If you could have just one band...

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KB8FGC, Jan 10, 2019.

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  1. K4KWH

    K4KWH Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's what I was thinking here. You can have the most expensive, prestigious radio, then hamstring it with a lousy antenna and you'll have an equally lousy signal. Since the poster is only interested in 2 bands, I, too, would choose the bugcatcher-style antenna, OR a small screwdriver.
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  2. N2EY

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    CW, of course.
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  3. AD7DB

    AD7DB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Multiband HF radios don't really cost much more than 1-2 band radios. The IC-706 series, though discontinued, remain popular, as do its successors such as the IC-7000, IC-7100.
    For band choice right now I'd say go with 40m. But, 20m will come back eventually, and during good years (starting maybe 3 years from now) it'll be open from morning until way into the evening, for domestic and DX work. I've had good luck with hamsticks, and screwdriver antennas are also very good (and of course, multi band) when well-installed.
  4. K4AGO

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    I use a mid 90's vintage IC 706. Given that we are at solar minimum, my answer would be 40 meters but in a few years 20 will also be a good choice.

    Why limit yourself with just one band choice? Plan for the future.
  5. K7KBN

    K7KBN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fred Waring was good, but give me The Firehouse Five Plus Two.
  6. K1SZO

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    MyBand = Concat(all_bands);
  7. PD0JBV

    PD0JBV Ham Member QRZ Page

    10 mtr. It can be lonely but when it opens, wow. For me after so many years it is still my fav band. Also because of the so called export radios, easy and simpel technology. My fav TRX btw is the MFJ 9410x, has very good RX.

    Used to have Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu and even Hilberling. I made choices and i am happy with it. The results are good for me when mobile at the coast. 10 mtr, i live there and i can fix my own stuff.
  8. AC0GT

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    11 meters.
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  9. KN4GEX

    KN4GEX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I keep a Hustler antenna and an Icom 706mk2 in the truck with a 20m resonator on it. I have a switch and a 102" steel whip on the other side for 10m, and a mag mount for 2m. I really enjoy the daylight DX on 20m while driving to and from work.
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  10. KL7AJ

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    That changes from time to time for me....but based on the past few days, it would definitely have to be 40 meters

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