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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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.
The only option is getting an old boat anchor. And then it’s a challenge of finding tubes.
Thank you for your honest opinion and for the time you share with us here.
Thank you brother!
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?
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.
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,
My emails to [email protected] keep getting returned.
Did you block me ☹️
NO! I’ve literally had that many emails over the weekend while I was teaching that it overloaded my inbox.
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),
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