The antenna is the heart of the entire amateur radio operation. Choosing the right antenna depends on the needs of each station. Here are some pertinent things to consider:
- Band coverage.
- Construction of the antenna (material used, strength and endurance), foundation and guying.
- Directional beam, loop, vertical, wire, 1/4, 1/2, 5/8 wave and other types of antennas play a significant role pending the needs of each station, operating bands and expectations. Choose wisely!
- Environment, space and local weather conditions such as heavy winds and ice buildup.
- Access to antenna(s).
- Neighbors and eyesore issues.
- Prepare well, pay attention to details and do your homework prior to any antenna installations and remember to avoid falling into the trap of selecting non-safe materials and cheap products so widely available on the markets in our day and age. Otherwise, you will end up with an antenna similar to the one illustrated in the above photograph and a much lighter pocket.
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