My first antenna

The 'aerial' was erected on our two storey house in the mid-1960s. It was intended for my very first crystal radio.

With electrical conduit pipes as masts, its height was about 30 feet above the ground.

The weft wire, unravelled from a length of steel mosquito mesh, was used as the conductor! The wire was quite tough for its small gauge which rendered it rather light and minimised sag.Bakelite pieces served as the insulators.

This antenna did a great job for the series of simple radios I built those days.

I now wonder how it would have performed as a long wire antenna for the HF rigs I built in later years.