I doubt that someone will be put behind bars for sending some RF through a guard rail.
But if so, I am confident that Stefan will make a decent ELF antenna using those bars ;-)
73, Rik ON7YD - OR7T
I'm all in favour of 'proper' sensible radio experimenting, but not if it includes highly illegal connexions to motorway guard rails, railway equipment, fences, pylons, gas lines or metal bridges etc..
That is not experimenting, but trespassing, for which you can get a very long jail sentence if you get caught on camera.
A very long jail sentence would be the right punishment for this form of reckless and selfish irresponsibility.
Ask the RSGB and Ofcom their views on this.
I imagine lots of people are considering the use of long lengths of metal infrastructure
Do you really? How many, make a guess. What are they waiting for?
so if there is a solution which is demonstrably better, it would save a lot of unnecessary trouble for experimenters.
What is experimenting? Isn't it doing some steps on new territory, just out of interest? Doesn't experimenting mean that you know that you can fail or that you can have success with your experiments? And that failing doesn't matter because the experiments are
most interesting in themselves, so actually there can be no failing because doing the experiment is the success!
So, is an experimenter who wants to "save a lot of unnecessary trouble" an experimenter at all?