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Discussion in 'Worldwidedx.com Amateur Radio Club' started by moonwalker61, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. tba02

    tba02 WOOF

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    Ah yes Kop, but I can clamp an A99 to a 10ft piece of top rail, attach it to my trucks hitch receiver and work portable really easy, and in a low noise area (forest) it works al ot better than the roof mount.


     

  2. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

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    I've heard of Trashcan parties...

    But not like this...
    Lightsovderlapland.jpg

    It may explain why the CB band was rocking today...
     
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  3. moonwalker61

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    Thanks for that info. I do live in a high wind area but also want a good performing antenna, my mast is about 32' so will that be high enough for a SD?
     
  4. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    You might be surprised at how a 1/4 wave whip compares to those better antennas at the same tip height. I went from a 102 whip to an a99 years ago and kind of felt like I wasted money. If you get bored, in the interim, tie a radial to that old whip and see the difference. You'll actually be able to hear and talk to people that aren't across the street.
     
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  5. moonwalker61

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    radial?- is that also called a ground plane? about 9' long right? today is a good to try that. thanks 543.
     
  6. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    Some people call it a ground plane. 8.5 to 9 feet should work fine.
     
  7. moonwalker61

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    Got my SPT 500 penetrator set up on a fiberglass ladder today. about 40 deg. off the ground just to get SWRs set, the best I can get is exactly 1.4 on both CH.40 & CH 1. Is that gonna be satisfactory? anybody know how to get the SWRs lower? That's on a 35 foot pole too.
     
  8. snow bird

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    Yes you can use it. 1.4 ant a bad s.w.r. Could be better . Cant say with out useing a Analyzer On it . But it will work. t
     

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