Cheap but usable wire?

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Trevor
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Cheap but usable wire?

Postby Trevor » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:39 pm

I'm new and am waiting to receive my SDRPlay. Not sure what I'll be using it for.
Can someone recommend some generally appropriate wire to buy to make an antenna?
Ideally a link to Amazon or something equivalent?
Thanks, Trevor.
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mikeladd
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Re: Cheap but usable wire?

Postby mikeladd » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:39 pm

I assume by wire antenna you want to listen to HF.

This is what I use.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1000-Feet-20-A ... 1438.l2649

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Trevor
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Re: Cheap but usable wire?

Postby Trevor » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:06 am

Thanks.
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SDRnerd
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Re: Cheap but usable wire?

Postby SDRnerd » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:04 am

Trevor, I use old US-army telephone wire. It is made from mainly stainless steel strands and a few copper strands. This offers a very good strength and good conductivity. It is dual wire and dates from 1953! and is sold on reels of a quarter mile. I paid €20 for a reel a few years back. The wire lasts a lifetime.

Good luck!

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ON5HB
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Re: Cheap but usable wire?

Postby ON5HB » Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:31 pm

Hi Trevor,

You can use cheap steel-wire with a zinc coating of about 2mm thick.
A roll of 100m will cost about 20 euro/pound and insulators can be found for horse-electrical-fences.
Most simple and effective antenna is a single wire of about 50m long en some counter like a fence.

Just Google for "simple long wire antenna" plenty ideas but often a simple piece of long wire working well.

Even SDRplay has a good video on how to make a simple antenna:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUwAOvgMkfs

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Greetings,

Bas - ON5HB


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