Hi All - I’ve been at this for about two months now. Since I’m impatient I decided to make my own “spider” antenna from parts in the garage (see picture below) - And it worked pretty well! I had a max hit of 255 miles, and seemed to get around +/- 205 miles each day.
I then decided to pick up my game and order a real antenna - the highly reviewed FA antenna from Amazon. As you can see from the picture I mounted next to my 5m HAM antenna (currently not connected). I also bought a new 25ft cable to match rather than my home made cables. See installation below:
Guess what? My max range is now 155 miles, and I average 30% fewer hits overall. What is going on here? I am NOT using the filter, but thinking perhaps that is my problem? I’m frustrated and stumped, so hopefully somebody has some advice!