The Best Antenna For Ham Radio – An Evening With Dr. Bob Heil

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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Will Gray
9 months ago

I use an old design, worked on in the Navy in the 1940s The Tilted Terminated Folded Dipole (TTFD). Longer is better My yard limits me to a lenght of 160yds.and if necessary works ok hodrizontally as well. I use 18g copperweld steel wire (nearyly invisible) with fiberglass spreaders made from electric fence rods with the resistor and balun from Palomar Engiineering. I work an ICOM-7300 into a Palstar 1KW linear and Palstar tuner. Being in MARS and SHARES makes it essential that I can operate across the whole HF spectrum: works fine, even with 75 feet of coax from the tuner to the balun. An auto tuner near the antenna and 450ohm ladder line from the tuner to the antenna might be a bit better but PERFECT is the enemy of GOOD ENOUGH. Join MARS and build one!

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