This weekend, I was lucky enough to have my brother come visit and bring his HF radio a TS-2000. I absolutely loved being on the HF, I was able to speak all over, Italy, Portugal, K5D, Texas, las vegas.. Quite a weekend id say.
Now its time for me to build my own station.
My antenna is a Simple Di-pole, 60 feet of 14 gauge wire on each side, up about 50 feet horizontal. Its feed by 450 ohm ladder line.
Now onto what im after.
The Ts-2000 had an auto tuner, but Couldn't get this antenna into tune on 40 and 80 meters. His maunual one he brought did no problem. as well as a smaller Autotuner for a mobile.
I have no intentions of pushing big watts, 100 will be just fine for me.
I'm looking for an entry level HF radio. With an auto tuner would be nice, but I'm really after a separate auto tuner that can handle 100 or so watts.
Also, Id like recommendations on a Balun? As We used the manual tuner to simply bring the ladder line into a coax in bypass mode to use the auto tuner on the radio.
My Ideal setup.
Ladder line, to balun, to auto tuner, to radio. Simple is good here.
I have no real Preference in radios at this point.
I was looking at the Icom IC-718. Seems well rounded enough to be a first radio. What accessories would I need/want?
Power supplies , different mic's, speakers?
whats nice to have?
I also like the Yaesu FT-450AT with the auto tuner, All id really need is a Power supply with it and im good to go.
but with the auto tuner, there is a possibility that it might not tune my wire for 40 and 80 like the TS-2000 and id then have to spend more on a tuner.
Maybe it would be safer to simply get the FT-450 and an external tuner, so I can always have that tuner on hand for other radios as well.
Sorry for the long winded post, I just wanted to get my thoughts and ideas out there for some brain storming/ideas back.
Ps. my brother tells me the hard part is over, making the antenna as well as you can and getting it in a good spot makes all the difference in this hobby, and that the radios are just tools to use that antenna and they all can get the job done pretty similarly.
Check out my Youtube videos from this weekend! MAN was I excited/nervous http://www.youtube.com/user/KC2UOO