Ham Radio Operators! What radio / band do you use?

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That is a good radio, and I'm sure it'll give you great performance for many years. I presume you have installed it by now. Have you had a chance to use it yet? If you need/want somebody to chat with, let me know.
Unfortunately, I have not. Still deciding on mounting location, and finding a good NGP antenna. I know that's not ideal particularly for propagation, but that's the route I'm headed.

Input on NGP 2m 1/4 wave antennas?
 

TurboMinivan

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#24
Input on NGP 2m 1/4 wave antennas?
Yeah--they don't exist. By definition, a 1/4-wave antenna requires a ground plane. Well, okay, I guess that's not entirely correct. You can run a 1/4-wave antenna without a ground plane, but its performance will be substantially compromised. This is why antenna manufacturers tell you a 1/4-wave antenna requires a suitable ground plane for proper operation... but it looks like you already know that.

What do you do if you don't have a suitable ground plane? Use a 1/2-wave design instead. They are extremely forgiving when installed without a ground plane, and still perform very well. This is one more reason why I'm such a fan of the Larsen NMO2/70B antenna.

Do you think you can find/make room for that antenna on your rig? Somewhere? Anywhere?
 
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