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Call Sign : 26 CT050 26 FB080 26 WT105 26 TE171 Posts : 948 Times Thanked : 51 Join date : 2019-06-27 QTH or Location : NORTH LONDON Equipment Used : ORIGINAL President Lincoln, President Teddy , Silver Eagle microphones , Gainmaster antenna, use a AMP ofcourse I do sometimes Age : 63
Subject: Re: Home base A99 Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:06 pm
Some say they work with fire up and the radial kits too some dont I think its personal choice, I used one standard use get good copies with it , in fact I've I still have it for my spare antenna
Call Sign : M0GVZ / 26CT1760 Posts : 428 Times Thanked : 32 Join date : 2019-11-13 QTH or Location : IO94SA Equipment Used : Icom 7300, TS480, President McKinley, Albrecht AE6110, CRT Mike Age : 51
Subject: Re: Home base A99 Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:57 pm
Leave it as standard, the FireUp top section is nothing more than a wallet emptier. Tried one, noticed zero difference.
Personally I'd get the radial kit. You may not notice any difference in transmitted and received signals depending if you were lucky enough with the mast/length of coax you used and any noted improvement in signal strength would be marginal but if you were unlucky with mast length you'd get reduced noise/interference with a ground plane kit and less chance of causing TVI and interference to neighbours electronics because your coax wouldn't be getting used to compensate for lack of RF ground and the coax wouldn't be spewing RF anywhere.
I would also spend some money and either get a FT240-43 toroid and make a RF choke or buy a pre-made one and stick that as close to the antenna feedpoint as possible. I have one that comes with a SO239 socket on and I used a PL259-PL259 adapter to fit it directly to the antenna. Just another thing to ensure your coax is decoupled from the antenna and not being used as a RF ground which means common mode RFI which means noise and interference to you and others.