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Dipoles are easy and cheap to install, almost invisible and work good. They should be as high as possible, installed in the clear away from metal parts of your house,  and power lines.
Here's a chart and  for dipoles. dipole length chart from the 1962 ARRL handbook.

COAX LOSS  link to Loss calculator
Quick thoughts: the longer the coax the more power you lose,
the LOSS also effects how much of the received signal you lose.
The higher the frequency you are using, the more you lose in the coax.
Bigger diameter coax cable usually has less loss. However, knowing the impedance of your antenna and the coax is important.
A dipole is close to 75 Ohms.  you can use cheap RG-59 TV cable since its also 75 Ohms.

 

 

 

Vertical antennas need a GOOD ground system, radials , etc
Vertical Calculator  Calculations depend on the diameter of the conductor / pipe

 

 

 

 

SWR Chart   for use with meters like Bird  CHART   big enough to print
Do it all Antenna Calculator  , Beams, Dipoles, Verticals   N3DNO Calculator

 

Contest help.
Phonics
, do you know the proper phonics  heres a list
State & Province Abbreviations     heres a list
ARRL Sections (84)   heres a list             
          
+ Mexico for the 10 meter contest 
Looking for a simple Shortwave radio, see this link  

 

6 meter Halo , etc, antenna designs
Links for three different antennas that will get you on 6 meters with style !!!
Link one copper  

Link two aluminum

Link three  this & that

Hf radio from kglassarrl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QSL CARDS Guidelines
First, try if at all possible to have your card printed  on a 3 1/2"x 5 1/2" post card card stock, not a piece of paper,  something like  postcard thickness.

What do you need on your card
you need your Call ,  your name and address including your county, and GRID square

By the ARRL rules, ( I don't think anyone looking anymore), the words like
"Confirms QSO WITH"  or my card says
"This QSL card Confirms TWO-WAY radio contact with",
you need a place to write the contact information about your QSO
a place for his call, the date, the time in UTC , the frequency , the RST, and Mode.

This  card does all that its a club card.
Plus a place to request a card or to thank someone else for sending their card.
YOU NEED TO SIGN your card when you send one out.



Note the extra info above and beyond the minimum ,
like his Zones and club info, email,  a place for notes.

On both of these cards there is a place that seems to be a confusion point, that being
                       Pse   QSL   Tnx

If you need a QSL, circle Pse  for please,  put in an envelope along with a SASE.
If you received his card in the mail, and are sending a reply   circle  Tnx.
otherwise you will both keep replying over and over.

Here is a copy of my present card, I make my own on my old trusty HP4 laser printer, sometimes not an easy task,  and I am not sure its cheaper than just buying pre-printed
QSL's.  There are several printers in pocatello that makes cards, if you ask..

you will notice I did away with the Pse and Tnx confusion  , the RST is preprinted since
in my opinion  it is totally useless information, but probably required by someone for an award, so its there. 
If I copied your call, and your in my computerized logging program its a good contact ..
I also have more info on my card  than you need but the basics are all covered.
that is , again, the station call, time and date,  band , mode  and 59+.



REAL HAMS, have QSL cards.
I use the ARRL   LoTW system too. 

other systems like eQSL, and QRZ.com's QSL system are just for that warm fuzzy feeling,  not worth the bits and bytes they are made of.    sort of like Bitcoin ????