Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My first attempt to check in a 2 meter simplex net did not go well.

My only 2 meter radio capability comes from a tiny Baofeng UV-5R which I got from an online seller, shipped directly from China, for about $50.   It has a whopping 5 watts output power, going to a small rubber-ducky providing probably -20 dBi gain.    The net controller was about 7 kilometers from me and could not hear me.  

Well, there you go.  Disappointing.  A better antenna is on a very Slow Boat,  that is on its way from China to me, with a better antenna.

My main interest is HF, but having 2 meter capability seemed like fun, for $50. I guess there's no such thing as a Free (or Cheap) lunch.

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