You need an antenna with energy at high take off angles to hit the hill top repeaters… right? Well, not likely. Let’s review the details and do the math to understand what’s needed for VHF terrestrial radio communication.
The Baofeng UV-5R provides modest quality with a low price yielding high value. This HT can literally be a Christmas stocking stuffer.
Moonbounce for the rest of us, part 3 of 3, introduces first steps to take in 144 MHz EME operation.
Moonbounce for the rest of us, part 2 of 3, showcases a basic 144 MHz EME station including equipment costs.
Moonbounce for the rest of us, part 1 of 3, introduces EME and highlights operational basics and propagation.
I had occasion to test four popular amateur radio mobile antennas. Here are the results of SWR and Return Loss of a Diamond SG7900ANMO, Larsen NMO 2/70, Cushcraft CS-270M and Laird QW144.