Cut wire to proper length, remove insulation from ends, and
make a single conductor, if using WD-1/TT (para 27b).
Attach an insulator (para 28) to one end of the prepared
antenna wire, and attach the other end to the antenna connector on the
Tie a rope to the insulator end, and throw the rope over a
convenient tree limb.
Pull the antenna to a vertical position, and tie off the
Ground the radio set. Loosen any screw on the front panel,
and clean off the paint for a good ground.
Ground the set by
inserting the ground wire behind the screw and tightening the screw.
Attach the opposite end of the ground wire to a ground stake (Figs 36
Normally the antenna is electrically separated from its
support lines by means of glass or porcelain insulators.
If an insulator
breaks and a spare insulator is not available, the antenna can be
effectively insulated by inserting a piece of dry wood between the antenna
wire and its support.
(Figure 38 shows two methods of making emergency
If dry, rope supports may be attached directly to the
antenna wire. If the rope contains any metal wire to provide strength, an
insulator must be used.)
Wood or dry rope should be used as insulators only in emergencies
when better insulators cannot be obtained.