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Author Topic: Newbie looking for advice  (Read 4490 times)
K6BRN
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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2018, 10:15:20 AM »

Look up  the  MyAntennas EFHW-8010-2K end fed wire antenna... both its reviews on eham.net (stellar) and at the Myantennas site.  It will cover 10M to 80M including WARC bands and do it pretty well.  Its nearly invisible when up and very easy to erect. I use several, one at a no antennas HOA QTH, with good results.  No tuner needed due to the matching transformer at the feed end. Also buy a feedline RF choke on the same site to help keep RF out of your operating position.

It would be a good and easy antenna to start with.

There is also a shorter version, the EFHW-4010, that omits 80M and the WARC bands.

Use 'em OUTSIDE.

Brian - K6BRN
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KM6XP
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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2018, 12:50:11 PM »

Thanks, guys lots of info here, so cool that you are open to helping a new guy out, lol.

So I am going to post some picture of the house/yard so you can see what I am dealing with. Again, wife approved and Low Profile are important.

So question about warranty on the Icom7300, gigaparts offers extended warranties, are these advisable or should I pass?  I usual don’t purchase them as they aren’t worth it but as I am new to Ham, I thought I would as.  Heck my 46 year old SBE CB still works so perhaps a warranty is not needed, lol. 
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SOFAR
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« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2018, 12:57:36 PM »

Thanks, guys lots of info here, so cool that you are open to helping a new guy out, lol.

So I am going to post some picture of the house/yard so you can see what I am dealing with. Again, wife approved and Low Profile are important.

So question about warranty on the Icom7300, gigaparts offers extended warranties, are these advisable or should I pass?  I usual don’t purchase them as they aren’t worth it but as I am new to Ham, I thought I would as.  Heck my 46 year old SBE CB still works so perhaps a warranty is not needed, lol.  

Buying a warranty (in addition to the 1 year manufacturer warranty) is a personal choice.

If you enter a transceiver model name/number into a search engine, followed by issue, or problems. You'll get an idea of its track record.

Of course.. If it has issues, I would move on to another model. Instead of paying for, and dealing with warranty issues.
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W5TD
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« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2018, 06:57:30 PM »

I really haven't heard of any reliability problems or issues with the Icom 7300. They just seem to work, for the most part.

73 John AF5CC
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WA9UAA
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« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2018, 02:15:59 AM »

I just got an IC 7300 about three weeks ago, what a radio. It hears better than my TS 480 HX that I traded off. STG58762 I just got your user handle Wink lol
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Rob
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« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2018, 02:44:37 PM »

Go for the best you can afford!  You'll grow into (and out of) it soon enough!!  Smiley
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KM6XP
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« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2018, 05:12:57 PM »

I just got an IC 7300 about three weeks ago, what a radio. It hears better than my TS 480 HX that I traded off. STG58762 I just got your user handle Wink lol
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Rob
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Rob, lol,  only a very unique group of folks would.

I am getting the 7300 for sure.  Antenna? Oh what a headache.  Can get on the roof, fragile tile, all hardscape in the back and side yards, and a pool.  Unsightly vertical.  Oh the pain, lol. 

Figure I will get the IC7300
Astron power supply, RS-35m
Antenna turner, not sure I need an external one since the 7300 has an internal tuner, thoughts?  I  internal turner will do the same as th MFJ auto turners?
Antenna  Huh Huh Huh

Thanks again, test coming up Thurs.  I am getting 95-100% on the tech exams, not so great on the General. I plan to take both but I think I need to put in more study on th General materials, Corp America job and family stuff does not leave a ton of time.  Plan to retake the General in 3 wks t the same location, I don’t pass, it’s their next test session and about 5 miles away.
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K5LXP
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« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2018, 08:49:03 PM »


