Call Search
     

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Community
Articles
Forums
News
Reviews
Friends Remembered
Strays
Survey Question

Operating
Contesting
DX Cluster Spots
Propagation

Resources
Calendar
Classifieds
Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement
About eHam.net

   Home   Help Search  
Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Returning Ham  (Read 530 times)
RETURNING
Member

Posts: 2




Ignore
« on: December 24, 2001, 07:07:59 PM »

Hi Everyone,

I am a former ham, WA9SVS from the late 60s. I got my general ticket in 1967, joined the Army in 1969 and kind of let it lapse. I have flirted with getting back into it. I am wondering if someone could take some time and give me some ideas on equipment and antennas. When I had my license I lived on a farm in S. Illinois so dipoles and beams were not a problem. The cows never minded.

However, now I live in a city. I am looking for an low profile antenna, probably a vertical. I would also like to operate the 10, 20 and 40 meter bands (they were my favorites a long time ago), assuming I can pass the test. Also I intend to operate QRP.

Thanks
Logged
WD8CRT
Member

Posts: 26


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2001, 06:56:53 PM »

Hello... well, I kept my ticket active, but was inactive on HF for 18 years.
I started getting back on FM last summer, and hearing the talk of HF had me looking for used gear.
I found an original ICOM 706 for sale and grabbed it. It offers QRP to 100 watt operation on HF and includes 2 meters.
I live on a small lot (40 X 90) and my first antenna was a 15 meter dipole at 8'!
I measured the lot and from the chimney to the tree in the front was 50' so I knew I was going to have to look at a trapped dipole hung as a vee. I had more space in the back of the lot. I settled on one from AES that is the shorty 80 meter version.  I added the AT-180 antenna tuner to it and can operate 80 to 10 (including WARC bands) with it.
10 Meters is wide open!  I have no problems working DX with this setup.
Best thing I can tell you is to measure the lot and see what wire antennas you can get up... someone else would have to suggest verticals, I haven't had one in years!

Come on back - you'll have a blast!
73
WD8CRT
Logged
RETURNING
Member

Posts: 2




Ignore
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2001, 07:01:49 PM »

Hi Neil,

Thanks for the response. I definitely will get back into it. Just have to do the studying. I have started learning code again. Hard to believe I could copy at better than 13wpm once. Of course I was much younger Smiley.

Take care and good luck.
Logged
N1OU
Member

Posts: 70




Ignore
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2002, 11:37:49 PM »

Welcome back to the hobby!

I did kind of the same thing and let my ticket lapse (just Novice, though) back in the seventies.  Got re-interested a couple of years ago and went from Tech to Extra, loving every step and challenge.

Concerning antennas, verticals have improved a lot and still have a lot of advantages when space or CCRs are a problem.  Check out reviews of GAP and Force here on eHam.  Of course, the basic dipole is always a good option if you can get it high enough.  

Hottest basic radio currently seems to be ICOM 718 but there a lots of good used buys for recent, more sophisticated rigs in the classifieds, too.

73's

N1OU
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!