I live in a retirement center. The rule here is “Never do anything anywhere at anytime.” That translates to “No Antennas” which I have been told means I can put out an antenna as long as it is unobtrusive and is immediately taken down when not in use or when told to do so.
I have an ~60 foot piece of 22ga wire fed through 33 feet of coax and a 9:1 unun. It’s mounted on the ground (that’s right, no masts and no trees) when run north (0 degrees magnetic = 344 degrees true), what is my radiation pattern, if any?
The coax/wire connection is on a hook ~8’ in the air. The end of the wire is connected to the top of a 4’ fiberglass rod driven 1’ into the ground.
Depending on how far I can get it from my doorway, the center can be up to a foot off the ground, but can also be on the ground for >⅔ of its length.
OK, a couple of updates based on your answers.
Yes, I use the antenna mostly for 40 meters, although, if I can get away with it, I might lengthen to permit use on 80 meters.
I added a better 9:1 unun and a 1:1 choke. I have tested the swr at 40 meters and, surprisingly, it is less than 2:1.
I have a ground floor apartment. All of my neighbors, and I mean ALL, are so araid of radiation that I gave been requested to not use my iPhone in the common areas (yes, they’re that paranoid). I could terminate the antenna in the one tree within 100 yards of my apartment, but, if anyone saw it, stuff would hit the fan.
This town is built on a strawberry bog, filled with rocks and covered with topsoil. The wire is on grass which, because of our climate, is usually damp. I have sealed the end of the insulated wire to prevent the conductor coming into contact with the ground.
And finally, YES, I want to move. This is not a retirement housing complex; it is a gulag!