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Author Topic: First Rig!  (Read 477 times)
TB23T
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« on: March 06, 2002, 10:34:39 AM »

After passing my Tech exam I decided to purchase that first rig. I went with the Icom IC706MKIIG due to the reviews on this site. Now it's antenna time! I picked up a Comet SBB5NMO 146/446MHz Dual Bander for 2 & 440, along with a SGC SG-237 Smarttuner for the HF side. Now I'm looking for the best HF antenna that will cover the 10-160 HF Bands. From what I've researched here it appears that the screwdriver style antenna would best fit the needed slot. I'm debating between the Tarheel and the High Sierra but am open to any and all suggestions on the best mobile HF antenna for my setup.
FYI, this is going into a Dodge 3/4T extended cab 4X4.

Thx,
Gary
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KE4YH
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2002, 12:46:04 PM »

Gary,
I suggest before you purchase a mobile antenna you read "Everything you Forgot to Ask About HF Mobileering." by Don Johnson, W6AAQ. This little book will explain which antennae work in the mobile environment and why. Will also help you avoid the many pitfalls of the mobile installation.
If your local library doesn't have it it's available from the World Radio web site for $8.00.
73
Stew
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KU4ET
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2002, 11:24:08 AM »

Gary,
If you decide to go with a screwdriver type antenna, you shouldn't use the SGC tuner with it. The SGC is made to tune a random wire (or for mobile, a plain whip antenna like a CB 108" SS whip). The screwdrivers have a center loaded, tunable (via the motor) coil to adjust the antenna resonance.
I'm getting ready to buy one of the Stealth II antennas.

73,
Owen KU4ET
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