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My Antennas
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Back in March 2015 I was looking for a new electronics building project. I wanted something that would be a challenge but also be useful so a transceiver project seemed like a good idea. After considerable research I thought that an SDR based transceiver would be useful as this was something I had little experience of. I discovered the mcHF transceiver created by Chris, M0NKA.

Since starting this wonderful hobby in October 2014, I decided  that I would try to concentrate on chasing DX and contests as I am not much of a rag-chewer. The traditional methods of exchanging QSL cards, namely direct and bureau, can be horrendously slow, I thought that I would try to concentrate on the electronic methods of QSL.

Much as I enjoy the hexbeam (and I still get a kick out of watching the SCAM12 mast go up-and-down) I have been looking for something suitable for the lower bands (40m/80m). 

Not wanting to antagonize my neighbours any more than absolutely necessary. I have been thinking about a vertical, something that can be partially masked by the trees at the end of my 35m garden. This should also remove the antenna far enough from houses so that RFI isn't a problem.

So, not being content with my OCF Dipole, I started to investigate alternative antennas. My basic criteria were as follows:

  • Support as many bands as possible
  • Directional so that the majority of European stations are not S9+20
  • Fit in my 7m (23 ft) x 30m (100ft) back garden