1500 Antenna Requirements.
FlexRadio Systems Forums
Home       Members    Calendar    Who's On
Welcome Guest ( Login | Register )
        


1500 Antenna Requirements. Expand / Collapse
Author
Message
Posted Monday, January 28, 2013 8:23 PM
Forum Newbie

Forum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum Newbie

Group: Forum Members
Last Login: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:40 PM
Posts: 7, Visits: 18
I'm patiently waiting for the Flex 1500 to come off of back order.

I'm new to this stuff, but currently listen to SW on my Hallicrafters
SC-40B and a Hallicrafters SP-44 SkyRider PanoRamic display. I also
use a Electronic Specialties Products DD-101 Digital Dial.

I usually hang around 6-12Mhz, best luck around 8-9'ish this summer
but now I barley receive anything. I recently saw this product and was
amazed. I've watched hours of Youtube vid's and read the reviews.

I want one !

Here's my problem. I live in north central Iowa and I'm in a 'bowl'

My house is a story & 1/2. To clear the tree line, that is very heavy,
is another 40+ feet. A tower would be very expensive. Right now I
use a simple long wire ant, that runs about 45ft in length, in my attic.


In the beginning I'll just tune into what I can, but once I get my license,
I want to try some QRP.

What Should I do ?

Todd





Post #6330
Posted Monday, January 28, 2013 8:49 PM
Forum Newbie

Forum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum Newbie

Group: Forum Members
Last Login: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:40 PM
Posts: 7, Visits: 18
Here's my simple listening station;



Post #6331
Posted Monday, January 28, 2013 11:06 PM
Forum Member

Forum MemberForum MemberForum MemberForum MemberForum MemberForum MemberForum MemberForum Member

Group: Forum Members
Last Login: Friday, May 9, 2014 11:20 AM
Posts: 38, Visits: 119
I have both A flex 3000 and A Flex 1500 with 3 or 4 watts work the world on a Vertical antenna mine is modified to 51 foot ground mounted with 36 ground wires .
I purchased mine from ZeroFive this antenna is broad banded you will need a tuner on the 1500 but that's a stander item in a ham shack. Check my web site has my log with info on setup for digital.
73 Jim W4WWJ
[url=http://www.w4wwj.com][/url]


Jim W4WWJ
Post #6332
Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2013 3:37 AM
Junior Member

Junior MemberJunior MemberJunior MemberJunior MemberJunior MemberJunior MemberJunior MemberJunior Member

Group: Forum Members
Last Login: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 4:10 AM
Posts: 12, Visits: 17
You could buy the Flex 1500 that is currently for sale here in this forum. Get the Packer AMP too. You will eventually want it.

I am using the MFJ-17754, 20/40 Meter Dipole. Its delivered length is 42 feet but once you get it tuned it is about 38 feet. I works great for me once I got it tuned.

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-17754

Post #6348
Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:58 PM
Forum Newbie

Forum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum Newbie

Group: Forum Members
Last Login: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:40 PM
Posts: 7, Visits: 18
I just scored a 1500 on Ebay for $540 shipped.
I wanted to buy a new one from Flex, but $100
is a $100.

It's too cold to set up an antenna, but when
it's spring, I'll consider a ZeroFive set up. For
now, I'll have to use a long wire in the attic.

What I have now isn't terminated for 50ohm, but
I have been looking at some MFJ Dipoles. It would
be easy to install and I have about 45ft to work with.

Remember, right now, it's just for listening until I get
a license.


Todd
Post #6351
Posted Saturday, February 2, 2013 9:03 PM
Forum Newbie

Forum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum Newbie

Group: Forum Members
Last Login: Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:29 PM
Posts: 9, Visits: 10
So cool! I too have a Hallicrafters S-40B as well as a Flex 1500. The S-40B is in storage, has been for many years. I was a Hallicrafters collector for awhile in the mid 1980s and had a fairly large collection of receivers but now only have 3 or 4 left. Also had the panadapter but never powered it up.

You'll absolutely love the little Flex 1500 on RX. Your present antenna should work fine. The flex has a nice preamp which should help if you need. For SWL use I've yet to find anything better.

I might just revisit that S-40B

Post #6360
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:50 AM
Supreme Being

Supreme BeingSupreme BeingSupreme BeingSupreme BeingSupreme BeingSupreme BeingSupreme BeingSupreme Being

Group: Forum Members
Last Login: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:47 AM
Posts: 109, Visits: 274
Todd,

Sounds like a dipole or inverted V for 40 meters will work very well for you.. 40/20 meter in a X configuration is good, and if you want it incognito , Use a pole to hold up the center feed and put a bird house on top. The guy lines are your antenna lines. The 1500 is pretty forgiving on SWR/matching.



73,

Dudley

FlexRadio Systems Support
512-535-4713, Option 2
http://helpdesk.flexradio.com
Post #6366
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2013 8:32 PM
Forum Newbie

Forum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum Newbie

Group: Forum Members
Last Login: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:40 PM
Posts: 7, Visits: 18
I've had a day 1/2 to play with this, and I can say what
a great unit. Right now I'm just learning what I can hear
on what bands. I guess I'll need to buy a few ARRL books.

I have a random wire ant, 45 ft strung peak to peak in
the attic of my story & 1/2 home. This runs down to the
basement where my 'lab' is. I'm under the tree line and
close to a river with heavy tree cover. Right now I
have the ant wire terminated to the center pin of the
ant bnc input. Cold water pipe for a ground.

I'm waiting for a random wire to 50 ohm balun, ebay
item 320841089313. Ill see if this helps the noise floor.

So far I have been able to pick up;

6.165mhz SW havan cuba
some CW 25 WPM around 3+ mhz
some CW 50 WPM just above 30M 10.103 I think.
SW later in the eve around +/- 9.690mhz Bejing

I also have a MFJ 1778 - G5RV ant that is 102ft.
I'll have to wait until spring for that. I'm not sure
if I'll string it out or do an inverted V. I have plenty
of time to think and research that.

I do want to hear more !

I know I need a better ant.





Post #6376
« Prev Topic | Next Topic »

Reading This Topic Expand / Collapse
Active Users: 0 (0 guests, 0 members, 0 anonymous members)
No members currently viewing this topic.

Permissions Expand / Collapse

All times are GMT -5:00, Time now is 6:16am

Powered By InstantForum.NET v4.1.4 © 2020
Execution: 0.094. 9 queries. Compression Disabled.