I have posted this question on other forums and getting mixed answers.
I have a KX3 W/ATU, DRF, etc....
I want to operate from the gulf on the oil rig I work.
Antennas always the question.
My options are to get the Super Antenna MP1 and set it on top of the helideck that is a 40'x40' square iron plate, or an end fed wire antenna hanging down the side of the structure.
I do not have a antenna analyzer so getting the MP1 on the spot would be kinda hard, but not impossible.
I wanted the MP1 for super fast deploy and retrieval. Helicopter on a 5 minute final is all the notice I will get to retrieve the antenna.
End fed 9:1 unun or without balun is the other option.
I can let it hang downward toward the water however it will be extremely close to the metal structure.
Using a fishing pole I could get it away from the structure somewhat but its windy out there.
If I use the wire antenna without a balun, I would still have to use coax ran down the fishing pole to the wire.
Should I just use the 9:1 unun balun fed with coax to the end of the pole then start my wire?
Not sure how to setup or what to use. I'm looking for opinions. Now that I am 100% QRP/P I do not want to invest in big antennas, but I do want effectiveness.
Look at the image below, I am on top with my Arrow working SO-50.
Any ideas on how I could try and setup an antenna??
The platform is pyramid shape and I would like to operate from the highest point. Its a long walk from the bottom to the top with your gear.
220 steps to be exact!!
Anyway, what do you all think?