Radio Contra Episode 45: Getting an HF Radio Station Running

Radio Contra Episode 45: I cover getting your first HF radio station up and running, from the gear needed to how it all works and a quick antenna calculation for building a simple (and cheap!) dipole.

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10 thoughts on “Radio Contra Episode 45: Getting an HF Radio Station Running

  1. WG

    Do you know of any through-pin HF kits you would consider useful for this work?

    My thoughts are:

    1) I want something I can repair and keep running a long time if necessary with scavenged battlefield pickup toaster parts.

    2) I’m a cheap bastard.

    3) I want to build something so I actually know how to repair it (theoretically).

    But if a 718 or similar (other brands) is the best way to go, just let me know.


  2. Frank sturgess

    Great article! Any sources for a vehicle roof, dish, nvis, antenna? Based on the old 36″ snow saucers or yore? Something that would look like a dish network dish antenna?

    1. Nah, they’re WAY too small for HF for starters and vertical antennas on HF have a horizontal takeoff angle, so they cannot propagate in an NVIS pattern.

  3. Atlas Shrug

    Funny, just now I started doing research on getting set up for HF. I said to myself “hey I should go check out Brushbeater and see what he’s commented on in the past” and that’s what you talked about yesterday….

    “There ain’t no such thing as a coincidence.” TANSTAAC

    Keep your powder dry,
    Atlas Shrug

  4. Atlas Shrug

    And now more research, and I’m reading about the IC-7100…and the IC-718.

    And power supplies, and antenna tuners…

    This is starting to be a small monster, growing by the day.

    Keep your powder dry (and your radio grounded),
    Atlas Shrug

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