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To Upgrade or...

SEPTEMBER 18, 2022


To Upgrade or

09/18/22 08:20 AM

To upgrade or not to upgrade. That is the question!

I've been thinking about a couple of antenna upgrades for my ham radio station for quite a while now, and have not been able to settle on a decision. There are just too many variables in the equation.

If I didn't have a working station, it would be a far easier decision. But, to invest time, effort, and money, without a real idea as to what I'm up against and what will result, has made the decision all the more difficult.

I say a couple of antenna upgrades because I have a 2 meter j-pole and a 20 meter dipole. Both are simple antennas and both are omni-directional. It's the omni-directional part upon which I would like to make my improvements. I'm just not sure, as my son would say, that the juice is worth the squeeze.

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Expectations

09/18/22 09:15 AM

I want to add to the above post that I have no doubt an antenna upgrade would improve things. The real question still is: What are my expectations for the improvements?

Over the years I have learned that bad bands are very simply bad bands and its next to impossible to create a band opening with antennas. Even if you can get somewhere, can the station you've reached out to get back to you (likely trying to use your antenna as a crutch for the contact?)


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