Today, I arrived home about 6:00pm to find the Hy-Gain 12AVQ I
ordered last week sitting on the front porch.
After changing clothes, reading the mail, opening the box,
checking parts (all there, plus a couple of washers), collecting
tools, and start assembling the antenna, it's 7:00pm.
By 7:30pm, I've mounted the antenna, sunk a ground rod, attached
said ground rod to the antenna, and am sitting in the grass in
the backyard checking SWR with my MFJ-259.
A bit high on each band...about 1.5-1.6:1. Get the step ladder
and make a two adjustments.
Scrounge around a bit for enough coax pieces to reach the garage
antenna patch panel.
At 7:40pm, I'm sitting in my radio room at the Omni VI+ checking
SWR on the three bands. 1.3:1 or less across the CW portion of
each band. 1.8:1 or less across the three ham bands (CW and
Now, should I put out radials?
Dale Martin, KG5U
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