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I was active in ham radio when I was in high school (1978-1981) but I never got back to it after I went away to college. I'd thought about taking the test again and requesting my old call sign as a vanity call sign, but someone else beat me to it about a year ago. It sounded catchy on CW. Buying a new rig isn't in the budget right now, and I live in apartment, so putting up an antenna would be difficult.

I sold my old Hallicrafters rig to a collector about 5 years ago. I hadn't fired it up in about 20 years, but he thought he would be able to get it running again.
05-30-2012 03:11 PM
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I've been considering getting a screwdriver antenna for my truck. Any suggestions as to maker?

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I was and am using a High Sierra but think that they have stopped making them and moved on to accessories and bits and pieces. If you look at the reviews on QRZ.com or eHam.net you will find a pretty good set of reviews on screwdriver antennas. Last time I was on there and looked at the reviews it was a dead heat between the High Sierra and another. Whatever you do, don't go with a Yaesu ATAS or Hustler, etc., unless you want mediocre performance. The performace of the High Sierra was incredible (and still is... when we put it on the vehicle). It was solid as heck too. Hit by a truck and the only thing messed up was the mount (bent all out of shape... solid steel) and the plastic tubing around the antenna coil (replaced cheap). I was and am impressed. Oh, one other thing. High Sierra has a rather unique mount that permits on/off in about 10 seconds. It is a bronze cone that the antenna sits in and uses a clamp to hold it in place. All one needs to do is keep the bronze shiny and the thing works AMAZINGLY well and permits you taking it off for storage in the trunk (or back of SUV) in a flash. We put orange/red/white striped reflective 'emergency' tape on the mount parts and on the antenna so folks would stop bumping into it. Never had an issue again. Some folks have taken their mount into a vehicle paint shop and have had it powder coat painted reflective orange or red. That is more expensive but I'll bet it works like a charm. We installed a trailer hitch and got their adapter (still available I think) to allow us to mount the antenna to the hitch. Now that we are planning to buy a trailer, we are having a trailer hitch installed on the carframe sticking out the side of the vehicle (easier than it sounds).

Too bad the High Sierra is not being made any longer. He said there was no money in making a high quality antenna with everyone copying it with cheap construction. If you can find a High Sierra, I'd snap it up.

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Thanks for the tip.

I'll hit some ham fairs (there's a big one in Shelby and another in Charlotte) and see what I can find.

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Hello all, This is my first post. I just saw this ham radio thread. First I was recommended here from another ham that has sleep apnea and after talking to him realize that I probably have it. I am going to sked a doctor appoitment this week. I never knew this was such a big deal but last night I am sure I had a pretty serious event.
As far as ham radio goes. I got my novice license in 1967 at the age of 11 and General at 13. At the time I was one of the youngest hams in Iowa. Now Extra class with the 20wpm test. Have done about everything in the hobby over the years. What a great hobby it has been for me. I am currently not active since we have moved from the country (near the bridges of madison county) to the burbs near wdm.
I will get active again one of these days. I am going to take the next few days and read as many as posts as I can about sleep apnea and learn as much as I can. What a great forum. Thanks and 73
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Welcome to ApneaBoard, OM!

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Okay YL - I,m OM too Dielaughing
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Welcome swj123, glad you made it to the forum.
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thanks everyone for the welcome. I'm feeling sleepy already. 73
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Welcome fellow hams! SHa_biggrin5

My old 80 meter wrap-around dipole broke recently and I simply tied the wire together to "make do" in case I need to transmit. Fortunately I have an MFJ tuner that can compensate for my lack of proper length and hopefully give me low enough SWR temporarily. Bought some new heavy gauge copper wire that I have to put up to replace the old stuff. Man, copper ain't cheap these days!

Anyone been on 20, 40 or 80 HF recently? How are the bands?

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