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back on the air

Post by NITRO » 09 May 2019, 21:37

well ive finally managed to save enough to get another hf rig since my ft450 died a death before christmas ....
i picked up the new ( secondhand) rig and set it up ... tho the bands seem quiet at the mo with the odd voice in the back of the box ....
I picked up the icom IC-718 ... its been fitted with a speech processor as the owner was partially sighted ... it actually speaks and says the frequency ... mode etc but can be turned of when not needed ......
just wondering what antenna to use with it for the bands ... i have a 66 foot endfed longwire, but it dosent seem to pull in the signals that good really ..... any suggestions would be great .... and if anyones had a ic-718 .... any tips or hints on good or bad points would be great too ...
thanks in advance folks ...
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Post by Blackolive » 10 May 2019, 08:41

120 odd foot loop, 4:1 balun. mine runs from the bottom of our (short) garden, up to the gutters on the back of the house, across the back of the house, and back down to the opposite corner at the bottom of the garden. should do the job 40m up on all bands. havent tried it on 80 yet.

alternatively 10m fishing pole and use it to raise a 1/4 wave vertical for the band you wish to operate on.

Ive used both with great success from a modest location

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Re: back on the air

Post by ch25 » 10 May 2019, 10:20

Which bands?
You can't have too many antennas...

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Post by NITRO » 12 May 2019, 22:20

ch25 wrote:
10 May 2019, 10:20
Which bands?
10 to 80 wold e fine .... ive made and put up a 102 foot endfed inverted v yesterday ... running a z100 tuner ... its getting out and pulling the signals in a bit ... but no where near as good as i would expect it too ......
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Post by ch25 » 12 May 2019, 23:13

10 to 80 you need at least 3 antennas if you think seriously about that. Random wire and antenna tuner is a road to nowhere.
You can't have too many antennas...

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