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Author Topic: Looking to get into HF cheaply.  (Read 8213 times)
K5CQB
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« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2010, 05:27:48 PM »

Hi Zach,
I am the secretary for the KiloCycle Amateur Radio club in Fort Worth.  We have our meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the Ol South Pancake House on University St.  We also have a weekly net on the club repeater on Tuesday nights around 8:30 pm.  146.840 (neg offset, pl tone 110.9).  We will probably be discussing Field Day preparations at the next meeting.  You are more than welcome to stop by.  I am sure there will be many people around to help you.  We also have a yahoo group under the title of W5SH.  

Our club will also have a display at the FWPD Family Day event on Saturday April 24th at 7440 McCart, 10 am to 2pm.  The club president will have an HF rig operating and the R.A.C.E.S. van will be there.

73,
Jim
K5CQB
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KF5BKW
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« Reply #31 on: April 24, 2010, 12:15:11 PM »

OK, major update. I recently agreed to purchase a used Icom Ic-718 for $300, under the guidance of my Scout leader, who could also be considered my "Elmer". It was purchased from the Hill Country ARC. My "elmer" has agreed to loan me an antenna tuner and some antenna wire while I work on getting my own setup complete. So, I have been thinking to purchase an MFJ 901B. If this is a good choice please let me know, I will also be consulting my"elmer". As far as power supply, I will need to get my own before I get on the air so I'm still leaning towards an Astron RS-20A, although any suggestions on that would be welcome.
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K5CQB
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« Reply #32 on: April 25, 2010, 10:39:01 PM »

Zach,
The Icom is a fine radio.  If your able to put up a wire antenna then I suggest you skip the antenna tuner and go for a fan dipole.  I have used an inverted v fan dipole for several years and it has served me well.  Mine was built by alpha delta but I have faith that you could build one just as good Grin

http://www.hamuniverse.com/multidipole.html  

The Astron is a good power supply.  There is a local ham (Walt Williams, W5YUO) that builds an awesome power supply.  If your scoutmaster is a ham then he should be familiar with Walt.
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« Reply #33 on: April 27, 2010, 06:41:32 PM »

Ok, so I have yet another update in the ongoing saga of the soon-to-be station of KF5BKW. At tonight's scout meeting, I talked to my ASM, Mark Culross KD5RXT, who I have mentioned before. He told me that for a power supply, he has a supply from RadioShack ( I know, RadioShack is not generally very good, but he says that these power supplies are gems) that a fellow ham gave him, and that he is willing to give to me, solving that problem. I have solved the basic problems of my station, but any feedback would still be appreciated.

Thanks and 73,
KF5BKW
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« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2010, 02:51:03 PM »

Alright, everything is pretty much wrapped up. My radio was received by my ASM/"elmer" recently. he is letting me use an AH- tuner and 40ft of coax until I cant get my own, and he is giving me a RadioShack 25A switching power supply, as well as a couple of spools of speaker wire to use for my antenna. IF there are ant other reccomendations or other feedback, I'll periodically check back, but otherwise, consider this thread "done".
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W4AIN
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« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2010, 04:47:22 PM »

I have noticed that you were considering a G5RV Jr antenna at one point. Is this still the case? If so, you need to be aware that a G5RV Jr uses 17' of 300Ω twin-lead as a matching section. For this antenna to operate properly, the twin-lead must be at 90º (or very near to it) of the antenna. So, for this antenna to operate as intended, it should be mounted up to about 25' at the feedpoint with the twin-lead coming straight down and connecting to a coax which is run to the station.
I would highly recommend NOT using a vertical antenna if at all possible as a low mounted vertically polarized antenna will pick up a LOT more electrical and phase noise than a horizontally mounted antenna (unless you can install multiple counterpoise wires) . Hope this information helps.

Phil - W4AIN
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KD6KWZ
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« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2010, 05:30:05 PM »

Zach:
Here's some more antennas to think about:

http://www.hamuniverse.com/antennas.html

73
Mike H.
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