Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: panhandle, FL, USA
I use 3/4 wave antennas, so I don't have to deal with ground planes or impedance matching devices. That gives just about the same pattern and strength as a 5/8 wave, without all the complexities.
I pick up a 9' CB whip at a yard sale and cut it down for VHF.
For UHF, I use a piece of 3/8" aluminum rod from the hardware store and run a tap onto the end so it threads into the same CB antenna base.
...and thanks for the reminder that I need to make an APRS harness for the BMW, too :-)
...Hurry up?!? ...Why?
I've got all the rest of my life, to do everything I'm going to do.