[Linux-ham] a HAM question, really..

Greg Brown gwbrown1 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 16:09:48 EDT 2009

I think I'd even have a problem there.. I have tried to extend the antenna
out the window into the courtyard on a piece of metal attached to a metal
filing cabinet but even that did not work (my apartment faces the interior
courtyard on the 2nd floor of a 5 story building (with double-height floors,
so the ceilings (and building overall) are taller than the standing 5 story

Still no luck.  There's got to be a way..

On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 3:48 PM, <donroden at hiwaay.net> wrote:

> Windows ?
> Don WA4NPL
> opps......... can I say "windows" on a linux site ?
> Quoting "Greg Brown" <gwbrown1 at gmail.com>:
>  Ok, people, I've got a problem that's really bugging me.  I had to move to
>> an apartment this year and the building seems purpose-built to block 2
>> meter
>> radio signals.  I have a tri-band HT that is literally worthless inside
>> and
>> a Yaesu FT-1802 50 watt 2 meter radio and a 1/4 mag mount antenna.  In the
>> old house (in Youngsville) I could easily hit the 148.88 repeater even at
>> 10
>> watts output.  Here, in downdown Durham, I can recieve transmissions on
>> the
>> FT-1802 but not push a signal to the repeater (the HT is useless inside,
>> it
>> can't even pick up a useable signal from the repeater).
>> So, what can I do?  The building management already said no to a roof
>> mounted antenna of any kind so that's out.  Can I try a different antenna
>> inside the building?  The building in question is an old tobacco warehouse
>> with foot-thick brick walls (exterior) and interior walls are built using
>> metal studs with drywall over top.
>> There's got to be *SOMETHING* I can do.
>> Any ideas are welcome.
>> Greg
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