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Old 11-29-2013, 2:16 AM
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Default Help Identify unknown antenna

I have found this antenna in a dark corner of the local second hand store for a dollar.
Anyone have any idea what its use was/ what frequency or band it may be useful for?
The element is about 92" long and it has an unknown circuit in its base.

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It says 'Apelco' on the base.
The label says its made by 'Ireland', A company in Miami, Florida, that seems to be gone.

Hoping I can use it to pick up some new signals.
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:47 AM
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Looks very much like a Loran-C receive antenna.

Loran-C worked down in the long wave band, around 100KHz. The circuitry in the base was often an amplifier/tuned filter to help pull the signal out of the noise.

Loran C is mostly shut down. The antenna might be useful for parts or to build something else. The circuit at the base would need to go since it'll limit operation to the long wave band.

For a $1, you might be able to find some use for it. Removing the circuit at the base might make it into a decent low band (30-50MHz) antenna.
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Old 11-29-2013, 5:47 PM
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Thanks for the info. I'll see what I can do with it.
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