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Old 06-21-2018, 09:58 AM
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new HF setup, engine noise, no contacts.

I'm assuming I don't have things grounded/bonded correctly.

Its a Yaesu FT-857D using an MFJ 20 meter ham stick on a Jeep JK.

I could hear Georgia, Colorado, New Zealand, Calgary from Illinois, but couldn't raise anybody.

I know Jeeps are not good ground planes, any suggestions?


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Old 06-21-2018, 06:47 PM   #2
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What's your SWR on 20?

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Old 06-22-2018, 08:41 AM   #3
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20's up and down right now.
As above, how's the match?

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Checking your SWR is the right answer. I shelled out for an antenna analyzer. It's worth every penny in saved time on the install.
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