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I dont know how relevant this info is to you. To me however it has been real useful. Me and my friends use 2 way radios to communicate in the neighborhood. On most of them you can take them apart, take off the tiny 1''-2'' antenna and get a piece of thick metal cable or wire (all you musicians, guitar strings work fairly well) and make a loop on the cable, replace it with the old antenna and increase the range by miles. Mine goes up to around 15 on a clear day, it was originally designed to go 1 mile, 2 miles at max.
What kind or radio are you using? I don?t see how this could possibly add any distance, unless you cut the wire to the length at which it would be approximately tuned for the transmitting frequency. All this would do is create an unbalanced circuit in the output of the radio. With time this will kill your radio much faster.
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