Must take FOREVER to wrap that much wire - and God help you if it kinks....MikeIf you have a communication receiver and a lot of room running about 400' of wire on the ground(it could also be elevated) makes a great BCB antenna. It's just long enough to receive signals off both the sides of the antenna and off of the ends, too!
I have done this in the past at a little used park near me with my Palstar R30 and it works great.
Not too bad. I bought one of them empty reel spools at Home Depot. It's like the ones that hold 100' extension cord and it has a hand crank on the side of it.Must take FOREVER to wrap that much wire - and God help you if it kinks....Mike
Yes. I did the mod on my MFJ-1025. It works very well on my antennas at home but I usually use it for eliminating noise. Someday I will take it to the park with 2 400' antennas and give it a try.I totally forgot one class of gear that might have value - phasing units (notice I didn't say phasers - I don't want the ghosts of Gene and Majel Roddenberry bothering me, heh). I'm not all that familiar with them, but the theory is that you are able to take a signal from 2 antennas and place it either in phase or out of phase, thus either enhancing or nulling it out. Reportedly you can get even deeper nulls than you can with a loop.
I have a few models, with reviews where known, in the article I gave earlier. From what little I gather, the MFJ units need some surgery before they will work on MW, but once done, the results are reportedly impressive.
And here is a post from a long time ago with a picture of the wire spool. This was before I made the linkage. You have to scroll down to post #88.Not too bad. I bought one of them empty reel spools at Home Depot. It's like the ones that hold 100' extension cord and it has a hand crank on the side of it.
Later on I made a small linkage that fits in my battery drill motor and the other end fits into the side of the spool. Now I just use the drill motor to reel the (#22)wire in without any kinks!
Between the several NRC antenna books enough reading there to keep you busy for weeks.
Either of these will greatly enhance reception on any AM portable.