Getting on the Air

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My brother sent me a Yaesu FT-817 radio he was not using so that I could have access to more Ham frequencies, currently the Yaesu FT-60 handheld only does VHF/UHF. The FT-817 does VHF/UHF and some HF frequencies. Here is a picture of my first testing of the FT-817:
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Yes, that is a shelf on the BBQ on the deck. I made a 1/4 wave VHF antenna from some parts I had laying around, shown in the following picture:
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I am now able get on a couple local 2M net's and chat.

The next step will be to create a hole through a wall and allow access to the table in the basement where I will start setting up my Ham Shack.

Randy
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Loving your home made antenna.. and that blue spruce behind sure looks happy. One day I would like some blue spruces.

Best of luck with your ham shack.

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