New VHF/UHF Antenna
I bought a new antenna in preparation for being the net control station for the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service weekly checkin. This is basically a meeting conducted on a radio frequency. There were 12 stations participating and we talked for about 40 minutes.
The new antenna is a Diamond X-30 and is on a 28' pole, sitting at about 8' elevation on my deck. If you look closely you'll see a magmount antenna still attached to the edge of the roof, that it replaces. I found that I couldn't hear and be heard very well by the other stations (some as far as 20 miles away) without the extra elevation.
This was my first time as the net control station and it went very well. Only one station was particularly difficult for me to hear, and that's because it is about 6-7 miles from me on the opposite side of a 1000' mountain... but we practice relaying messages with stations that can hear both of us.
The stations are the ones I will be very happy to hear from if there is some big local disaster like floods, storms, or earthquake. The emergency training we do helps us be a little more prepared for those events.