New to Ham (Jan '16) and New to HF

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New to Ham (Jan '16) and New to HF

Quick question -

I recently purchased an 857D and threw a homebrew 40M antenna (dipole, inverted V) in the air. Made a few contacts to include one from my QTH (EM64) to Dearborn, MI.

The question I have - the "junk" noise I heard on 40M was registering an S7 to S8...is that normal? would a balun fix some on that noise making it easier to pull contacts out?

Yes, I know I can buy a good antenna, analyzer, etc, etc, etc..., but it's much more fun building.

Thought...

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W4END - Paul