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Re: How big is the antenna for one of these things (archive)

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Posted by Mike Weston on January 13, 2000 at 08:10:55:

In Reply to: How big is the antenna for one of these things?(e) posted by CRW on January 12, 2000 at 11:33:08:

: : : : If so, what's involved in getting one? Does the "code free" statement mean I don't need to learn moris code?

: : : All you have to do is pass a 65 question test with about a 75% score. The questions cover FCC rules and some VERY basic radio and electronic circuit knowledge. The test is very structured, and the entire question pool with answers is available for study. No Morse code. This gets you a Technician class license with full operating privileges above 30MHz. Piece of cake.

: : : Rob L

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: : If any of the other hams are interested, I have managed to install a VHF/UHF radio AND ANTENNA with no holes. Ended up using the towing hook as an antenna mount.

Depends on what band you will be using. For the bands that most folks use in the car, I have seen antennas that are as short as about 2-3 feet (the one that I am using now is). With the base of the antenna mounted at the tow hook level, the tip of the antenna is just above the trunk. Because the antenna is so low, it does reduce my coverage to the front, but the antenna is almost impossible to see.

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