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Author Topic: 75m hamstick  (Read 4229 times)
KA4NMA
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« on: April 27, 2013, 05:25:16 PM »

Saturday  at the Down East hamfest in Kinston, NC, I tried to sell a new, never usef 75m hamstick.  For some reason, nobody wanted to buy it.  I wonder why?  Grin

Randy ka4nma
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KK4GGL
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2013, 08:36:46 PM »

I wonder why, too. You can certainly make contacts with it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2013, 08:57:49 PM »

Saturday  at the Down East hamfest in Kinston, NC, I tried to sell a new, never usef 75m hamstick.  For some reason, nobody wanted to buy it.  I wonder why?  Grin

Randy ka4nma

Because they are VERY narrow in bandwidth and are more dummy load than antenna.
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2013, 01:38:57 AM »

Saturday  at the Down East hamfest in Kinston, NC, I tried to sell a new, never usef 75m hamstick.  For some reason, nobody wanted to buy it.  I wonder why?  Grin

Randy ka4nma

Probably because no one there wanted one? I went past a florists today, I didnt buy anything as I didnt need any flowers. Now, had they been selling a Hamstick....
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013, 08:01:52 AM »

How much were you asking for it?


((((73)))) Milverton.
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WG8Z
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2013, 07:32:43 PM »

Probably the same reason 1.5 inch long 2meter  antennas arn't flying off the shelves.
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KA4NMA
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2013, 06:10:17 PM »

I was asking $10.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2013, 04:07:25 AM »

I doubt you'd be able to give it away. People are coming to the realisation that making a contact on 75/80/160m mobile merely proves QRP works. 100W in for less than 1W ERP...

My Little Tarheel does 80m. I rapidly came to the conclusion I might as well be TXing into a 50 ohm resistor.
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2013, 06:21:53 AM »

I would have thought that for $10 someone would'a bought it.  I have to agree about the 75 meter hamsticks not being very efficient, they aren't.  They are certainly 'usable', but that doesn't mean 'good' by any means.
 - Paul
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2013, 10:14:18 AM »

Probably the same reason 1.5 inch long 2meter  antennas arn't flying off the shelves.
I`ve always been curious why they make those. Unless you`re standing right below the repeater tower...Hamsticks work well,I`ve got a few. True,the bandwidth on 80/75 is about 10-15 khz wide.
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2013, 06:40:00 PM »

I used to run one on the back of my truck all the time a few years ago as I traveled a lot.  I mostly kept a 20m stick on there, but I talked to a lot of locals on 80 meters during the day.   My biggest problem was not being heard, but hearing other stations on 80 meters.  I went through a lot of small towns, and the line noise was really horrible.  coupled with the signal to noise ratio with the poor ham stick didn't help.
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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2013, 06:57:40 PM »

I tried a 80m hamstick many years ago (still have it) but it was a poor performer. I think I worked 1 or 2 station on 80 while mobile on a ham stick. It was after sunset and about 500 miles but they could not hear me that well. The sticks worked good on 40 and higher bans.
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2013, 10:53:50 AM »

on 80 meters the total size of the antenna compared to the size of the wavelength is a lot.  on 10 meters a hamstick is almost full sized and very efficient, on 80 m not so much. Give it to your local club as a prize for a drawing as a little fund raiser for the club.

on those little 1 inch antennas for you HT, I use them all the time.  The only time I carry a HT is like at a hamfest, so I put on the tiny antenna so I can talk to my buddies on simplex with in a couple of hundred yards with out having the normal rubber duck poking me all the time.  they are not very efficient either, but I am only talking across the building or parking lot so they do fine.
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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2013, 03:05:40 AM »

Nobody bought it because they are junk. 
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KJ4ADN
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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2013, 05:17:27 PM »

I buy them when the price is $8.

When I get them home, I cut off the black insulation, strip the wire off, etc., and then they get made into something that really works.

I've made most of my mobile antennas out of Hamsticks, and for 40-10m they've all worked good for mobile antennas - 75/80m and 160m IMHO is a waste, it's too inefficient and the car (ground plane) is too small.

KJ4ADN - Bill
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