I used a large pizza pan with a mag mount and a HT set-up for several weeks, until I was able to purchase an outdoor antenna and a mobile base. Worked good for me.I have a few questions for anyone who can answer and for anyone willing to give tips/pointers/advice. I have a mag mount antenna base that I want to use to put an antenna I have in my attic. I do not want to fix up an outdoor antenna since I will only be in this house for about a year longer. I decided, based off some help from other hams, that an antenna in the attic is a decent compromise. It is still mostly effective, and I wont have to deal with too many headaches for the short time it is up.
Anyways, it is a mag mount antenna and I know that it needs some kind of metal for the ground. There is a huge metal vent pipe that goes from my attic to the basement, and I am wondering if this will suffice for the ground. It is nearly 20 feet long, but the bands I am going to use are uhf and vhf. Will this negativity affect the performance, or will this help.
Any pointers or advice is helpful in this!