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Order / Gain Structure of RX Front End? VE2EOT 1 week, 6 days ago
Typically a designer comes up with a compromise between sensitivity, dynamic range, complexity, and cost. Everyone has a different idea what is best.

One approach is to build "building blocks" connected with 50 ohm cables. You can then experiment to see what works best for you.

Zak W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Pl259 Grounding KO4VLR 2 weeks ago
I have several UHF bulkhead connectors mounted on a small copper plate to bond all the shields together at one point. I also have BNCs and one F bulkhead mounted on the same plate.

Zak Lau W1VT

ARRL Senior Lab Engineer.
Silent Key “W2LT” michaeltingey 2 weeks, 1 day ago
That is a tough one. Normally one can find cards on ebay. Just set a search for "W2LT QSL" and have them email search hits. But, it is likely that as he evolved into a serious DXer, he only sent cards to DX stations overseas.

Zak W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
2nd hand held KJ7SUA 2 weeks, 2 days ago
A mobile radio is the best way to get more power. The receivers are better and less likely to be interfered with when connected to a good antenna. Handhelds may overload when connected to good antennas.
A rural area is no guarantee that there won't be nearby transmitters. There may be one strong cell phone transmitter to serve a large area that may be worse than the low power ones uses in urban areas.

Zak W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Dipole KO4VLR 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Yes, an external antenna should be grounded for lightning protection.

A balun, on the other hand, is optional.
It is desirable to use one, as bonding an antenna to ground as required by the NEC will typically introduce a path for common mode interference. Grounds systems can be noisy.

Zak W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer

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