|[AMRadio] Vertical antennas|
michjonezee at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 31 11:28:05 EDT 2015
I went from a 20 acre farm to a mobile home park, double-wide (a nice park with restrictions of course). I use a 75 meter ham stick, grounded to a 3/4 in. copper pipe in the ground. The whole array is up 4 ft and I use a 16 ft aluminum flag pole and 20 feet of copper wire as a counter-poise. I love CW but use this set-up forAM and SSB net contacts as far away at night as 1000 miles. A pair of 6146's in a old TS-520 and also using a Ten Tec 238 "L" match tuner to fine tunethe whole set-up. From two towers and a beverage to a hamstick, I still make contacts. Also, you are right about the novice days, I once had a QSOwith a JA on 15 meters with a light bulb for an antenna in CW mode, running 15 watts. For the upper bands a 9ft high Sigma 5. Enjoy the hobby, I still do. 73 de Rich K8UV in SE Michigan.
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