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High Minimum SWR (2.5 - 3.0) on 20m Apr 3rd, 10:53 5 128 2 weeks, 4 days ago
WAS - CW; Need SD to complete Jul 22nd 2015, 20:14 1 460 on 22/7/15
Ideas for an Apartment Balcany Antenna Apr 21st 2012, 03:04 2 1,668 on 21/4/12
QSL Card Call Sign Format Mar 12th 2012, 01:10 3 1,818 on 20/3/12

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High Minimum SWR (2.5 - 3.0) on 20m WA2FTV on 3/4/16
Hello Everybody,

I am hoping someone can provide some insight to this issue.

I have a homemade fan dipole (40m, 20m, 15, 10m) inside my apartment mounted near the ceiling with swag hooks along the perimeter of the room walls. There is no way to get an outside antenna. The wires are about 2 inches apart.

Readings below are from a MFJ 259 antenna analyzer.

On 10m, 15m and 40m, I can get a decent minimum SWR at resonance (1.25 - 1.5).

However, on 20m, the lowest SWR I can achieve is in the 2.5 -3.0 at resonance. Does anyone have a guess as to why and what might be causing this and is there a remedy?

Thank You for your input. It is appreciated very much.

Best Regards and 73s

WAS - CW; Need SD to complete WA2FTV on 22/7/15
Hello Everybody,

I hope everyone is doing well.

I am down to one state to complete the W.A.S. - CW Award.

I need only South Dakota.

My CW speed is in the 5-10 WPM range. I can slow down to your speed.

I am looking for a South Dakota resident amateur that would be willing to schedule a CW QSO with me and then confirm the QSO with a QSL card (I am not on Log Book of the World yet). I will send a SASE.

I am available for a QSO from mid day to early - mid evening (16:00 - 24:00 UTC) most days. I operate stationary mobile in a local park. The bands I have available that are most likely to connect are 20m - 10m.

Looking at the propagation charts, it appears that the best time for likely success would be between 16:00 UTC and 20:00 UTC on the 14 MHz band. We could plan on using 14.125 MHz at 16:00 UTC.

I would be most appreciative if someone would step forward.

You may contact me at

Thank you and 73s

Ideas for an Apartment Balcany Antenna WA2FTV on 21/4/12
Greetings Everyone,

I am looking for ideas for HF antennas (80-10) that would fit on an apartment balcany that measures about 9' 6" x 10'6" x 5'. The outside of the apartment complex buildings have aluminum siding.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

QSL Card Call Sign Format WA2FTV on 12/3/12
Hello Everybody,

I have a QSL card callsign format that I would like some feedback on.

I moved to a new call area a few years ago and still have my original callsign, which I plan on keeping. Does anyone every have their QSL cards print with their callsign and the portable location included. Using my own callsign as an example. WA2FTV/4 Is this ever done?

I am thinking about doing this when I order my qsl cards here shortly.

Thank you.


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