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PostSubject: Antenna help   Antenna help Icon_minitimeMon Jun 01, 2020 11:45 pm

Hello C T members

Looking for some advice.
I have a  yaesu HF/ 50 MHz 450D transceiver. And all the bands are opened up . And was looking for some help on the choice of antenna. Every help will be greatly appreciated.
I was thinking going for the .
Yaesu ATAS-120A Automatic HF VHF UHF Antenna LAMCO at the price of £340- £ 380.

Or am I going to throw money away if their is something else just as good out their that I can use.
And it must be a mobile antenna.
Many thanks

John. CT 234
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PostSubject: Re: Antenna help   Antenna help Icon_minitimeTue Jun 02, 2020 1:29 pm

why dont you build your own dipole or longwire and with a good tuner you can hear lots ...dont know about transmitting though
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PostSubject: Re: Antenna help   Antenna help Icon_minitimeWed Jun 03, 2020 5:20 am

neverlandandy wrote:
why dont you build your own dipole or longwire and with a good tuner you can hear lots ...dont know about transmitting though

He's wanting a mobile antenna.

The ATAS120 is OK but it's a mediocre performer on HF. You also need a good RF ground with it otherwise you'll have issues with it trying to tune.

A Little Tarheel II or the Diamond 330 screwdriver antenna, both used with a 5ft or 6ft whip would be much better for HF. That 5ft whip would give you 2 S points over the ATAS however it would mean you do sacrifice the ability to auto-tune the antenna from the radio without buying an additional screwdriver antenna controller such as the Turbotuner.
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