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new to HF

Hello to all I am New to HF i have been a general for about 8 months but just got an HF rig and so still trying to learn all the things about HF. so if there is a net that i may be able to check into let me know, and i have tried many bands but i have good contacts on all but 80/75 i need new antenna mine wont tune 80 will have one this week i hope,

Tomas K6THM 73

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Re: new to HF

Hi Tomas,

I'm sorry but I don't know any list for it. Maybe you can use some common hamradio forum fot these questions.

73 Petr, OK2CQR

Re: new to HF

Hi Tomas.

Welcome to HF! There are some procedures and conventions that when followed will help you. Many of these are probably outlined well in the ARRL Operating Manual:

I had a copy many years ago and it was very instructive and helpful.

For local 75/80m nets your best bet for an antenna is a low dipole or doublet about 125 to 133 feet in length 15 to 50 feet off the ground (mine's not even that high!). That will get you 300-500 miles reliably and when the band "goes long" like these winter evenings at the bottom of the solar cycle, I can work either coast some nights.

Good luck!