Well I’ve taken the plunge and bought an end fed long wire antenna to get something up in the air at my rented house. I bought the antenna from Waters and Stanton, it is just over 40m long and is made by M0CVO. The antenna looks like it is well made with a professional looking 9:1 Balun, it has a SO239 connection and an earth connection. The instructions state that you do not need to connect the earth connection, but it is recommended to connect it to deal with static.
I plan to string it up from the peak of the roof of the house and slope it down to the end of rear garden. I do have the option to get it higher and hang it from a tree out the front of the property. If I was really cheeky and I thought I could get away with it, there is a tall tree behind my neighbours garden but that would mean the wire crossing over their garden. I’m not sure that they would like that :-/
Allegedly the antenna is capable of operating between 160m and 6m with a good ATU. I just need to take the plunge now and see what complaints I get with this wire antenna.
Check back soon for my review of the antenna once I get it in the air.