20-meter Band Graphic from Ask Dave 2

By request here is the band graphic showing where certain types of activity take place on the 20-meter band. This is by no means a complete representation, but highlights some of the more interesting features. This graphic was used in the second Ask Dave video.

Graphic from Ask Dave Episode 2, showing some key features of the US Amateur 20-meter band (14 to 14.35 MHz)

Graphic from Ask Dave Episode 2, showing some key features of the US Amateur 20-meter band (14 to 14.35 MHz)

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4 Responses to 20-meter Band Graphic from Ask Dave 2

  1. Dave says:

    Hi Richard,

    Congrats on becoming a ham! I hope you overcome whatever hurdles lie ahead and get on the air!

    Generally, HF radios cover 160m through 10 or 6 meters. Some radios also cover VHF and UHF. There aren’t any single-band radios except some CW-only QRP rigs, and I don’t recommend QRP for newcomers–get some on-the-air experience first.

    Yaesu, Icom, and Kenwood all have radios that fit the bill. I’d avoid getting anything fancy–all those knobs and buttons can get in the way of simply getting on the air and conversing with other hams.

    A lot of hams seem to like the Yaesu FT-991. I don’t have one, but I’ve heard good things. The Yaesu FT-450 is their starter rig and is a fine rig in its own right.

    I recommend a dipole for your first antenna. If you want to target 20m, then you can put up a dipole for this band in relatively little room–a half-wave dipole is about 33 feet long.

    A couple of the About Dave videos address setting up your station and antenna. See the playlist here.

    Hope this helps!

    73, Dave, KEØOG

  2. Richard stephens says:

    The 20 meter band. Is this a good band to start with and buy equipment or is there a better choice. I recently passed all three licences.

  3. Richard says:

    This is a very handy chart , and I plan to post it at my station. I find it much easier to read and quicker than the colored chart from ARRL

  4. Richard Kelly says:

    Thank you
    for the help and Information’s on Amateur Radio, 2m Antenna and ect.

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