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Author Topic: FT-897D PORTABLE ANTENNA SUGGESTIONS?  (Read 564 times)
KA1LMR
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« on: October 01, 2007, 08:17:10 PM »

Hello I have a few questions, I am looking to get a used FT-897D mostly for portable use.

what do you suggest for a good, compact all band antenna to take along with this radio?

I was considering the AT-897 to mount on the side what type of compact portable antenna would this be good for?

Also instead of getting a AT-897 is there another kinda of portable antenna that would work good that has its own tuner ?

Such as using the MFJ-1621 portable antenna that has a whip antenna and a tuner built right into the base and not need to get a AT-897 at all? Or is there a a better easy to take around compact all band portable  antenna that would work without an at-897 or another that would??

I appreciate the input
73 Chris KA1LMR
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ONAIR
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007, 10:38:43 PM »

For 20 meters and up, make some coaxial bazooka dipoles for each band.  They are inexpensive,  resonant to frequency, and can be flung up over a tree limb!
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W3LK
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007, 12:25:29 PM »

Do an eHam search on "portable antennas". There must be two dozen threads (at least) answering this question already.

73,

Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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W7AIT
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2007, 11:29:51 AM »

Buddipole.  I've had excellent results with mine.
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N5EAT
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2007, 10:56:43 PM »

I have and 897 with LDG tuner attached.  I've had good results with the PAR electronics end fed wire antennas.  They are light and easy to deploy.  I really also like the Buddistick or the MJF manual screwdriver antenna with 12ft whip.  If attached to a proper "other half" or ground - it radiates gangbusters.

But if I had to just drag the radio and an antenna - i'd go with the Par.  Check out the reviews.  The 10/20/40 model is extremely light and will work well with your tuner.  If deployed and adjusted properly - it won't need a tuner.
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