Re: newbee here...just made the order...antenna question on old G5RV
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With almost any antenna designed to work over a large frequency range you will need a tuner of some sort. Either a built in one or external.
The G5RV is not really that good of an antenna for all bands. It was designed for 20 meters and a certain pattern. It will give a reasonable SWR over many of the ham bands, but still a tuner is needed. I like an off center fed antenna for working most ham bands . It still needs an antenna tuner. Look for the plans of a Carolina Windom if you want to build one.
As you are going to need a SWR bridge I wold look at a tuner that has a SWR meter built in. Much as I hate say it about getting a MFJ, that may be the best for the dollar. Open it up and check for loose parts and bad solder connections. Lots of the mfj stuff seems to be about 99% built. and you need the extra 1%.
LDG makes some good automatic tuners at a reasonable price.
73 de ku4pt
On Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 3:32 PM, Don - KM4UDX <dontAy155@...> wrote: