Ferrocerium (firestarter) rods as antenna cores?

Discussion in 'Wireless & RF Design' started by rupe01, May 5, 2019.

  1. rupe01

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 15, 2018
    I am a real newbie (~1 year) to electronics and just have the basics, but having recently enjoyed building a few cheap Chinese radio kits and also enjoying survival/camping stuff, i also have several ferrocerium rods of various diameters and lengths. Then (uh-oh!) i started wondering if they would work..?? Anyone know, please? Just plain curiosity, but i am also looking at building my own breadboard radio based on the TA7642 chip. Thanks!
  2. SLK001

    Senior Member

    Nov 29, 2011
    Core antennas are very inefficient in operation, so I doubt that your FC rod would make it any worse. Why don't you give it a try and report your findings back to us?
  3. rupe01

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 15, 2018
    OK, thanks for the reply
  4. BR-549

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 22, 2013
    I don't believe I would use those rods around any current. But I am not an expert. But am leery.