> Hi all!
> Does the direction and polarisation of an aerial matter for shortwave?
> I know that for FM the signals are polarised, and that for AM/MW
> there's still the matter of directionality (i.e. direction of the
> ferrite rod), but what about shortwave?
> Also; lengths!
> Should I try to be getting around 1/4 wave length, or does it tend not
> to matter too much?
> Once you've bunged an aerial (make-shift or otherwise) up, do you need
> to play around with it much?
> Julie (with a Roberts R861/Sangean ATS-909 with only the included
> telescopic and wire aerials that were supplied).
experiences by using a pair of antennas with different polarization. For
now hang that wire antenna so that it slops from a high point to a low
point will probably capture tons of signals and get you started on the
right path. As a mater of fact you will be surprised how much you can
catch with just that telescopic antenna. Worry less about polarization
and concentrate on listening. That is where you want to advance your
skills for now. The rest will come.
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