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White noise Sep 11th 2017, 20:35 3 5,729 on 12/9/17

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White noise W2AAO on 12/9/17
You are right Zack And thanks for the response. My measurement for the 20m dipole was actually 198" (197.something"), doing my math from the 14.225mhz. (for each side). I thought that to be good enough, with the tuner of course. For a quick test antenna anyways. Both of my attempts to go HF were during the day. I do know what HF is supposed to sound like My dad first licensed in 1971 (I was 8yrs old) and I listened to that every morning when my dad would do radio in our study just outside my bedroom .And I've been to many Field Days. My radio today doesn't sound like that. My dad isn't active too much any more. But He really got into ham radio. I think he still goes to the club meetings. I thought he would be tickled when I passed Extra, but I got little response. But all PTSD aside. I don't have any experience with HF, and I'm pretty sure it isn't the radio(s). I do have a 6m whip that HRO sent me by accident, accidentally. I tried that and should have been able to receive something, Don't you think. I'm just starting to break the ice with the club here, and I'm sure I'll find a few Elmer's I just need to be patient, You know.
Thanks gain for the come back, Zack. 73 Larry W8LMC
White noise W2AAO on 11/9/17
My Dad gave an Icom 737. I was so excited Because even though I've been around Amateur Radio and have held every license class from Novice. I've never dug into the hobby. I've always wanted to. But life happened. Anyway I had limited space so I bought a Buddistick. Hooked it all up turned it on... White noise. nothing not even CW across all bands. Took the ol' boy to a professional radio guy. He replaced 7 (I think) trimmer capacitors. I brought it home hooked it up. same result. Put it on the floor in the closet. That was that. I spent my wad on the old rig. Went and got Extra, but still let it all go. Just didn't have time. Now I've got some time and some new resources so I bought a brand new Yaesu FT-891 with FC-50 tuner. Hooked it up to the Buddistick. same result. Checked the 50' coax. perfect continuity on the shield and the center conductor. Made a 98" (each side) wire dipole for 20m's. same result just white noise. What am I doing wrong? (ps. My dad lives far away. I don't think he gives a rip about my interests in Hamming. Otherwise I'd ask him).

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