This is quite a statement, especially the highlighted portion, coming from someone that, according to the ULS, hasn't been licensed two years yet. I'm curious... Did your "crackerjack" license come in a box or the new bags?
Originally Posted by wd3d
I've been licensed just about as long as you and it's statements like yours that prevent me from asking questions on this forum. I find I get far more respect and better answers from the members of my local club.
Last edited by K6CPO; 09-11-2012 at 10:04 PM.
For wd3d - Not sure where you got your expertise but the J pole is far from experimental. They have been used for vhf/uhf work for many years and I have made and used them in various Ham and Commercial activities. Just a FYI I have been licensed amateur since 1953 and commercial 1957. I suspect that while always learning, I may have picked up on a few things. #1 being, if you've not tried it, don't knock it or the people trying to learn.
KH2G (With a variety of ex . . .)
Also..dont worry about your coax starting off, use whatever you have. Someday down the road you will want to fine tune your station and maybe have a high gain antenna with some low loss coax. But for now whatever coax you own is fine. I wish I had $5 bucks for every time some poster on the internet had to beat the coax horse to death. A few db either way is not going to prevent you from getting into your local repeaters or talking around town and beyond on simplex. If anything is annoying to new comers it is the whole coax loss internet cliche, run what you brung and have fun.
Antenna mod pitfalls
There are two problems using a HF vertical on VHF; One is the matching problem and SWR losses, the 2nd is that a long vertical (over 5/8 wavelength) has lobes in the pattern that are "end fire" meaning most of the radiation would be upward and minimal at the horizon where you want it on VHF ! There are ways to beat this but would require a very extensive modification , basically segmenting the radiating element with phase reversal stubs. not worth the effort.
DO save this antenna to get on 10-M and work some DX band openings !
A Ground Plane antenna made of stiff wiire on a SO239 connector and pvc support would only take an hour to build, a few $ worth of parts and be very effective !
The "expert" that said ham radio is very expensive should have met me when I was a teenager with no $ and a desire to get on the air ! I worked all over the country with my $ 0.00, home made transmitter and a Xmas Gift SWL reciever !
Yes ham radio can be expensive for someone with no desire to put in effort and wants to "plug and play"
Good luck and learn as you have fun.
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Don't worry about old Jerry WD3D. That is his SOP. He's been kicked off every internet forum he has ever belonged to except maybe eHam. He is banned on this site under his old callsign AB3NK.
He won't be here long enough to create too many more problems.
Originally Posted by KF5OUP
First off, if you're not a member of one of your local clubs, look into it. You'll usually find a lot of "up close & personal" assistance and a lot of good advice... and sometimes that extra pair of hands to help on these projects.
The Solarcon A99, aka the Antron A99, is a good antenna for it's intended purposes. I have one on my chain link fence, about 15 feet from the shack. (It could use a little more height, which is coming, but that's another story)
I would recommend against trying to shorten it to act as a 2 meter antenna. Lot of effort that will end up in a poorly operating antenna, for many of the technical reasons already indicated. To be honest, you'd be better off getting an SO-239 panel mount connector and soldering 19" of clothes hanger to the center, and 4 19" lengths of clothes hanger to each of the screw holes to act as counterpoise/ground plane.
Also, check online. You can find a lot of article about building a simple 2 meter antenna, my favorites being the "copper cactus" J-pole antennas out of copper tubing that you can get at a Lowes or Home Depot for about $20. Often you'll find those for sale "pre-made" at hamfests for about $20 - 25. Well worth it.
Keep the 99. You can tune it to work on 10 meters with very little difficulty (mine is set that way), and with the MFJ antenna tuner, you can get it to load on 12, 15 & 17 meters without too much difficulty. It will load on 20 & 30, but it's touchy -- and really too short for those bands, but it can be done.
Feel free to email or PM me if you have any other questions. Don't promise to have all the answers, but I'll do my best!
73, ron w3wn
ANNOUNCING the 19th Annual WASHFest 2014, The South Hills Hamfest, Sunday, 23 February 2014.
Located at the Castle Shannon VFD Memorial Hall, State Route 88 (Library Road) at Grove Road, Castle Shannon PA., ~ 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
[From Downtown, Take the Liberty Bridge across the Mon, go through the Liberty Tunnel, then turn onto SR 51 South to SR 88]
Talk-in on N3SH/R 146.955 - and N3FB/R 443.650 + (131.8 PL).
See you there!
Of course, since you've only been licensed since 2010, perhaps you shouldn't be the one to be talking about who got their ticket from a Cracker Jack box.
Originally Posted by wd3d
"Knobs are to hams what brains are to zombies."
Jerry talking about Ham radio being expensive (It does not have to be) and people needing an Elmer (Jerry really needs one).
And While on the subject of Cracker Jack box Licenses, Jerry, dont you have one of those????? I beleive you were banned here before under your old call sign for stirring up trouble and being down right nasty to anyone who disagreed with your point of view......
My first station was less than $80. and I talked around the world with the set up. I had to pass Morse code, did you Jerry? Stop giving bad advice to people and knock the crap off.
I've actually used a metal coat hanger hooked to an SO-239, shown in a picture in an earlier post, cut to the correct length with the 4 downsloping radials cut from more coat hanger and it worked just fine! You can't get much less expensive than that!
Originally Posted by KF5OUP