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Call Sign : 26-CT-231 Posts : 25 Times Thanked : 0 Join date : 2019-08-11 QTH or Location : Cambridge Equipment Used : Linoln 2
Subject: CB Ham Amateur switcher aerial 2 way switch Sun Jun 25, 2023 8:09 am
Maybe a silly question, could I run to radios from a CB Ham Amateur switcher aerial 2 way switch, rather than two aerials..
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Subject: Re: CB Ham Amateur switcher aerial 2 way switch Sun Jun 25, 2023 8:29 am
Not a silly question Yes, many people do. If you have a cheapy switch box and have a multimeter handy, would be a good idea to do some continuity and isolation checks on it to check the switch mech is doing its job, but you should be ok.
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Alan Pilot Major contributor
Call Sign : 163-CT-220...MW7TTA Posts : 2449 Times Thanked : 66 Join date : 2019-11-19 QTH or Location : Anglesey North Wales Equipment Used : Yaesu FT-991A,,Yaesu FTDX-10,,Icom ic-7300,,Anytone AT-D878UV PLUS",,LINCOLN II+. Age : 150
Subject: Re: CB Ham Amateur switcher aerial 2 way switch Mon Jun 26, 2023 6:39 am
As Neal says not a silly question. I have 3 radios and 3 aerials well 4 if you count the 2m/70cm. The 3x3 are through switches and i can run any radio on any aerial with the turn of a switch. Set myself up for a slagging here about the losses but i am happy with how i run. Good switches can be expensive but worth it to me saves me messing about. Edit Only have one radio turned on at a time saves damaging the front end of one.
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Subject: Re: CB Ham Amateur switcher aerial 2 way switch Mon Jun 26, 2023 7:24 am
Alan, people argue endlessly about differences between N types & PL259s so I wouldn't worry about apparent losses with your antenna switches.
Been looking at antenna switches myself recently (Teresa has strung up too many antennas for me in that loft now! ) but boy are most of them butt-fugly looking bits of kit, so I'll probably land up building my own.
They're simple bits of kit really as can be seen on the following homebrew example :-