Ham Radio in an apartment
Ham Radio in an Apartment
I've been a amateur radio operator for 8 years and its had its ups and downs. The primary reason was because of limited space. It seems with HF communication an outside sky bound antennae is optimal. It's taken me three condos and a goodly amount of experimentation to reach out with any success with HF. MY secret is the MFJ-1621 Portable antennae. It makes me happy, the wife happy and can be put away in less than 10 minutes. One trick I learned before we get into transceivers is to go to Home Depot or Lowes and get one of those cord wrapping tools. This will straighten your coax so it doesn't cross over itself. That is a big no no with the MFJ-1621.
The MFJ-1621 is manufactured in Starkville, Ms and along with MFJ's other products is tough and reliable. It includes fifty feet of attached coax which augments the antennae's reception and transmission. A meter is built in but really doesn't need to be used that much. I tune mine once and then give it a kind of middle of the road set. Placement isn't that tough once you figure out how do run the coax with out having it cross itself. Placement next to a door or window will get you what you need.
To wrap up you need a HF transciever. And of course at least a General Class license in the U.S.. E-BAY has many older models for sale. !00 watt boat anchors( because of the radio's weight) are usually between 200 and 350 American dollars. These are a real challenge and give you the old radio feel. I personally have sent and recieved from as far away as the eastern coast of the U.S. from my home in Colorado. Many other times I have recieved from Europe and Asia. Hope this helps and good luck.