Antennas are hard only when you place unrealistic limitations on them, like trying to put them in places they don't want to go or try and make them invisible.  The secret is to put them in the best spot possible, and not worry about self imposed limitations.   Unless you're behind enemy lines and and can't risk detection, or voluntarily signed a property deed that specifically prohibits antennas, then you *can* put up whatever you want.  I get that you want to make everyone happy but you're embarking on an activity that this may not happen.  That's OK you are not responsible for the contentment of others.  It's nice that you might consider your neighbors but they don't pay your mortgage.  I doubt they would consult you when picking out their house color or if they put a shed up in their yard.  The XYL may think it's ugly but you live there too, and likely she got to pick the furniture or whatever else, maybe even picked the house.  It's just an antenna, not a barn silo or junk cars on blocks.  A wire strung from one point to another, or a skinny aluminum pole.  Put it up and I think you'll be surprised just how little people will care.  And to the ones that care, too bad. They'll get over it.  Life is short, put it up and enjoy your hobby.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM
 

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KM6XP
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« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2018, 04:11:52 PM »

Update, well I took my test yesterday, got 100% on the Tech, so it’s official I am a HAM.  Took the General but did not pass, no surprise as I did not study for it. I am taking the General exam again in 3 wks AFTER I study. 

More importantly, my first step in building my station, look what just showed up! Now I need power supply, etc, etc.  a 2m rig.  My wife is gonna kill me, lol.  I think I just going to put up a ham stick dipole temporary until I decide on a real antenna.

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SOFAR
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« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2018, 04:24:57 PM »

Can get on 6 meters (50 MHz) with the Tech.

I like the way 6 meters is organized.
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KM6XP
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« Reply #25 on: September 21, 2018, 04:34:04 PM »

I know, I will get there soon.
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G4AON
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« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2018, 02:24:12 AM »

Well done on getting the Ham exam passed!

6m is past its best, the excitement of the band occurs around the middle of summer with sporadic E openings.

A full size ground plane or dipole for 20m is a good place to start, the band isn't open 24 hours a day and conditions are not good at the moment, but I worked Japan from a holiday QTH in Spain a few days ago, antenna was a ground plane, feed point 18 foot above ground, fishing pole and wires, power output 50W and CW.

You might investigate FT8, be careful to set up the drive level correctly, 10~20W on 20m should get you a lot of contacts, although it quickly gets boring just clicking a mouse button!

73 Dave
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« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2018, 05:30:23 AM »


Excellent.  Your photo doesn't look real - those boxes should be all scuffed up and crushed like the ones I get.  :-)  Don't sweat the general, it will come in time.  You now have the experience of taking the test to draw on and the next time you go, it'll be a piece of cake.

Don't let perfection get in the way of good enough.  20 and 40 are your money bands.  Put something up - temporary - and have some fun with it.  Experiment with a few different iterations of dipoles and verticals and see what works best for you.  Then worry about going through the trouble of routing feedline, using durable materials and making things "pretty".  Same goes for your station.  Nothing says it has to look like a dispatch console before you can start using it.  Everything piled up on a folding table Field Day style works just fine as you work through the manual and get familiar with the rig.  Over time you'll figure out a layout that works best for your operating style.

Mark K5LXP
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KC1BMD
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« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2018, 06:50:43 AM »

STG58762: Congratulations on getting your ticket. Curious what band(s) and mode(s) you want to start out operating.
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K0UA
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« Reply #29 on: September 22, 2018, 08:09:16 AM »

Too bad the 6 meter Es season is over.  The next one starts about December 1st or so, but it is the "weak" season and not as good as the summer Es season. I managed to get my state total up to 48 and country total up to 21 on 6 meters this season.  Including a contact with Japan.  The 7300 is an excellent rig, I have two of them.

  Remember the tuner in the 7300 is a limited range tuner with a SWR range of 3:1 in normal mode. If you go to emergency mode it will tune about 7:1 in some cases.  Certainly a lot more range of tuning with a reduction to 50 watts maximum in emergency mode.  If you have any questions about the 7300 or would like me to send you a file for setting up your 7300 like I have mine set up, just shoot me an email and we can correspond. I am good on QRZ or you can get my email on this forum.

I would be happy to help "elmer" you long distance on answering any questions you might have on the 7300 and how to interface it for digital modes etc. Enter your phone number in your email and I would be happy to talk to you.

Good luck in building your station and starting your ham career.
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73  James K0UA
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