If I had a good transmatch and wanted to use a spare CB antenna on the amateur HF bands, would I be better off bypassing its tuning coil completely?
One ham pastime is using an antenna tuner to match a random conductor (house gutters, bedsprings, chain link fence, a head of lettuce…) and use it as a makeshift antenna on ± any band.
But in the case of a too-short monopole element that's been baseloaded to make it resonant at a lower than natural frequency — does that make it even narrower bandwidth and harder to retune than the original whip? Or will the antenna's coil simply work in concert with the capacitors and inductors in my tuner to force a match just as well as without the coil?
Does it make much a difference if I'm trying to electrically re-tune/re-match a loaded antenna designed for 11-meter on a close (10/12-meter) versus completely random (say 75-meter) band?