Hi all, hope this is the right spot for this.
I live on the 10th floor of a 30 floor high-rise building which is all concrete and I'm sure lots of rebar in it. So a little more than 100 ft. up. I'm located in the center of the building which has three more units to each side of me. I have a monopole which I mount over the side like a fishing rod w/ a length of about 16'. Its made by Chameleon Antenna. I receive 80-10 just fine. Here's my configuration, all cable is RG-8X and gear is Elecraft.
transceiver --> 3 ft. cable --> amp --> 1 ft. cable --> tuner --> 50 ft. cable --> antenna
I think my problem is just the environment I'm in and probably nothing I can do about it but I wanted to confirm this with some of you guys. By environment, I mean the building, its materials (concrete and rebar), another high-rise directly in front of me, and the position of the antenna (horizontal) which is the best I've been able to do. I've tried many antennas in the past, dipoles and such, but it seems the further I "fish" out and away from the building, the better the signals.
My real problem is that my signals are unreadable and very weak for anyone just a few hours or more driving distance from where I live, and thats using the amp. No one can make me out. They know someone is trying to contact, but the readability isn't there and the signal is too faint. I feel like my signal is either going straight down into the ground, or straight up into the sky. I did a scan using a RigExpert AA-54 and here are my SWR readings on the antenna.
1.900 kHz SWR: 4.7
3.900 kHz SWR: 2.9
7.200 kHz SWR: 3.9
14.300 kHz SWR: 1.40
29.000 kHz SWR: 1.7
UHF/VHF works fine as I can reach local repeaters, but HF … I feel like I'm just running out of options.
Any help much appreciated.