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Imax 2000 and added coil?

2RT307

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Hi guys, just pondering this for use as a portable setup. I have an Imax 2000 that is just sitting. Have wondered if you could add a large coil inline (Wolf River or similar) with a tuner and do multiband operation , say to 40 meters? Easy enough to break down and toss in my pickup bed, and also carry to a camping site and set up a station by driving a short pole into the ground and mounting it up.

I don't find anything on the internet other than extended telescopic antennas and the like. Any ideas? HomerBB?

73,
Brett
 

The Imax will already work well with a tuner down to 15 meters. If you jury-rig it to go any lower it's probably not going to be efficient at all and you're just forcing a match that the radio will like. If you want 40M portable .... get an antenna made for the band.
 
Hi guys, just pondering this for use as a portable setup. I have an Imax 2000 that is just sitting. Have wondered if you could add a large coil inline (Wolf River or similar) with a tuner and do multiband operation , say to 40 meters? Easy enough to break down and toss in my pickup bed, and also carry to a camping site and set up a station by driving a short pole into the ground and mounting it up.

I don't find anything on the internet other than extended telescopic antennas and the like. Any ideas? HomerBB?

73,
Brett
Hi, Brett.
I love Wolf River coils. Have worked many countries on 20 and 40 meters using their mini coil, a 102” whip and a single wire radial 16.5’ in length. My guess is an Imax 2000 will get you 80 meters as well. An no need for a tuner. Simply tune using the coil’s sliding clip. Unless you don’t want to do so each tine you change bands. Then a tuner might come in handy. ;)
 
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The Imax will already work well with a tuner down to 15 meters. If you jury-rig it to go any lower it's probably not going to be efficient at all and you're just forcing a match that the radio will like. If you want 40M portable .... get an antenna made for the band.
I already have an end fed random wire to do that. It is difficult to get in the air sometimes. Adding a coil is common enough, except typically with a 102" whip, or one of those MFJ telescopic things (which are pretty fragile). I may have to just try it and see.

73,
Brett
 
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Hi, Brett.
I love Wolf River coils. Have worked many countries on 20 and 40 meters using their mini coil, a 102” whip and a single wire radial 16.5’ in length. My guess is an Imax 2000 will get you 80 meters as well. An no need for a tuner. Simply tune using the coil’s sliding clip. Unless you don’t want to do so each tine you change bands. Then a tuner might come in handy. ;) heard good things about them, too.

Hi, Brett.
I love Wolf River coils. Have worked many countries on 20 and 40 meters using their mini coil, a 102” whip and a single wire radial 16.5’ in length. My guess is an Imax 2000 will get you 80 meters as well. An no need for a tuner. Simply tune using the coil’s sliding clip. Unless you don’t want to do so each tine you change bands. Then a tuner might come in handy. ;)
Hey Riverman, good to see you here! Glad the Wolf River has been working well for you.

My thought for the Imax was it is a lot more wire in the air than a 102" whip, which is a good thing. Seems easy enough to mount it in the ground, and hold up to Texas winds. All the portable setups I have seen have a dinky little tripod for the antenna, and you know it wouldn't take long for one of those to fly to Oklahoma.

73,
Brett
 
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At one time I had both Wolf River coil and an Antron 99. Kicking myself for not having the idea at the time to combine the two. :confused:
 
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