Thanks to James Huntly (WH6FQI) for this fascinating antenna idea.

Over the course of my “ham career”, I’ve used aluminum foil, old audio cable, and even saltwater- doused string as antennas with a variety of curious results.  This idea could appeal to radio amateurs who want to inject a bit of experimentation into their operating experiences.

Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content submitted by James Huntly (WH6FQI).  Special thanks to Erik Weaver (N0EW) for the original thought.

Source (email from James Huntly):

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/h/3witcjr3cuvc/?&th=171d80f66d10cdb5&v=c

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I saw this and thought it could be fun!

05/23/2020

Antennas for the Strange Antenna Challenge are to be constructed of
unusual, make-shift, or debris material that may be on hand following a
natural disaster. Past examples include bridges, statues, folding chairs,
bed springs, fences, beer/pop cans, tomato cages, and shopping carts.
Basically, just do NOT use standard pipe or wire antennas. We encourage any
ham who wishes to become their own special event station, by simply
appending /k0s onto your own call sign, and you need to respond to your own
QSL requests. N0EW will be operating the three letter call sign K0S. This
is tons of fun! I encourage you to promote your club with this “strange”
event, and let the media know what you are doing!

check K0S

*May 23-May 25, 0001Z-2359Z, K0S*, Springfield, MO. Erik Weaver, N0EW.
28.400 14.300 7.200 3.900. QSL. Erik Weaver, 4857 E. Farm Rd. 136,
Springfield, MO 65809. Antennas for the Strange Antenna Challenge are to be
constructed of unusual, make-shift, or debris material that may be on hand
following a natural disaster. Past examples include bridges, statues,
folding chairs, bed springs, fences, beer/pop cans, tomato cages, and
shopping carts. Basically, just do NOT use standard pipe or wire antennas.
We encourage any ham who wishes to become their own special event station,
by simply appending /k0s onto your own call sign, and you need to respond
to your own QSL requests. N0EW will be operating the three letter call sign
K0S. This is tons of fun! I encourage you to promote your club with this
“strange” event, and let the media know what you are doing!
erikeweaver@gmail.com


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