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I recently got a buddy on the air and ran his antenna tucked under the facia of the vinyl siding. No wire visible other than the 1 foot hop from where it exited the house. Used an ICOM AH-1 to tune it.
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Old May 3rd, 2021, 10:40 AM #3042
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Iím running mine along the top ridge of my roof inside of my attic. I have to bend the ends downward since the wire is longer than my roof ridge. It works really well. Due to the orientation of my house my antenna is orientated. SSW to NNE. Which means it radiates WNW to ESE. I can pick up stations from South Africa to Alaska but Mexico and the UK are a little weaker.

The only issue I have with this setup is that my antenna also runs parallel to my HVAC control wires from the thermostat to the air handler. When I transmit at 100w Iím generating some common mode current in the control wire and I fried out my fancy ecobee thermostat. Iíve added chokes, and shielded the control wires but it still seems to pickup current. For now Iím limited to 30w or less.
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I came across this. An "HOA friendly" (oxymoron alert!) antenna that seems to have a very high usable bandwidth. It seems to give you much more real estate than a dipole at least. I'm not sure how great it would really be on 160 but...

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Passed the Technician Class test on Friday...waiting for my Call Sign....maybe Monday. I only have a handheld at the moment, but have successfully programmed in the local repeaters...I think...I can hear the Calvert Guys chatting, but nothing from the La Plata one yet...mostly just check in and listen to the EMS call outs. I think I have the offsets and tones correctly entered...Hope to find out soon.
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Passed the Technician Class test on Friday...waiting for my Call Sign....maybe Monday. I only have a handheld at the moment, but have successfully programmed in the local repeaters...I think...I can hear the Calvert Guys chatting, but nothing from the La Plata one yet...mostly just check in and listen to the EMS call outs. I think I have the offsets and tones correctly entered...Hope to find out soon.
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Passed the Technician Class test on Friday...waiting for my Call Sign....maybe Monday. I only have a handheld at the moment, but have successfully programmed in the local repeaters...I think...I can hear the Calvert Guys chatting, but nothing from the La Plata one yet...mostly just check in and listen to the EMS call outs. I think I have the offsets and tones correctly entered...Hope to find out soon.
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I really need to get off my butt and do this. Just haven’t taken the time to get it done. I am going to make it a short term goal to do this in 6 months.
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I really need to get off my butt and do this. Just havenít taken the time to get it done. I am going to make it a short term goal to do this in 6 months.
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Passed the Technician Class test on Friday...waiting for my Call Sign....maybe Monday. I only have a handheld at the moment, but have successfully programmed in the local repeaters...I think...I can hear the Calvert Guys chatting, but nothing from the La Plata one yet...mostly just check in and listen to the EMS call outs. I think I have the offsets and tones correctly entered...Hope to find out soon.
Congrats. I use the Brandywine VHF repeater once in a while, don't leave it off your list. Down your way you are likely to run into a certain crane operator on the repeaters during commuting times. His call sign ends with Worlds Ugliest Man. He's a great guy
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