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Author Topic: Newbie looking for advice  (Read 4478 times)
KM6XP
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« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2018, 09:11:00 AM »

Thank guys!  Really appreciate the suggestions and support.  I am thinking voice is where I will primarily be for now and that only leaves me with limited 10m use with this rig, that’s why I will be taking AND passing the General in the next few weeks.  I purchased the radio before I even took the exam, call it motivation lol. Without a General class license, I would have limited HF voice use on this radio.  So I am thinking 10m voice now, once I have the General I will use all HF bands where I have privileges.

I also just picked up a mint condition pre-owned IC-718 with SSB filter and carry handle for $400, this will be a back up/emergency unit, yeah, I know, but when I get into a hobby it’s 100%.

Gonna get a 2m rig at some point but I will stick with getting HF nailed down first.

Great suggestions on temporary antenna and station, that’s what I a thinking of doing perhaps on the weekends only for set up until I nail down a permanent antenna, cable routes, etc.

I still think I will pick up a antenna tuner for the 718, thinking the LDG IT100 auto tuner? This will pretty much tune a beer can right? Lol. Open to other suggestions too.

Power supply, thinking Aston is what I will get, looking at the RS-35m or the VS-35m, both 35A linear power supply.  The VS allows variable voltage, not sure if I need this?

K0UA, thanks for the kind offer, I will take you up on that!



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KC1BMD
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« Reply #31 on: September 22, 2018, 09:45:58 AM »

10M SSB will be very tough now (not impossible, but nearly). You can increase odds by setting up a sked with another op. CW would increase your chances a bit (on 10m) but I'm guessing that will not be a preferred mode. Don't discount that, it's adds an entirely new dimension to the hobby. If you're going to be getting your General ticket soon, I'd focus on that and getting an antenna up that can operate on 40m and/or 20m to start (both have decent SSB activity and DX if you want to chase that and if you can manage both, you get daytime and evening operation). Good luck and let us know how you make out.
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« Reply #32 on: September 22, 2018, 10:59:22 AM »


X,


Congratulation on becoming a Ham -.-.--


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« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2018, 12:24:27 AM »

Power supply, thinking Aston is what I will get, looking at the RS-35m or the VS-35m, both 35A linear power supply.  The VS allows variable voltage, not sure if I need this?

Congrats!

Sometimes it is nice to be able to tweak the voltage a little. Sometimes raising or lowering the voltage a little can make radios run better or run cooler depending on the radio.
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73, Stan
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« Reply #34 on: September 23, 2018, 07:46:16 AM »

The Variable voltage is not normally needed.  Don't forget to cut out and send in the UPC code on the original box for the 7300 to get your money from Icom.  It takes a while, but the check will come.  It is sad that both 6 and 10 meters are both relativity inactive this time of year due to the E skip season being over now. But hopefully you will get your General real soon, and can get on the lower frequencies.

Of course with the sunspot cycle in such poor shape right now, many of us have migrated over to the digital modes to keep working some DX stations.  Of course nothing beats FT8 for making contacts, but it does lack the experience of having an actual voice communication with someone. If you need any help getting your 7300 on to FT8 when you get your general just give me a jangle.  It is very easy, and all you need is a simple USB cable between the rig and your computer. Interfacing doesn't get much easier.

Just remember that while you have a very beautiful, feature rich transceiver, an Amateur Radio station is really defined by its antenna system. A mediocre radio with an excellent antenna system will always outperform an excellent radio with a mediocre antenna system.  What I am getting at here, is that you can throw up temporary and compromise antennas to get started, you should always strive to improve your antenna system to the best of your finances and ability.
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KM6XP
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« Reply #35 on: September 23, 2018, 01:56:51 PM »

Thanks for the sound advice, I am taking the General exam on October 13th, and I am studying an hour or so day. I want to get this completed ASAP as a tech. ticket really limits me from what I want to do.   As for the antenna, yep, I hear you loud and clear, while it will need to be a somewhat compromised antenna, I want the best I can do.  The good thing is I am 100% committed to making this work, heck I just bought two ICOM HF rigs before I passed my first exam,  while I can easily afford this stuff, I am not going just have them sitting in boxes doing nothing, lol.  I will get everything working but I do understand I need to still learn a lot.

