[HamWAN PSDR] Antennas Mounted Indoors?
jeff at gritch.org
Sun Apr 23 16:01:43 PDT 2017
Just a thought. I've done this before with excellent results, and also
with very poor results. The glass matters. If it's just standard window
glass, like in a house, it's invisible (well, for all practical purposes)
to RF, and won't present an issue. But if it's "office building glass" (ie,
tinted, etc), I've had cases where it's almost completely opaque to
microwave RF. Might be worth testing with borrowed gear (assuming line of
sight works out) before spending any real money.
On Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 2:57 PM, Grace B Thomson <gracebt at eskimo.com> wrote:
> Hi Bart,
> My view toward Gold Mtn is blocked, but my clear view is more toward
> Bainbridge Island, the Bangor Base, Green Mtn etc.
> Do You think there is a chance that I will be able to make this work? I
> don't mind taking a chance and trying it if there is any hope of it
> Thank You Bart.
> On 4/23/2017 2:22 PM, Bart Kus wrote:
> > More important than the gear will be your signal path. Checking your
> > callsign, I don't see where that building has clear view of the
> > sound. I see it's buried among giants. Do you have any zoomy photos
> > showing Gold Mtn?
> > If you do indeed have a path, then any client should do. Have you
> > read
> > http://hamwan.org/Standards/Component%20Engineering/
> > ? We use a QRT-5 @ The Westing Building (2 blocks from you) to link
> > to Gold Mtn. You can use something higher gain if you have the room.
> > We needed something that could press up against the glass at a high
> > angle due to the orientation of the Westin.
> > --Bart
> > On 4/23/2017 1:24 PM, Grace B Thomson wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >> I live on the 5th floor of an apartment building in Belltown (98121)
> >> with windows facing Southwest. I am on 3rd Avenue, so there are
> >> buildings facing me, but I have a clear shot across the Sound to the
> >> WNW.
> >> I wonder if anyone can advise me regarding an antenna that might work
> >> mounted indoors (near the window) that has a good chance of working
> >> well. Unfortunately, the building does not allow anything to be mounted
> >> outside, so I am limited in this regard.
> >> Would it be better to have a device separate from the antenna (Metal
> >> 5SHPn for example), or a unit with an antenna built in?
> >> If You think an indoor solution is possible, Can You suggest some of the
> >> best hardware configuration alternatives. I am on a fixed income, so I
> >> am looking for an economic solution to start out with. If it looks like
> >> it is possible, I would like to purchase equipment and get this working
> >> within the next month or so.
> >> Thank You in advance for any thought or advice that You may have.
> >> Regards.
> >> 73
> >> -Grace
> >> KC0BTM
> >> NNNN
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