If you have a balcony you might be able to get away with using
HAMstick radiators (ie a different one for each band). I used to
use a modified CB mag mount antenna on 15 M back when solar prop
was a bit better and was able to work many missionary stations in
South America from Canada with that. The metal guard rail on
balcony served as ground plane. It was one of those 3 section CB
antennas with a base section radiator, then a carbon
composite/center loading device, then top radiator. I removed top
radiator and replaced it with a full replacement uncut 60" VHF
stainless whip. AA-30 showed resonant mid 15 M band so worked well
for me. I suspect one could change the feedpoing radiator mount to
a threaded one that would accept the hamsticks so one could have
access to more bands as well. Over time I have collected the
complete set from 80 thru to 10 M as well as a cut down CB
fiberglas whip to work on 6 M. I use them for HF mobile don't see
why it would not work on a mag mount on a balcony rail also.
Probably have to stick to 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 &10 M because
ground plane restricted by rail length I used a manual MFJ ant
tuner also with them. They arent super expensive either and one
could likelyhave good success with just a 40/30/20 & 10 to
begin with as 40 would likely serve for 15M as it is 3rd multiple
of 40 M freqs. I think MFJ sells the sets and elements now.
On 2020-03-11 12:47 a.m., Christopher Miller wrote:
I was offered a complete V3 from a kind ham. I have a dilemma now that I have a rig.