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Use your mag-mount antenna more effectively

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 07:43 AM PDT

Lance, KA2EJD wwrites:

Too often, I find new operators in an event, trying to use an HT with a
rubber duck antenna to get into a net and not making it because the antenna
just doesnt cut it.┬*Often they have a mag-mount, but cant operate from
their car. Unfortunately, they dont realize that there is a way to┬*use that
mag mount antenna more efficiently.
┬*The answer is the Bazooka Ground Plane. A┬*friend of mine give it this
name, and it kinda┬*stuck. As ┬*you can see from the drawings and photo
its┬*an easy build, with all of the materials available from the local
big-box home improvement stores.┬*The only tools needed are screwdriver,
7/16 wrench and sockets, and a drill with a 1/4 bit.

Lance also included some written┬*instructions.

I often advise newcomers to build a 450-╬ę ladder line J-pole antenna to use
with their HTs in this situation, but this is a good way to make use of an
antenna that you already have. Heres a photo of the Bazooka Ground Plane in

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