I’m thinking about buying a larger end-fed half-wave dipole antenna that uses a 9:1 UNUN, perhaps something like this. I know I could build one myself but right now, I just don’t have the time nor the patience to try to build anything. I’m also going to try to get this mounted on the shed roof using a tripod and a tallish pipe to mount the UNUN on. I’m figuring if I can get some more height on the antenna that might help with the RFI that I’m getting in the received signal. It certainly can’t hurt.
I’m also considering buying a Yaesu FT-891 instead of the FT-857D. I really don’t use VHF/UHF that much and the 891 is considerably cheaper than the 857D. There’s a possibility that I might be moving into an apartment with a friend/possible roommate so the smaller I can keep my shack, the better off it will be for me later on.
It’s supposed to be a little cooler this weekend so Dad and I are hoping to get the door on the shack. If that happens, I’ll be on the air more often with a nice cool air-conditioned shack. Might even bring Felix in with me to hang out in the cool air.