Originally Posted by WA3UCR
I would have taken you up on that! I thought I had done a good job constructing my first 40 meter dipole. But, I was getting very erratic SWR readings - especially when the wind was blowing. Frustrated, I called my Elmer and he came over to check it out. I learned that day of the importance of making good mechanical connections between the coax and the dipole and it needs to be soldered! So my first attempt as a teen was not very successful - but I learned a couple of valuable lessons.
Yeah, totally agree with you on this. However, it's understandable that a new ham wants to get on the air with a minimum of fuss. My Elmer built my first antenna. It's okay to not learn antenna design (or just experimenting with wires) until someone gets some operating time under their belt.
Originally Posted by K9ZMD
However, I would suggest going to a hamfest and snapping up copper wire and twinlead. I just made a great inverted vee with 300 ohm twinlead. All together, the antenna cost <$10 (and that's too much to pay). It's good to just have random spools of wire lying around.
I'm 32 and I have less than two quarters to rub together. Anyway, you're right that you don't need much to get on the air.
The proof is thousands of teens who've successfully done it with no prior experience and less than two quarters to rub together in their pocket.
DX-CC was my second antenna and it was awesome. First was a S9 31' vertical which was ok. Third was a IAC 40 meter double bazooka which was great. Then I moved to beams. I would say go with the DX-CC.