I have an Icom AH-4 with a random wire antenna. I have a fence around my property that is 60 feet long by 70 feet wide. The outdoor tuner is placed at the begining of the 60 foot section which leads to the 70 foot section. I intend to both receive and transmit. I would like to be able to tune 80 through 10 meters and have used a webpage with a chart which suggests that I use between 134-136, 140-142, 150-152 or 169-171 feet of wire to make my antenna.
- I can only buy outdoor wire in 100 or 500 feet lengths. Can I buy 2 X 100 feet of 16 guage PTFE cable and splice them with solder in the middle? I don't really need 350 extra feet of wire.
- Does it really matter if I make the right angle turns at the corners and go around the fence?
I do not need suggestions about other types of antennas unless they are shorter in height than 6 feet. HOA rules.