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There's a repeater near me that has a morning 800a net (N8DUY). I'm close enough to it that I can easily copy everything from it, but my HT with a rubber duck antenna doesn't work well enough to get a clean signal in - especially compared to the signals of the OMs who have base stations and better antennas and more power.

This morning I used my ladder line antenna strung on low branch in a tree, and miracle of miracles I get positive signal reports.

Next: same antenna out an attic window.

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