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Old 25 April 2005, 16:18   #1
Country: Other
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VHF Antenna


Anybody know where I can get a 1 meter length of steel to replace my lost whip antenna.

I've tried B & Q and Homebase to no avail. Anybody suggest anywhere else I could buy such an item in your average British Town ?

Lost the last one bouncing round the Solent on saturday and I guess I'm going to lose a few more this year so I'm trying to find some cheap replacements.

My local hardware store had some flimsy steel replacements like coat hanger wire.

Regards Nick R.

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Old 25 April 2005, 16:22   #2
Country: UK - Scotland
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Find a welder and get a stainless welding rod. They're usually 36", though.

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Old 26 April 2005, 02:16   #3
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If you are going down this route may I suggest you get a SWR meter to you can tune it yourself.
Having a badly tuned antenna can damage your radio RX circuits by reflecting some of your TX power straight back.
If you are trying to get the wire to make your own you might try SMC as they are in Chandlers Ford
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