2M7N50 Antenna Project
Updated 12/05/10 - Read my whole first antenna experience, or jump down to the results here.
I started in ham radio to take part in emergency communications... but I am quickly learning that there is an entire social and hobbiest aspect to it as well. Even though I'm not sure I have time for another hobby right now, the community is very supporting and I am glad for it.
In any case, necessity is the mother of invention, and thus I stumble on my first antenna project. There is a simplex emergency net on FM with HT's that are just out of reach with my packaged RG8X and CP22E 2 x 5/8 stacked GP... some members of the net told me that I'm going to have to do better with my antenna and feed line if I want to participate. After some searching, I decided on the 2M7N50 by G4CQM. The source looks reliable and the product looks perfect for what I want (Great gain 2M FM on a narrow band exactly in my range, not too complex, no matching).
Links below to G4CQM's stuff, with information as it becomes available on what I'm doing with it. This ought to be interesting, considering my gross lack of experience. I hope G4CQM's antenna won't mind being mounted vertically to line up with the HT's in the net... Contact me with any advice you might have.