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Dear Chris, I inherited an old radio form the early 50s. with a short piece of copper wire attached to the back terminal I could pick up AM stations and lots of other channels. It still works. I am now refinishing my attic and want to put something inside the roof rafters to act as an antenna. Will a long heavy gage copper wire work if I snake it along the roof? Any ideas? Sincerely, Dick Schlueter

That should work just fine, Richard.

AM broadcast radio frequencies involve very long wavelenghts and therefore long antennas work best.  I wouldn't worry about using heavy gauge wire, thin wire will work just as well.

Chris Bushman
Colfax, California

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I have been an amateur radio operator for about 41 years.


In real life I managed a small motion picture film lab in Hollywood. I've been a fireman, a teacher of English in Okinawa, a personal computer tutor. I am an Advanced Class Ham radio operator using my originally issued callsign WB6EEQ. I have operated for extended periods of time from Okinawa (KR6FX & KR6OP), Texas (K5VXG), and Mississippi (K5TYP). While in the Air Force, I was a Manual Morse Radio Intercept Operator.

BS Zoology, UC Davis

Member, Society of Motion Picture/Television Engineers - Member, American Radio Relay League - Member, Quarter Century Wireless Assn. - President, Zen Nippon Airinkai, So Cal Chapter - Member, Maltose Falcons Homebrewing Society - Alumni, American Brewers' Guild

I have held Conditional, General, and Advanced Class Ham radio licenses. Attended UC Davis to study Zoology. Go figure!?

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