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PostSubject: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeMon Jan 18, 2021 8:13 pm

Have just bought a icom 718 off a g7 member, hopefully that should get me up and ready for the end of the month... Can I use a silver rod for receiving no transmit until I get a long wire up
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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeMon Jan 18, 2021 8:46 pm

Yes you can indeed use a silver rod for RX , should hear very well on 10 and 12m but will be fairly deaf on say 40 and 80m 


Enjoy

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 7:16 am

Nice one Chris!

Finally, you've got yourself a HF radio! Smile


As Craig says it'll work for a start, I'm assuming you already have the silver rod installed? 

For as long as I can remember all my radio listening days were accomplished with nothing more than the longest piece of wire I could muster and hang up. Couldn't be more simple, work well as a receiving antenna and hence that ubiquitous name of a 'long wire'.

Doesn't take much to turn those 'long wires' into transmitting antennas too.


Enjoy your new radio. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 7:25 am

Not long now then your up and running.

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 7:28 am

Got it coming in a few days, I think I paid a fair price picked it up with delivery £267.hes got a at 100 ATu which I am hopeful get for a reasonable price..
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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 7:53 am

Yeah, you don't need a resonant antenna to receive, but you will do better with a long antenna for the low bands like 40-160m.

Is the ATU the iCom AH-4, or something else?

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 8:16 am

LDG IT 100, ATU
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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 8:19 am

Absolute bargain at that price Chris! Smile

They're great little radios and I'm surprised you got it for such a good price. Well done.

I know they don't have a built in antenna tuner but then most with such tuners usually can't accommodate a wide range often a 3:1 SWR difference and sometimes as low as 2.5:1. Pretty much means you need an antenna in the ball-park of resonance to start with!
An external ATU makes all the difference but make sure you get a good one, (or even build one, they're simple enough once you find a variable capacitor or two Wink), otherwise you're limited to the same range.
(Here come the arguments about to ATU or not ATU....)

The only 'complaint' I've ever heard about these radios is the old chestnut of how the speaker is small......Really?

Well done again and enjoy that radio Smile

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 8:21 am

26ct954 wrote:
LDG IT 100,  ATU

Ah, OK. 

Excellent tuner - I had one, but have since upgraded to it's big brother, the AT-600 ProII, to handle the amp.
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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 8:24 am

Just got the LDG for £80 off the same person.. Now i will have to treat the wife spent enough lol..

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 9:24 am

Another bargain mate Wink

Yes, treat the wife or as Alan and myself call them.....The Station Master Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 9:47 am

Good radio's. Hope you're only using Ham bands and / or 11mtr SSB as no FM for CB.

Paul.

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 9:50 am

Victor wrote:

Yes, treat the wife or as Alan and myself call them.....The Station Master Very Happy

That’s wasted money....far better to hide the purchase so there is no need to spend equally on the missus! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 9:58 am

Ha! Ha! Very Happy

Love it Jeff! Wink

(Of course I'd never do such a thing..... I'd be brown bread if I got caught!)
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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 10:02 am

Victor wrote:
Ha! Ha! Very Happy

Love it Jeff! Wink

(Of course I'd never do such a thing..... I'd be brown bread if I got caught!)

Yeah, divorce would be dearer than the radio....but she’s thankfully given ip asking how much I spend.  She’s just mastered that “wtf have you bought now” look.....

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 10:18 am

I know it keeps popping up on her phone when I spend money she would find it hard to divorce me, have been living over the brush for 33years, many happy years, got keep her happy I don't want to move into the spare room lol, well unless my radio is in there..

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 10:29 am

That's an old one i haven't herd for years "living over the brush" lol.
To be fair the station commander just say's "if you need it get it" but she doesn't have a clue where radio is concerned lol.
I am out in the back so all parcels come through her but she never asks.

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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 11:30 am

I AM USING A SIRIO 2016 AND WILL TUNE DOWN TO 40 METERS.
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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 11:31 am

Big antenna
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PostSubject: Re: First Hf radio   First  Hf radio Icon_minitimeTue Jan 19, 2021 3:41 pm

Nice radio, Chris.👍

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