It's getting nicer outside and it's nice weather to do your outside work on building your antenna project. So now is the time to plan, build and enjoy. It does not have to be an elaborate antenna. It can be as simple as a dipole or J-Pole Antenna. Most parts to build a simple antenna such as these are readily available at Lowes or Home Depot. If you are thinking of a simple 2 meter beam antenna think about a quad antenna using Grey Electrical PVC Pipe.
I prefer the Grey Electrical due to it being UV Protected and won't deteriorate as fast in the sunlight. Also there are many different angle pieces you can use in the design of your antenna. If your thinking of a J-Pole Antenna or a small beam antenna, think about using copper pipe. I have seen people use the pvc pipe and make a wire beam antenna. If you use normal pvc pipe I would make sure you paint it. This way it will have some uv light protection.
I would make sure if you are building an antenna of some sort have the proper tools and equipment. I would definitely have a good SWR Antenna Analyzer . MFJ, Comet and Rig Expert make some excellent SWR Antenna Analyzers. I would also make sure you have some good Hand Tools for cutting and stripping wire. I would also recommend you have a good pvc cutter to cut the pvc pipe. Yes you should have plenty of Nuts, Bolts and Washers handy. Maybe even some pvc glue if this antenna is somewhat permanent. Just remember the larger the antenna the hard it is to stand up to the harsh winter wind and cold environment.
Of course you can go with any type of ham antenna, but it may be easiest to go with a wire dipole antenna. Yes there are plenty of excellent ham antennas to buy or build. I do feel it may be an antenna that will provide excellent results. My multiband dipole antenna receives and transmits from the 6 meter band all the way to the 80 meter band. It also gets a portion of the 160 meter band. I am hearing stations all around the world, of course time of year and band conditions do make a difference.
Now if you don't have a huge yard with tall trees you can go with a multiband vertical antenna. There are some made by Hygain and Cushcraft that do not need ground radials. I have seen videos and read where they have excellent results. If you are looking for information and reviews I would check out eham.net as well as youtube videos.
I do believe it is better to start out simple and work your way up as you learn more and more. Remember the whole experience of the ham radio hobby is to enjoy it.
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It can be quite a task when you are starting out in the ham radio hobby. You may have a hard time deciding on whether to buy new ham radio equipment or to go with used ham radio equipment. If you go with new it can be a little expensive. I know for myself the Kenwood TS-2000 was over $2000 dollars. I have other antennas that I bought and have not set up due to size restrictions in my lot. So if I had a chance to do it again what would I do differently ?
Well I think I would go through Ebay and look at the used ham radios and equipment. The only thing I would stress is to check out the reviews and ratings on the seller before buying. Nobody needs a boat anchor and a bum deal. Now Ebay does have quite a few nice ham radios and deals. I have browsed thru there many times and I see some awesome deals.
There are plenty of ham radios that are a few years old and work very well. That's not to mention all the other pieces of Ham Radio Equipment that you will need. One idea is to go with a multiband mobile ham radio, power supply, manual antenna tuner and a multiband dipole antenna. Of course make sure you have the proper ham radio license to transmit on the ham radio bands you are planning on using. Getting your license requires some study material and your time. Taking the test for the various licenses is free, so just check in your local area for who is giving the tests. I have taken mine at the local college at the ham radio club. I took my Technician test at the local Ham Fest.
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I have had my General Ham Radio License since June 2010. I have my Kenwood TS-2000 Radio and a Multiband Dipole Antenna. I use a Big MFJ Cross Needle SWR Meter and a MFJ 993B Automatic Antenna Tuner. My Power Supply is a Diamond GVZ-4000. I have other goodies in my Ham Shack such as a 11 Meter Radio, Scanner and Shortwave Radio. I have other Antennas that I am homebrewing, such as a Moxon for 17 Meters, 6 Meter Quad and a few others. I generally listen quite a bit while working on my computer.