted: ” Antennas for listening, that is: Part I Part > II Note: Those concerned with all of the issues associated with > transmitting can and should still listen-only with as robust an antenna > (such as discussed above) as possible.” >

  3. If you’ve got the acerage, this is a nice antenna. I went to the local ag-store, and picked up a 1/4 mile spool of aluminum electric fence wire for around $40. Big bag of plastic stand-offs was $10 or $15, although you can roll your own out of PVC pipe/fixture parts.

  4. Are all antenna switches equal?

    • No. Some have as much as 70 db isolation, while others may be only 30 db or less. Some will handle several KW of power while others handle less, sometimes much less. Check the specs and it should tell you. In general, you get what you pay for. OTOH, you can sometimes find milsurp switches for a few dollars at a hamfest, but caveat emptor.

  5. The interesting thing about BOGs (Beverage On the Ground) is that the ground effect makes the wire effectively longer, around double, depending on the soil. This means that a 150′ long BOG has about the same pattern as a 300′ long above ground Beverage. I do use longer above ground beverages where I can, but for several directions, the farthest I can go is about 250′ and the BOG is ideal for this situation. Plus, the BOG is virtually invisible.

    There are lots of other listening antennas, flags and pennants and loops, and they work, but they are anything but discreet. As regards wire for above ground Beverages, I’m with Sparks, aluminum fence wire works just fine, and it is cheap.

  6. Too bad you can’t just trench it in, so it it won’t get mowed.

  7. More info here: http://www.w8ji.com/beverages.htm
    Good website.
    Others have warned about electric fence insulators. Sorry I don’t have a specific reference.