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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);

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