Re: Fire In The Wire
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While not an expert in my 60 years of ham radio I find that 5 watts even with a good antenna is iffy depending on the bands, the gray line, etc. I am down in Florida in a 3rd floor condo with a large balcony and even FT8 is iffy at times compared with my G5RV at home. My plan for next year is to run at least 25 watts and use my Buddipole and/Buddistick along with my mag loop. I left it home this year depending on a QRPGuys 3 band vertical hanging down from our balcony but too much metal in the concrete and stucco siding and a mag loop. I really need to get my equipment down on the beach as antennas need to be discreet in our rented condo.
Make sure to have some form of an antenna analyzer when you set up any of your antennas. Every little bit of power out is helpful. I prefer a YouKits analyzer as it works and is easy to use. Nothing fancy but it tells me SWR and impedance. Works well tuning the Buddistick and pole, and mag loop.
The Super Antenna MP1 is also a good portable antenna but your PAC 12 is good also. I have used both.
So 25 watts at least, best antenna you can put up, and an analyzer for tuning. Have fun.
David J. Wilcox K8WPE’s iPad
On Mar 14, 2020, at 3:32 PM, Joshua Wood <WoodJRx@...> wrote: