Mother Nature must like Ham operators. We’ve been provided with an abundance of tall, non-conductive antenna supports—aka trees—which grow and flourish on their own. When it comes to wire antennas, all many of us have to do is step outside and decide which trees can be easily pressed into service.
Hams who don’t have suitable trees can still build their antenna farm from the ground up. A relatively small open area can host a vertical antenna with great DX potential.
Once you’ve decided which antenna is most suitable for your location, the next step is getting it in the air with the least amount of time and frustration. Here are some tips for getting your end-fed, dipole, or vertical in and on the air.