New Antenna

I picked up a new antenna over the weekend. The Hy-gain AV14AVQ  It was a bit pricey for what it was, but the R&D was already done and parts sourced. So all I had to do was assemble. 10,15,20 are flat, but 40 is at 2, which isn't bad but still has room for improvement. I'm going to fab a fold-over mount to make the adjustments easier. There is marginal gains from it compared to the inverted V dipole. Not enough to justify the price. However the limited height keeps it out of reach of my weather neck and power transmission lines no matter how it could get knocked over. So that makes it worth it. I'll call BS on the ability to withstand 80mph winds. Not in this universe. If you get one you will want guy ropes. I'm going to 3D print some bushings to fill the lower part of the bells to stabilize it. Then maybe it could with stand 80mph winds, but still going to have guy ropes. I might be stupid, but not retarded.

Addendum: I will post the 3D files on thingaverse when I design them. Under the username Trencher42

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Quick dummy load

While I was at Mouser I picked up a 100W 50Ohm resister to use as a dummy load. I used this to test my PTT circuit on the radio with my home made USB to PTT. I packed it with fiberglass so it wouldn't move or rattle.

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