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Yaseu FT 102 brakemanbobsmith 3 days, 20 hours ago

Malcolm NC4L has contact and bio information here

Zack Lau W1VT
Upgrade MFJ 784? WA2SAY 4 days, 21 hours ago
Firmware Upgrade
For MFJ-784 users, order MFJ-55, $29.95 Most software features of the new MFJ-784B.

A firmware upgrade is typically a programmable chip with the new software.

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Long run 450 ohm ladder line KJ5GY 1 week, 1 day ago
Remote switching of ladder line is possible, but only if you run QRP, are very lucky, or carefully engineer your system to insure that the voltages are kept low at the switching points.

For many hams, the most practical approach may be to switch antennas using a 50 ohm coaxial switch located near the antennas.

1000' window line is likely to have 2 or 3 dB of loss on 20M, pehaps more in wet weather. You can cut than to less than a dB by using open wire instead of window line.

With this much line loss, you don't really want to run a high SWR, as the losses will become excessive, just like they do when you run moderate lengths of coax with a high SWR.
Here is a summary on using long runs of open wire.

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Restricted space multi band HF antenna recommendations Alfdude1 1 week, 5 days ago
An All-Band Attic Antenna
Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, describes how to make an effective inverted L with an Icom AH-4 autotuner. QST October 2007 pp. 33-37.

Condo associates cannot entirely prohibit displays of the American Flag--now that the Freedom to Display the American Flag act of 2006 is the law of the land. A flagpole with an autotuner at the base can be a very effective antenna on many bands--a 20 ft flagpole works well on 40 through 10 meters,

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer

Dipole or loop? KO0Y 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Another option may be to put up a wideband 80 meter antenna.
Here is a clever open sleeve design by Rudy, N6LF--that actually covers frequencies above and below the 80M band!

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