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

Neil L. Little nllittle at embarqmail.com
Tue Oct 6 17:43:29 EDT 2009

There are many types of antennas that are made just for the apartment 
dweller.  For example wire antennas are pretty much invisible Here are 
some other examples:
1. A J-Pole antenna made from twin lead. Hang it out the window wire and 
cable are hard to see.
2. Make a beam antenna from wire which can then be draped over the roof 
in the general direction of the repeater.
3. If you have access to the attic then all manner of antennas may be 
stuffed up there.

Neil, WA4AZL

Greg Brown wrote:
> 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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