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Author Topic: new rig old antenna  (Read 1675 times)
KC7NRY
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« on: June 06, 2012, 12:05:29 PM »

 About to get an Ft-857, but have a 6m/2m/440 antenna. Also have a 102" whip. How to match the whip to 6m and 10m until I figure out how to choose the best antenna when I pass Element 3 next month??? Going to be at least a year before I recover from the cost of this radio...is there an efficient and economical way to utilize the whip until I spend $3-400 on an antenna solution??
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 02:18:25 PM »

...is there an efficient and economical way to utilize the whip until I spend $3-400 on an antenna solution??

Cut the whip to 10M, then use a Larsen 2M 5/8 antenna on 2M and 6M with a diplexer.  That'll get you on 10, 6 and 2M pretty easily, efficiently and inexpensively.


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N6AJR
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 11:57:26 AM »

the 857 has 2 outputs on the back  one for 2m/440 and one for hf.  I don't remember if you can put 6 meters onthe 2m/440 side or not with a menu choice.  this means one antenna for  vhf/uhf and one for the rest.  Youcan find a nice used 5BTV or such for a hundred bucks or so, or make a fan dipole, or find a used sgc 237 and put at the bas of a long wire. look up homebrew antenna on google.
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