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Antenna Discussion Board / Re: Wire antenna's
« Last post by 26JS07 on March 08, 2022, 11:54:42 am »
Hi Matthew
Dave has has got it spot on with regards horizontal mounted antenna. These are really only ok for skip and not so good for local chatter. After a quick Google search I'd be inclined to try the double bazooka as this is basically a wire dipole. It will be directional (signal is radiated 90 degrees to the antenna).
Personally I'd be trying possible to get a vertical up. Even if its a t2lt on a fibreglass pole that can be put up and down as required

Hope this helps
James. 26JS07 (26AM07)
Antenna Discussion Board / Re: Wire antenna's
« Last post by DaveA on March 08, 2022, 09:59:35 am »
Hi Matthew,

With any horizontal antenna for 11 metres you are going to have problems speaking to anybody locally (horizontally polarised groundwaves just don't seem to travel very far).  They're okay for long distance skip (when atmospheric conditions are right) but fairly hopeless for short range ground wave comm's unfortunately.

As always I'm happy for someone to come along and correct me, but these are my experiences so far.

Antenna Discussion Board / Re: Wire antenna's
« Last post by 26AM081 on March 08, 2022, 08:34:54 am »
Hi Matthew, personally I've not experimented with such antenna on any band. To me the Double Bazooka is basicaly a dipole,whether that be in the vertical or horizontal plan but with coax as the driven elements in a DC shorted configuration.

I guess these shares some similarities to a Folded Dipole, but could possible be regarded as a Stub Match configuration.

I'm sure others will post advice soon, but I need to read-up on these types of antenna's, and possible try one out. But I would say it probably has a wider bandwidth compaired to a traditional dipole.

Regarding the Zepp to me that is another name for a J-pole antenna, but I could be wrong. But J-poles and it's bigger brother the Slim Jim are good antenna's which I have used numerious times. I would say the TXis  better than RX, but that may have also been conditions at the time.

I'm curious to the troubles you've been having with verticals.

73's Bill

Antenna Discussion Board / Wire antenna's
« Last post by Matthew on March 05, 2022, 02:37:48 pm »
Hello Alpha Mike forum members,

I want to try out a wire antenna due to having difficulties with a vertical antenna in my current location.
I have had advice as to three different antenna's and wondering if any of you have experience with these:
Double Bazooka 1/2 wave 11M
Double Zepp 5/8 wave 11M
Almost invisible endfed Kevlar wire 1/2 wave 11M

Interested to read any feedback or experiences.
26AM013 Matthew
Members Introductions & (Callsign Requests) / Re: Call sign request (Issued)
« Last post by ZXBasic on March 04, 2022, 08:07:56 am »
Hi Matthew and welcome to Alpha Mike DX Group.

I am delighted to allocate you 26AM013 call sign.

73ís Alpha Mike Admin

Members Introductions & (Callsign Requests) / Re: Call sign request
« Last post by 26AM081 on March 04, 2022, 08:05:47 am »
Hi Matthew and welcome to AMDX Group. Your receive your call sign very soon.


DE Bill 26AM081
Members Introductions & (Callsign Requests) / Call sign request (Issued)
« Last post by Matthew on March 03, 2022, 02:22:57 pm »
Hello Alpha Mike Group,

My name is Matthew, after a break of a few years I have started DX'ing again and very much like to obtain an Alpha Mike callsign.
In my youth I was very active in several of the old DX groups that (as far as i can see) have unfortunately faded out.
One of my proudest moments was become a Mike Echo Whiskey in the old Magnificent Earwigs group.

I am located in Abingdon in the county of Oxfordshire, and if available I would like to request 26AM013.

With kind regards,
Antenna Discussion Board / V2000 Tri-Bander.
« Last post by 26AM081 on February 27, 2022, 10:05:54 am »
Installed the new V2000 antenna yesterday. Working a treat on 6m, 2m and 70cms. Still need to tweek the S.W.R. for 6m, but very happy so far with it's performance.


The tip of the antenna is peaking just over 220 feet ASL.
DX Reports & Contacts / 2mtrs is great!
« Last post by 26AM081 on February 19, 2022, 02:14:15 pm »
Just worked a station from my QTH to Chelmsford using only QRP power. R5-S9 each way. Distance was just over 30 miles away

Mode: FM Simplex
Frequency: 145.475
Power: 5 Watts
Antenna: Sharmon X510

New Yaesu FT-736R is working a treat.  ;)
Transceiver Discussion Board / Yaesu FT-736R
« Last post by 26AM081 on February 17, 2022, 04:28:50 pm »
Another classic old Yaesu from around 1994. The FT736R is technically a Quad Bander covering 6m, 2m, 70cms and 23cms, however 6m and 23cms are optional add-ins.

This particular 736R I have has the optional 6m module installed.

It's in a very nice condition for its age, but it could do with a service for peek performance.

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