Having some time ago come to the conclusion that (despite being great as a portable) my MP1 is unsuitable for my back garden, where the QRM makes it virtually unusable, I have decided that the time is right to make my own antenna.
At home, I use 20m more than anything else, so a “simple” wire dipole for 20m is the obvious choice.
Searching the inter-web, I know exactly how long each leg needs to be (yes, I know to cut long and tune) but what no-one ever seems to mention is the wire type.
Should I use:
- plain copper or copper-clad steel
- solid or stranded
- bare or enamelled (or other insulation)
And what guage wire should I use?
I know a number of you build your own, so any opinions are welcome