Antenna Question: Need advice

Antenna Question: Need advice

Post by rgra » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 09:07:06

I want to run an antenna in my attic to pick up SW signals. I plan on
running speaker wire, possibly in an up down zig zag pattern on the rafters.
I checked out the web pages regarding antennas but being technically
illiterate, gleaned little from them.

Here are the questions that I have:

1. Is speaker wire okay? Should I use a different type?

2. What's the minimum distance the antenna should be away from far away from
electrical wiring?

3. If I don't have one strand which will reach, is it okay to splice the
wire on another strand? What would be the best way to do this?

4. Is a zig zag pattern a good way to lay out the antenna or should I make a
big straight loop with it? A bunch of loops? Would a horizontal zig zag be
better? Would it matter?

5. Should I have anything on the ends of the wire or leave them bare?

Any help you can give me will be greatly apprechiated.

 
 
 

Antenna Question: Need advice

Post by Activesignals.c » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 10:13:00




Quote:> I want to run an antenna in my attic to pick up SW signals. I plan on
> running speaker wire, possibly in an up down zig zag pattern on the rafters.
> I checked out the web pages regarding antennas but being technically
> illiterate, gleaned little from them.

> Here are the questions that I have:

> 1. Is speaker wire okay? Should I use a different type?

> 2. What's the minimum distance the antenna should be away from far away from
> electrical wiring?

> 3. If I don't have one strand which will reach, is it okay to splice the
> wire on another strand? What would be the best way to do this?

> 4. Is a zig zag pattern a good way to lay out the antenna or should I make a
> big straight loop with it? A bunch of loops? Would a horizontal zig zag be
> better? Would it matter?

> 5. Should I have anything on the ends of the wire or leave them bare?

> Any help you can give me will be greatly apprechiated.

1.  Yes speaker wire will work.
2.  I would recommend 12"
3.  Yes, and you may want to solder.
4.  Zig zag will work fine.
5.  Bare is fine

Hope this helps
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Antenna Question: Need advice

Post by Richard Ber » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 10:52:54




>>I want to run an antenna in my attic to pick up SW signals. I plan on
>>running speaker wire, possibly in an up down zig zag pattern on the rafters.
>>I checked out the web pages regarding antennas but being technically
>>illiterate, gleaned little from them.

>>Here are the questions that I have:

>>1. Is speaker wire okay? Should I use a different type?

>>2. What's the minimum distance the antenna should be away from far away from
>>electrical wiring?

>>3. If I don't have one strand which will reach, is it okay to splice the
>>wire on another strand? What would be the best way to do this?

>>4. Is a zig zag pattern a good way to lay out the antenna or should I make a
>>big straight loop with it? A bunch of loops? Would a horizontal zig zag be
>>better? Would it matter?

>>5. Should I have anything on the ends of the wire or leave them bare?

>>Any help you can give me will be greatly apprechiated.

> 1.  Yes speaker wire will work.
> 2.  I would recommend 12"
> 3.  Yes, and you may want to solder.
> 4.  Zig zag will work fine.
> 5.  Bare is fine

> Hope this helps

Whats the best way to connect this type of antenna to a portable
receiver like the Sony 7600GR?  It has a headphone jack type antenna
input.  Can I just wire one up and plug it in to the receiver or do I
need something in between.  I'm pretty new at this.