If you need an easy-to-install ground system for your 1/4 wave vertical HF antenna, try this intriguing idea from "Classic Clay Presents" (KO4MEX),
Rather than using long lengths of wire, this ground system consists of a large window screen--something you can find at a hardware store or building supply outlet. You roll up the screen and store it in your vehicle before going to the field for your next portable operation.
According to this video, the window screen ground plane works well enough to make it a valuable antenna accessory.
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Here are some notes from the video:
Here is my interpretation of using metal window screen as a ground plane. Wow i was impressed! Despite poor band conditions it seemed to work almost just as well as the long radials and is much quicker to set up. I will be testing it more in the near future when the bands are better and i have more time to expirement. Just wanted to share with yall my expirence with it. I do recommend you try this! I got a roll of window screen at lowes for about $8.00. Thanks for watching. Please CRAM that like button and subscribe for more ham radio things! 73, KO4MEX #hamradio #icom7300 #wolfrivercoils
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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).