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billathome65
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Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:40 pm

Ok I picked myself up a Midland 78 Plus and power supply fairly inexpensive now to look at an antenna from Thunderpole. I'm in the Manchester area and looking for an antenna that will broadcast and receive over long distance? price is an issue but would rather have quality within a tight price bracket. The antennas I was after and mentioned here have gone for more than I was prepared to pay, so It's over to you guys Andy especially to come up with something I can rely on. Up to £50 max give or better still take a few quid.

Are you guys up to the challenge?

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Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:04 pm

Just got meself an 18ft scorpion as i wasn't getting anyone, then again that coud be the swr was over 2 and it wont go down, so this weekend ill be mostly putting up my new ant with bamboo cane sinside to stop the wind from breaking it, then we might be able to have a copy, im near leyland..

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Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:46 am

you should get out ok with that

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Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:24 am

OK 1/2 or 5/8 what's the difference? And does it matter I know one needs a ground plate but what is a ground plate what I mean is would I need a metal post in the ground or would the bracket on the roof where I have an old none functioning TV aerial be a ground plate or a bracket on the wall what are the options if I got the ground plate one and which one is it that requires a ground plate. If I get the one without the ground plate will that be a better antenna??

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Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:12 pm

5/8 wave gives a lot flatter signal output so will reach further


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Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:07 pm

Thanks Stampman I have decided on the Sirio M400 Starduster hope this is a good antenna at £42.00?

Is this a good choice if so will it benefit from a garden cane in it to add strength?

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Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:02 am

you cant lose anything by trying it

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Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:36 pm

It's only a little tiddly 1/4 wave, I wouldn't have thought you would need to supplement it's strength with a garden cane. It should be just fine without any additional structure.

Even the 1/2 or 5/8 wave antennas are normally fine, unless you live in a very windy place.

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