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New Hams - A guide to getting started in amateur radio
Upgrading your rubber duck or adding an outdoor antenna for your handheld.
Do you want to add a little more performance to your handheld radio? You might consider replacing the rubber duck antenna. Many hams add an external antenna mounted outdoors or in the attic, which can plug into the handheld for use at home. Here are a few links to get you started.
Replacement for the rubber duck
Here are several outdoor antenna options:
Local ham Charley Coulter's aluminum J-pole antenna for 2m / 70cm -
Contact Charley Coulter, K9MZN - email to charlana2 "at" embarqmail "dot" com
Ed Fong's TBJ-1 antennas
The antenna farm offers a nifty mobile to base conversion kit.