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During the recent devastating Black Forest fire in central Colorado, my good friend and colleague, Randy, had great difficulty maintaining solid radio communications through our local repeater from his home.

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Our local hams kept the repeater very busy during the days of the fire relaying the latest information gleaned from emergency response links, commercial sources, AREA and RACES volunteers, and more.

It was a valuable resource in our community for rapidly disseminating fire information. His home is located Amateur base station antenna on the leeward side of a hill from the repeater that is about 7. After the fire emergency, Randy decided it was time to upgrade his station for more reliable operations in the local area. While he plans a future station upgrade to a more powerful mobile-base transceiver, he sought first to improve his home antenna such that he can use the HT in the short term and integrate a mobile-base transceiver later.

Commercial purchase or homebrew? I use three or four different ones in my home and in portable station operations of various flavors. Most commercially available antennas are going to provide great performance and even greater convenience!

In virtually all cases you can simply buy-and-install with only the requirement of connecting a feed line to the antenna. If you want to open the wallet instead of the tool box, a commercial antenna is your best choice. There are many simple designs provided by a whole world of hams to choose from. Yagi directionals for VHF ops are Amateur base station antenna projects, if you seek that directional boost in signal gain for your situation. With a homebrew solution you can save some money, Amateur base station antenna be prepared to invest the time and effort necessary.

And remember, every antenna is a compromise, so carefully check out the design and performance reports before finalizing your decision. Single band or multi-band antenna? With multi-band radios now so readily available to hams, the majority of folks are likely Amateur base station antenna desire a multi-band antenna with which a single feed line can be used. Ditto for only, or 6m band ops. Consider the local radio resources available to you and how you wish to use them, and then decide what band capability your station and antenna require for those operations.