I am thinking an end-fed wire dipole mounted around the facia on the 2nd story of my house might be the best compromise stealth/performance, something like the MyAntenna Multiband or a shorter Multiband vertical will likely just purchase both and try them out.

Well, back to studying, I will post an update soon.  Hope to get on the air soon too.

73, Xavier
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KC1BMD
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« Reply #36 on: September 23, 2018, 02:21:14 PM »

If you cannot get the antenna away from the house, you might be better off with a balanced antenna (e.g. center fed dipole). Nevertheless, from many reports the MyAntennas EFHW antennas seem to make people happy. I have one to toss in a tree once in a while to check it out. Try some experiments and use what works best for you.
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« Reply #37 on: September 23, 2018, 03:29:19 PM »

The Variable voltage is not normally needed.

Until it is needed. Then it is nice to have.
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« Reply #38 on: September 25, 2018, 10:16:39 AM »

I was thinking attic dipole or multi band vertical that could be mounted on the ground on the side of house on a 12” pole.  Not the best options but I want this to be lower profile, for  astetics.  I understand it will be a compromise but I hope I will still get some range.

Before I put up my tower and beam, I mounted a Cushcraft (pre MFJ) R7 vertical, on a 12' pole, just high enough to clear the rain gutters. I worked the world, literally, with that antenna. Probably close to 200 countries. I honestly wish I hadn't got rid of it. No radials required and takes up very little room.

Welcome to the hobby, hope to work you on the bands.

Max
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KM6XP
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« Reply #39 on: September 26, 2018, 12:38:38 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions decided to start with a Myantennas 4010 end fed.  I plan to mount it as a sloper, with the coil box on a 5ft pole, sloping up to a 25-30 ft telescopic mast.  See photo. The length of the front gate to back wall is 68ft.  I can run in above the redwood fence and when I am not using it the mast and wire will really not be visible.  Will start with this, if I am not satisfied, next up will be a vertical.








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« Reply #40 on: September 26, 2018, 04:17:13 PM »


Will start with this, if I am not satisfied, next up will be a vertical.

Excellent.  Full steam ahead.  End feds are my go-to QRP/portable antenna, I think you'll do OK with one.  You may not do as well with a vertical unless you can get an adequate radial field under it.

Mark K5LXP
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« Reply #41 on: September 26, 2018, 05:36:27 PM »

Suggestions: 

1.  Go for an upgrate to General or Extra as soon as possible, or even at the same exam (General does not take much more studying but grants a whole lot more spectrum access)

2.  Listen to John about the radio and power supply.  He's right on.

Brian - K6BRN

At the General Class you will find plenty of DX.I find for the little bit of band space that Extra is a waste of time & effort & highly overrated.Watch the DX Clusters & you will see that the General Class portions of the bands have plenty of DX.I agree about the Astron power supplies but would NOT own the 7300 or any touch screen rig if they were FREE if I were required to keep & use them no matter who made the rig.

Clayton
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KM6XP
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« Reply #42 on: September 27, 2018, 11:47:47 AM »

Taking the General exam on Oct. 13th.  Got my call sign yesterday, yuck, will need to request a vanity call soon.
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KM6XP
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« Reply #43 on: October 07, 2018, 05:37:39 PM »

Well I finally got enough of the stuff I needed to start testing the equipment. I ended up with a MyAntennas EFHW-40-10 end fed half wave.  I only had the transformer box 6ft off th ground and the other end at 10ft, yes I know too low but I was just testing and I am waiting for my 20ft mast.  Either way, SWR was about 1.1-1.3.

The great news, I was able to have my first QSO on 10M @ 28.495.10MHz to W4GOG in South Carolina, pretty stoked, then hit Florida, Georgia, and a few other stations. The Skip was rolling in hard on 10M today.   Impressive to me since it was like talking to somebody local and considering my antenna, I am happy.  Can’t wait to get the antenna up to 20-25 ft.   This was on my ICOM 718, waiting until I get my General to try out the 7300.



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K6BRN
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« Reply #44 on: October 07, 2018, 07:23:56 PM »

Congratulations!  Time to update your eham call....

Amazing how well those MyAntennas work...Smiley
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