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    I put an ICOM 2300H in my truck a couple months...

    I put an ICOM 2300H in my truck a couple months ago when I git my ticket back after a 50 year "break!" I put an MFJ 1402 shorty antenna on the roof of my truck and it works great! On the base I am...
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    I had time to play around with this a little bit...

    I had time to play around with this a little bit this evening and I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to access one of the local repeaters with good signal using this antenna and a Chinese 5 watt...
  3. James, I am playing around with the MFJ-2240...

    James,

    I am playing around with the MFJ-2240 portable dipole for 40 M and so far so good and they make them for the bands you are interested in. It was a bear to get tuned in but once there I...
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    Yeah, ya can make all kinds of neat stuff with a...

    Yeah, ya can make all kinds of neat stuff with a lathe!
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    If you lived a little closer I'd make you a great...

    If you lived a little closer I'd make you a great deal on an extra lathe! It took me years to convince wife.gov that I needed a lathe and now that I am a retired machinist she saw my wisdom. Every...
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    I had a little spare time today so I played...

    I had a little spare time today so I played around with this a bit. I mounted it on a 10' piece of 1 1/2" white sch 40 PVC with the coax running down through the pipe. I didn't do any element...
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    Are you generalizing when you say that it "reads...

    Are you generalizing when you say that it "reads 12 volts at the radio" or is that an exact measurement? On a healthy automotive electrical system you would get 13.5 - 14 volts so if the converter...
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    Well, it looks like I'm out of quarantine so...

    Well, it looks like I'm out of quarantine so thank you mods! I plan on getting a chunk of white PVC pipe next time I'm by HD so wife.mil doesn't have to hold it as she wasn't amused by being a...
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    Tested the antenna today, until wife.gov got...

    Tested the antenna today, until wife.gov got tired of holding it and decided tweaking was in order. As initially assembled SWR was 1:3! :nightmare: I loosened the aduster screw and pulled the top...
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    Part 2 of build

    I then attached the lower element, soldered a lug to the coax shield, and connected it to the element with a stainless steel sheet metal screw.
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    OK, had some spare time this afternoon and I have...

    OK, had some spare time this afternoon and I have finished the antenna! But, it's dark so I'll have to wait and test it tomorrow... :blue:

    I changed up from the first post and used the dimensions...
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    I agree that it likely wouldn't be durable and...

    I agree that it likely wouldn't be durable and that's what prompted me to go the tubing route. The center insulator will be Delrin and adjustable so the spacing between top and bottom can be varied.
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    UPS was running really late today so maybe I'll...

    UPS was running really late today so maybe I'll play with it tomorrow.

    I have an MFJ-1402 on my truck so this will probably be up at our cabin. Our cabin is at 962 feet and I will be putting it...
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    I see my last reply hasn't been approved but I'll...

    I see my last reply hasn't been approved but I'll post this anyway. My aluminum tubing should be here tomorrow and if I have time I'll start putting the antenna together and post pics
  15. It could be a loading coil I know my MFJ antenna...

    It could be a loading coil I know my MFJ antenna is similar and has a load coil...
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    I'm going to give it a whirl and see what...

    I'm going to give it a whirl and see what happens. Ordered some 1" Al tubing from McMaster today so should be able to start on it by weekend. I'll let you know how it works.
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    Dem - Thanks for the reply. Not really looking...

    Dem - Thanks for the reply. Not really looking for any DX work right now but just wanting to stick up a simple external vertical antenna to talk through local repeaters. I just got my General this...
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    Ideas on 2M Vertical

    I ran across this 2M vertical antenna and am thinking about making one with some changes:

    http://kv5r.com/ham-radio/simple-2-meter-antenna

    I am thinking of using 1" aluminum tubing with a...
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    Howdy from North Texas

    Hi. Went to the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club last night intending to take the Technician exam and if I passed that then I could take a stab at the General test just because I was there and there...
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