I would like to present an antenna case study. One that is real world. This is the situation.
Our ham radio operator is new to the hobby, lives in an apartment building, and would like to work high frequency (HF) in a big way. Right on. But he has limited access to the larger ham radio community. What antenna choices can he make given the following parameters?
Let's think 100-watts into QRP operation.
- 5x7 balcony.
- Inset in a stucco building [3 sides].
- Roof overhead (10ft high) and a wood deck for the floor.
- Rails are also wood.
- 2nd floor. No ground to use. No tree to use. Can't get over the roof. Can't drop a wire to the first level.
- Large gas BBQ on deck.
- Any inside antenna has a noise floor of s7-8.
Antenna solutions for our new ham radio operator who wants to operate HF just like all of us?