Apologies if this sounds too simplistic but I am just working my way in. I have got a pole and SOTA beam for 2m but am also planning to build an HF dipole to cover 40m, 60m (I know I need to get NOV), 80m and possibly 20m too. Are there any sort of “favoured” SOTA frequencies that it would make sense to have the antenna resonance centred on? I will be using an FT-817 if that is any help.
Any comment would be really helpful.
In reply to MM0YMG:
On 60m my first choice would be 5.398.5 SSB or 5.399.2 CW.
On 40m 7.032 CW or 7.118 / 7.090 SSB
On 20m 14.285 SSB or 14.058 CW
Just look at the spots and alerts to see what other activators are using.
Malcolm, the reflector has all the threads stored away on it but only the most recent are shown on the spots and reflector pages. There is a search facility that enables you to search all these threads. There is a huge amount of useful information hidden away that the search facility can reveal. There’s also a lot of drivel and I have to admit I am responsible for significant amounts of it!
As a newcomer you may find it of great benefit to have a dig through the old threads and see what we’ve all been rabbiting on about for the last few years. It may answer a lot of your questions. If there’s anything that’s not clear or not really covered then ask away and you’ll find that people on here will be very pleased to answer and help you.
In reply to M0GIA:
That gives me quite a bit to go on so will now start measuring out wires. At this stage I am more interested in SSB foci but with luck the CW bit will come one day!
Hopefully get to QSO with you all at some point