OK, so I have run into some problems. I’m having a hard time making contacts on HF.
At first I was having problems on the upper HF bands with tuning and the screen freaking out. I couldn’t tune 10-17 meters. 20 meters seems to be the sweet spot for the radio. I was able to make one (very weak) contact to a guy in Sacramento, but that was it. For some reason that turned out to be because I wasn’t using the UNUN. I thought I’d try without it. It doesn’t really make sense as to why this would be a problem on the upper bands (according to the documentation), but using it made the problem go away. The other problem with the screen freaking out on the upper HF bands was easily fixed by making sure the control cable stayed as far away from the HF coax as possible. OOPS!
I’m still having problems with tuning the lower bands. I can get 40 meters to tune on the upper edge of the band, but nothing lower. I was thinking a grounding issue..which it probably is, but I can’t track it down yet. The mount is well grounded and the body, frame and exhaust have ground straps attached. The only thing left is to try some different coax and run a ground strap from the hood to the panel the mount is grounded to.
On a good note…everything works great on 2M/70cm. Very clean signal, good audio…all around good reports.
I know this is a compromise antenna, but I should be doing better than this. Any ideas?