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Beginners questions

Hi Rick...

>>First, can I expect to work any of the FM birds, reasonably, with a 2 meter 
vertical or dipole?  (same for 440)<<

Absolutely.  I've made contacts on three of the FM birds using an HT and 
flexible whip--a long rubber duckie.  I've even made contacts 
on SunSat with a 3db gain collinear vertical antenna from inside my steel 
frame fireproof apartment building surrounded by other buildings.  I have 
trouble using local repeaters with the same radio and antenna indoors.

The midmorning Saturday passes are nuts, but the majority of my operation has 
been on those passes, and I seem to get one or more contacts on about 25 
percent of the high angle passes.

Many people seem to be using Arrow hand held satellite antennas with their 
HTs.  They seem to do very very well with them.

I'm an apartment dweller, so I really love the opportunity to do something 
like "real" ham radio with my HT, instead of just working the local repeaters.

Hope this helps!

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