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Discussion in 'Announcements & Open Forum' started by Louisiana Mudd, Jun 9, 2020.

  1. Louisiana Mudd

    Louisiana Mudd X Marine Researcher - AUV / ASV Pilot

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    Within the next week or two I will be testing through General. I am open to suggestions in regards to equipment specifically what antennas I should look at so I erect the tower complete the first time.

    Also what radios should I look at? I don't mind spending the money on radios so once again I will be good for a while.



    Kindest regards,
    Mudd
     
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  2. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    The first thing is to figure out what bands you are interested in. I use a doublet antenna, home brew ladder line and homebrew balanced tuner. That's not nearly as difficult as it may sound but will take some effort. It will cover all of the HF bands.

    The popular choice these days is the end fed half wave. I don't recommend that unless it's a last resort. There are more HF antenna options than you can shake a stick at. How high your tower is and how long of a dipole can fit on your property is another factor.

    There are also vertical antennas but you'll beed radials to get good performance. You can buy one or make one. If you use a dipole it can be fed against some radials. Then you'll have vertical and horizontal.

    If you're wanting a new rig the Yaesu ftdx3000 is a nice one. The Icom 7300 is very popular and has a lot of features for the money. With the price of older rigs I would buy a new one unless you are looking for something to work on. Buy an Anan 7000 and never look back. :)

    If you're going to work 160, 75 and 40 I would plan on buying an amplifier later. Some purists don't have an amp and don't think anyone else should either but your mileage may vary. Good luck on the test.
     
  3. sp5it

    sp5it Master of puppets

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    For first 100-120 DXCC on phone wires and 100W are enough. Next step is Yagi and it's enough for 200-240 DXCC and 100W.
    Than amplifier and more/better Yagis will improve.
    Biggest improvement is going to CW, no doubt.
    Mike
     
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  4. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    160 and 80 meter yagis are fine business if you can swing it....literally.
     
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    2NC995 DAN

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    lol.
     
  6. Louisiana Mudd

    Louisiana Mudd X Marine Researcher - AUV / ASV Pilot

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    Thank you my friend!
     
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    Blackcat630 Sr. Member

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    Do plenty of research and decide what interests you and more importantly how much $ you want to spend. Good luck on the testing!
     
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    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    To get started I never recommend a radio because what I like might be completely wrong for you, I will however say again build yourself a fan dipole and add wires for the bands you want and use a tuner for the rest. I will say don't overlook used gear, I have never bought new and I am perfectly happy.
     
  9. Louisiana Mudd

    Louisiana Mudd X Marine Researcher - AUV / ASV Pilot

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    Thanks a bunch BC
     
  10. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Elmer

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    ICOM IC-7610, ACOM 2100 Amplifier and Palstar HF Auto Tuner.
     
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  11. binrat

    binrat WDX Club Coordinator
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    My advice is a simple basic HF rig as 1st. Ft891, ic718, ts480sat.
     
  12. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    Buy once, cry once.
     
  13. Louisiana Mudd

    Louisiana Mudd X Marine Researcher - AUV / ASV Pilot

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    Thanks my friend
     
  14. Louisiana Mudd

    Louisiana Mudd X Marine Researcher - AUV / ASV Pilot

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    Haha That's usually how it works.
     
  15. Jaydean

    Jaydean New Member

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    Acom 1000 amplifier for sure. I have used quite a few amps but the Acom is a real gem.
     

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