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Author Topic: cw on 2 meters  (Read 3828 times)

rah

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cw on 2 meters
« on: December 31, 2016, 08:55:50 PM »
I live in a fairly rural area of western Montana and realize there are only about a dozen fellow hams in the immediate area. 
I recently configured my Buddipole for 2 meter verticle and began searching for signals in the 144.05 to 144.10 CW area.
After hearing nothing for several weeks, I began throwing CQ out in an effort to make a contact.  My initial thought was to find someone
to work with me on my slow CW skills locally.  After hearing nothing, I'm wondering if this is a mode on 2 meters seldom used.  Has
anyone here had any luck with CW on 2 meters?
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Re: cw on 2 meters
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 09:00:00 PM »
I've never had any luck with cw on 2m.

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Re: cw on 2 meters
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2016, 11:54:02 PM »
I recently configured my Buddipole for 2 meter verticle and began searching for signals in the 144.05 to 144.10 CW area.

I haven't tried it, but I believe most CW and SSB work on 2 meters uses horizontally polarized antennas rather than vertical as is customary with repeaters.  If that holds true in your area you are giving up a lot by using a vertical antenna, try a horizontal configuration.

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Re: cw on 2 meters
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2017, 09:07:27 AM »
I second Wally here. You lose a LOT by using a vertical. Get a torch and bend that mast 90 degrees ;-)

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Re: cw on 2 meters
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2017, 10:59:50 AM »
Well, I'm deeply embarrassed.  Time to get back to the basics.
Horizontal, I should have known that. Thanks, guys.
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Re: cw on 2 meters
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2017, 08:44:38 AM »
As others have already replied; you must be horizontally polarized, you are attenuating most of the extremely weak signal by being cross polarized. They call VHF/UHF CW and SSB weak signal for a reason, it truly is weak, don't expect to hear much on a dipole, go for a directional gain antenna mounted very high and in the clear - remember, it's line of sight on VHF. High quality feedline with a low loss at VHF is another requirement. Don't worry though, you made the same wrong assumptions that many hams before you have made, VHF weak signal is nothing at all like HF, it has to be approached differently.
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Re: cw on 2 meters
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2017, 02:48:48 PM »
Roger that, KK0G.  I'm going to have to rethink my entire setup.
Thanks for all the good advice, guys.
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Re: cw on 2 meters
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2017, 05:26:31 PM »
A simple antenna to make would be a Moxon. Not as much gain as a Yagi-Uda but very simple...

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