Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by KI7SYG, Feb 21, 2020.
I'm hoping to try and get this up this weekend!
Awesome, looks like you're super close to the beacons too. We have one up here for the Southeastern VHF society on 144.287, located on Sawnee Mountain. Unfortunately right now its running on a vertical antenna, but it's better than nothing. I can hear it 60 miles away fairly strong on my horizontal beam.
any luck getting the antennas setup?
Example what you can do with 144 MHz SSB - even with low power.
Height is good but if you're low you can do OK if there are few high obstructions nearby.
Got it up yesterday. Made my first ssb contact last night. He was about 30 miles away. I can't wait to see what distance I can get out of it!
That's awesome looks great, congrats!
Just an update. I talked to a few folks - all within 30 miles of my QTH. So far nothing further. I've also discovered in these discussions that 70cm SSB has more activity than 2m. With that being said - I am seriously considering installing a dual band yagi in place of the PAR's. Since I am limited in my space - I was looking at the Elk 2M/440L5, however it doesn't list the gain or max power rating. I would also need to get a light duty rotator. I am not sure if it could be mounted to the existing J-pole - I can't find weight ratings for any of them.
My only experience with 2m SSB dates back more than 25 years.
Now is a good time to get horizontal 2M antennas ready - often there are some good tropo openings in the southeast in the spring.
Tor N4OGW (EM53)
I know this guy that might have one or two of those