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My experienses on 2 meters when I was living in southern Finland (near Helsinki). My Finnisf call sign was (and still is) OH2AXE. I did not have 70 cm equipment. Antenna: 2 x 2 stack of double hybrid quads, gain about +12 dBd, about 10 m above ground. 50 W homemade linear amplifier. Most of the time the TX power is not so critical, even 5 or 10 W is enough ...


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My personal experience: Baofeng UV-5R, works fine with stock rubber ducky antenna. Made a simple quarter-wave dipole antenna, connected to my radio with about 10 feet of cable. It transmitted much better than stock antenna. However, there was a problem with reception. The radio would receive the first transmission, and but would not re-open the squelch until ...


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