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In need of antenna advise for HF

Jan 3rd, 02:26

n3ren

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Taking my USA General License exam in a month. I just bought an Icom 7300 and in the dark about what antenna to buy. I drew pictures of my property and situation but this forum will not let me post them for this initial post. I have an A-99 10M-12M on a chimney mount at the moment. I was looking at a windom or end fed di-pole. 6-40M would be a great all around for me to fine tune what bands interest me the most. I've seen windom and end fed dipoles in the same price range that advertise up to 6M-160M!

I live in a semi-urban area with a property dimension of 175' x 25' (53.3m x 7.6m).
Jan 3rd, 02:42

n3ren

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Side view of my house from the POV of my neighbor in the standalone home.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/9tiDXjj8W9ZyCe8FA


Theoretic side view of my entire property from the POV of my standalone neighbor.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/QAP3GXD9haix25bL9


Simulated aerial view of my property that I want to set up a horizontal multi-band antenna.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sn247UdwVwB3j8y79
Jan 3rd, 02:49

n3ren

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I seen good reviews about this company and maybe the offset dipole will work here https://www.ebay.com/itm/HFedz-Windom-OCFD-80m-6m-HF-antenna-200W-Ham-Radio-Antenna/202314945077?_trkparms=aid%3D333200%26algo%3DCOMP.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D55164%26meid%3Df4b79b2cadfe460c98d10b6b18d0a6de%26pid%3D100752%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D192771485320%26itm%3D202314945077&_trksid=p2047675.c100752.m1982

Or maybe an invert L?

Very excited to advance in Ham Radio and could use information from someone who knows much more than I.

Thank you in advance! N3REN
Jan 3rd, 13:10

W1VT

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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I'd suggest a "fan" dipole for 20 and 40 meters, You could use the two trees to support one half of the dipole.
The 31 ft mast for your vertical may be able to support the other half of the dipole. 15M may load up just fine with a tuner.

Zak W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Jan 3rd, 20:59

n3ren

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Thank you for the reply. I'm recently retired and decided to get away from the 2m/70cm repeater life and make the jump into HF so this is all new to me. I figured I could buy an entry level/reasonably priced multi band antenna to cover 6m to at about 40m to take advantage of this IC-7300 and find my niche in HF before buying higher end specific band antennas.
Jan 3rd, 22:23

n3ren

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Utilizing the mast was something I questioned because I know little about the way a dipole operates/radiates. I didn't know if it would cause trouble either with the Antron vertical or the dipole. Neither would be used at the same time as the other, I was more worried about radiation patterns and SWR.

Thoughts?
Jan 4th, 08:42

W1VT

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Here is a site that describes what happens when you bend a dipole.
https://www.qsl.net/kk4obi/

If you can use an antenna tuner the March 2016 QST has a multiband dipole that is just 48 ft across and covers 10/20/40 meters.

MAR 2016 - QST (PG. 45)

A Compact Multiband Dipole
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Author: Lau, Zack, W1VT
May 20th, 14:09

KG7CHH

Joined: Mar 25th 2013, 22:02
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I'm looking for suggestions for a vertical multi-band antenna for HF in a HOA restricted sub-division. I have done research on the Comet-NCG CHA-250B and a Diamond CP-6AR. The Diamond seems like the better antenna except for the 15 foot radial diameter. Any suggestions, thoughts and insights are greatly appreciated.
May 20th, 15:25

W1VT

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_to_Display_the_American_Flag_Act_of_2005

One approach is to display the American Flag with a sturdy aluminum flagpole, and also use it as an antenna.

https://www.hamfesters.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Stealth-Antenna-Guide.pdf
2015 Antenna Guide for The Villages

Zak Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Aug 6th, 22:21

K0UO

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The best antenna is one that's in the air and on the air

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