INVERTED V ANTENNA (SKIP / DX USE ONLY)
The Inverted V Antenna is virtually unheard of for CB radio use, yet my experiments have proven it to be quite the performer.
1: Place a wooden pole in the ground that is at least seven feet tall. Run some 50 ohm coaxial cable to the top of the pole. The coax can run from the ground and up the side of the pole, or directly to the top of the pole as shown in the diagram.
Make note, you can use a metal pole. I personally like the idea of using a wooden pole, as I know a non metal pole will not interfere with the antenna in any way.
2: Connect a 105 inch piece of wire to the center wire of the coax cable. Insulate this connection with electrical tape. Connect a 105 inch piece of wire to the shield / braid of the coax cable. Insulate this connection with electrical tape. Do not allow these two wire to touch.
3: Run each wire down to the ground at a 45 degree angle. Attach each wire to a wooden stake. The ends of each wire should be several inches above the ground.
4: Connect the coax cable to the radio and check your SWR. (standing wave ratio) If the SWR is higher on CB radio channel 40 and lower on channel 1, trim one inch off the end of each wire. This process will likely not be needed, as I find 105 inches to be the magic number for all of my half wave dipole antenna projects. Results may vary slightly.
Propagation only antennas like the Inverted V are very amusing when you have skip conditions, as the skip stations sound like locals, while the actual local stations are virtually eliminated. If you like skip but do not like hearing your locals, this antenna is for you.
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