February2016

  • Testing 20m dipole

    Happy Sunday folks, Since my 6m dipole project didn’t fair so well, I thought i’d try a 20m 1/2 wave dipole. I cut each leg to 16.7 feet, and looped the extra back onto itself, (about 2 inches), and trimmed an extra 1/2 inch off each leg to account...
  • Portable WSPR Beacon Experiment

    Greetings hams, Now that I’ve taken a long hiatus from HF, I think it’s time to get back to business. I built these little gems last night in hopes that I can get them to power my QRP labs transmitter. They were easy enough to assemble, just apply the...
  • Ditch the j pole, get a real antenna they said!

    I’ve still been spending a lot of time on VHF lately, and I was lucky enough to have a local ham lend me a Comet GP-3, and let me just say, WHOA! Why in the world would someone recommend the Arrow J pole over an antenna like the GP-3,...
  • A week spent in VHF/UHF land

    Greetings Amateur Radio Enthusiasts & the like! There’s something noble about the ham who has all home brew gear. I certainly aspire to learn more and more each day in this hobby, but sometimes I just don’t think i’ll catch up fast enough to those who have been in...
  • POLL RESULTS: How is your end fed antenna configured?

    End Fed Poll Results. Thanks for voting everyone. Horizontally configured & L configuration seem to be the most popular. I have mine in an L & a random wire pattern at this point. The higher the better though. I’ve found that they’re best for NVIS communication so far. I’ve...