I'm putting together a go-kit for public service and I have a 13ft tri-pod and I was going to put two dual band j-pole antennas about 2 inches apart. I have 2 radios a ft-1900 and an ft-7900. I will very rarely key both radios at the same time, but on occasion will run APRS on the 1900.
Are there any damage or issues I need to be concerned with about those antennas being so close together?
1st off I'm a new Ham about 1 yr and do not currently belong to a club. I'm also very lucky being in the Dallas/Fort Worth area I have several choices of clubs. One of the best pieces of advice about clubs I'll share is that you need to find a club where you belong and provides you with the types of activites and views about the hobby that are similar to yours. Pretty simple!! A club is not going to be all things to all people, there will always be a core of highly involved individuals that are in the club to lead! There will be people that are the educators and there are the builders/experimenters. Our hobby can support all of these. This is also what you will see as a cross section of club life.
I'm just beginning to dabble with APRS since I really enjoy public service events. I have two APRS units that I use. one fits in a camera case and contains the following
Ft-150 HT the transmitter and reciever you need to send and receive the packets. Garmin GPS 18X - this is apowered magnetic GPS receiver that you need to gather your position data TinyTrac 3 -This deciphers the GPS data, adds data about you and short messages and converts it to a packet to send on the radio.
This is a basic version of APRS, I use this primarily as a tracker
APRS can be used for much much more and I'm learning that as well. The above sites will help.
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