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Finally got my first HF antenna up!

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KJ7UBV, Nov 24, 2021.

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  1. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Great and I hope to work you soon.
    73 from,
    The K0UO "Rhombic Antenna Farm" 2 miles of wire, I'm In the Air or On the Air daily
  2. K8JD

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    Those HF antennas fabricated outside, installed in sleet, snow and gale force winds seem to work a lot better than others ! Been-there-done-that :D
    If you ever get on CW, you may QSO me some late night on 40M.
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  3. K8DO

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    Good on ya, Paul. If you are hazy on tuning up an HF antenna for transmit ask one of the locals for help.
    Just a word of caution - not every ham on phone is helpful (or even pleasant - esp. 80m - and 7200 - and 14313) They come in all sizes and mental afflictions. Fear not, the other 99% of us are glad to have you aboard.
    Yup, an antenna put up with difficulty is worth 3 that went up easy peasy :D Yours should be a world shaker.
  4. W7TCT

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    Wait. Admittedly, as an ex-USAF mobile radio guy (3rd Mob) and a ham only 4.5 years so a noob, I thought those were the only conditions suitable for setting up, tuning, and ensuring physical security. Gosh! Now you tell me.
  5. KE0GXN

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    Congrats!!! Get ready to work the world! :)
  6. KJ7UBV

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    The antenna seems to be working well. I made my first HF QSO on 40 meters this morning so I'm feeling all fat and happy with myself. :D:D I've listened in a couple nets as well which leads to another noob question. Is it just me, or do most stations sound off their call signs at the speed of a cattle auctioneer?? I'd only catch maybe 1/4 of the station IDs that I'd hear. :eek::)
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  7. KL7AJ

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    Your antenna should have a significant amount of adversity gain. Congratulations!
  8. W4HM

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    Welcome to HF it's allot of fun.

    I've had my share of injuries and mishaps working on antennas and most were due to my bad judgement. I just gotta get that antenna up today can create lot's of problems.
  9. KL7AJ

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  10. WG7X

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    Hi Paul!

    Don't worry about this: it will get easier with practice, and another thing about low band nets in particular: most of the folks there already know each other and can readily identify each other by voice alone. The call sign is important too, and legally necessary but a lot of these net folks are a community and they all know each other... For the most part.

    You'll get the hang of it, just be patient!

    73 Gary
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