PVC 800 mhz scanner antenna

Status
Not open for further replies.

bms

Member
Joined
Jan 11, 2002
Messages
6
Location
Maryland
Hi:

I would like to make a cheap covert scanner antenna for outside the house. The counties are mostly 800s but I also want to listen to railroad, some marine and other VHF frequencies. Right now, I have indoor rubber ducks on my TRX-1 radios.

What do you think of a ½ PVC pipe with a wire inside?
What is better, PVC or CPVC?
What about schedule 40?
Should I have one wire from the center conductor or does it have to be a dipole?
How long should the wire(s) be?
Am I correct it doesn’t need a ground if it’s a dipole?
Do I need lightning protection if it is not higher than the peak of the house?
Can the PVC and wire be painted to match the house?
Can I use 50 feet of coax or ladder line?
Can I use one antenna for two radios?
There are very tall trees in my neighborhood. Can the antenna be near the peak of the house or does it have to be higher considering the next to further distance one system is 22 air miles to the antenna amd about 30 miles to the furthest?
Thanks.

BMS
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top