Ham Shack Antenna Addition
Last year I carved out a spot in my small home office and moved my modest ham equipment from the garage, 125 yards from the house, up to the house. The biggest step was moving my only permanent antenna, a Gap Eagle DX 10-40m vertical. I do enjoy this antenna with the 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 and 40m bands. The only place the SWR goes above 2:1 is at the low end of 40m and the high end of 10m.
I have been looking for another antenna to complement my setup and wanted something with a different radiation pattern and also wanted to get on the 80m band. After months of reading, research, hemming and hawing, as frugal Hams do, I settled on a MyAntennas EFHW-8010P End Fed Dipole. (MyAntennas.com for more details) This is an 8 band antenna covering 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40 and 80m. I am really looking forward to being able to switch back and forth between the antennas while listening and working other stations. Also, using services like PSK Reporter while switching antennas during digital modes should be really interesting as well.
While I do have some trees near my house, only a couple reach 50-60′ and none of those are close to the house. Chances are the antenna will be in the 25-30′ range. Definitely not optimal but anything is better than nothing. Being in Western Colorado and in a valley, I do have issues with the take off angle of my antennas. I’m at about 4,600′ and the surrounding mountains are about 7,000′. I think the angle is blocked mostly to the East and Southeast. Because of tree locations the antenna will run Northeast to Southwest.
My hope is to get it setup this weekend and start enjoying more contacts. I will post again with pictures of the setup, SWR on the bands and how it is performing.
73, JohnnyF, WJ0NF