it's entirely a symptom of who you talk to, I know for a fact a cheap twinlead (read the cheapest I could find) jpole has zero issue's with 100w on 2m fm, and I know for a fact the 300 ohm cheap crap handles 450w ssb feeding a vertical on 10m with no issue's whatsoever.
while the twinlead jpole will work for your purposes also consider building a simple 1/4w groundplane antenna out of a rat shack so-239 and a couple metal coat hangers, simplistic, takes 5min to build, and honestly works just as good if not better than most any other cheap omni homebrew while being by far the easiest to get right the first time, you don't really gain much until you start dealing with stacked colinear ant wich are far more work and far larger.
probably the best place to get an idea of whats what in the vast realm of antenna projects for a new guy will be http://www.hamuniverse.com/antennas.html
plenty of quick and easy projects along with some not so quick and easy projects, all with fairly detailed destructions.
Grats on getting your ticket and I hope you enjoy the antenna building.
Last edited by KC7YPJ; 05-01-2008 at 08:09 AM.
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