New antenna

I’m going to be ordering the EFHW-8010 end-fed half-wave antenna from next week and the mounting hardware as well as a tripod to mount the back half of the antenna on the shed.  I’ve got to get my own antenna going as it’s driving me nuts not being on the air.

Today, my dad was given a container full of “ham radio stuff” and there was a working SignaLink SL-1+ in it!  So now I have the SignaLink USB and the SL-1+.  I like the SL-1+ since you don’t have to deal with drivers; just plug it into the computer’s soundcard and go.  I’m thinking about using that one with the Kenwood TS-430S as a “dedicated” digital station once I have the room to set up the other radio…or not.  We’ll see.

So far, all I seem to hear is FT8 and after looking into that mode, I have no interest in using it.  I much prefer Feld Hell or even PSK31 over that!


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my Extra class license. I am an ARRL-accredited VE. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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2 Responses to New antenna

  1. Avatar Arthur C. Peterson says:

    How do you like the EFHW-8010 antenna? I have seen them but never knew anyone that had one.. If it’s any good I look to get one. Art kb7fxj Wasilla, Alaska

    • Sean Sean says:

      Unfortunately I haven’t purchased it yet. I have a friend who owns the model that I want to get and he’s had nothing but good luck with it. He runs his without a matcher but I will run mine with one. He’s said he really likes the antenna and it’s very well-built. Hopefully I will be able to find out for myself soon!

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