Lawn Chairs Antenna

Lawn Chairs on the Air!

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!

Lawn Chairs Antenna

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.

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