When Nashua Area Radio Club President Emeritus Ed Deichler, K2TE, wrote an article about his attic antennas last year, he included photos of this Attic antenna layout. I spotted some folded lawn chairs stored up there and suggested he just open them up and load them as radiators. Evidently, everyone just laughed it off. Over the years I have experimentally loaded many items from wire hangers to entire automobiles as antennas and fed them. After all, a tuner will load your rig to practically anything!
Who does not have a couple of lawn chairs? Well, I assure you that the Lawn Chair antenna does exist! This is for the “I don’t have room for an antenna” challenged!
The K2MIJ (Shirley, NY) Lawn Chair Antenna – What started out as a lark has now turned into a serious endeavor. I am trying to Work All States running 5 Watts into a pair of folding aluminum lawn chairs as my antenna. Seeing how well things have gone so far, I am also going make a serious attempt at working DXCC! If you would like to help me reach my goal, check out http://www.qrpspots.com/ I will be self-spotting when and where the “Lawn Chairs” will be!- Modes: Phone (SSB) and CW – The Lawn Chair antenna is fed with a Yaesu FT-817nd @ 5 Watts, A 4:1 Balun, 6 Feet of RG8X Coax into an LDG Z11 Autotuner.
Lawn Chair DXCC Countries/Entities worked list – Hungary – the Canary Islands – Germany – Sweden – Ireland – Poland – Czech Rep. – Russia – Wales – Spain – Trinidad & Tobago – Greece – Slovenia – Belgium – Cuba – Puerto Rico – Canada – Bermuda – Croatia – Scotland – St. Lucia – England – Bonaire – Austria – Azores – Italy – Belarus – Jamaica – Martinique – Aruba – Slovak Republic – Isle of Man – France -Antigua and Barbuda – Dominican Rep. – Turks and Caicos – Venezuela – US Virgin Islands -Netherlands – Ukraine – Lithuania – Sardinia – Serbia – Denmark – Portugal – Northern Ireland -Brazil – Morocco – Alaska – French Guiana – Grenada – Switzerland – Latvia.Follow or Contact Us: