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HAM geekery

So I got me a new rig: A Yaesu 897D. I put an autotuner on this thing, and I am using a G5RV jr antenna for the high frequency side. It took about 2 hours to get everything rigged up, and I was slowed down by some rain, so I have only been playing with it for about the past hour. With that said, I got it to tune up on 40, 15, 12, 10, and 6 meters. I am happy with it. Now to see if I can make a few contacts.

(I am getting the HF beacon in Atlanta at 50.065 mHz with it.)

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That's a nice radio. I almost got that one a while back – I had its "little brother" the FT-817 with an external LDG Z-11 tuner. Very nice and I almost went with the 897D for my home station. (I made my choice because I liked the way the DSP noise reduction in the Icom line sounded – better to my ears.)

I left you an ubercomment yesterday on an older post about easy HF antennas, and your G5RVjr is exactly the kind of antenna I was talking about. They are often overlooked but very effective. Really, full sized wire antennas are nothing to look down on.

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