March2017

  • Elk Antennas 2m/440L5 Log Periodic Antenna

    Introducing the Elk Log Periodic 2m/70cm antenna. Developed & designed by Ray – AG6SI & Pete – K6SHE, and now sold by Jim – AF6PU. The latest in my arsenal for portable VHF/UHF operations – yet also a great option for a base station! Why a log periodic? Well, with a Yagi...
  • CQ WW WPX SSB Contest! (Video)

    It was search & pounce time this weekend on the HF bands! Propagation was tough… I won’t lie… I edited out quite a bit of unsuccessful contacts on the video… but was still lots of fun nonetheless. Thanks to all who participated & worked me out of the noise...
  • Using the W4OP Mag Loop indoors!

    When HF conditions suck this bad (yes – I’ve spent countless hours the past few weeks with not much success on single side band)… I become a little bit more active on using digital modes! We haven’t had this low of sunspot activity since the last solar minimum! Digi modes...
  • Review – Bioenno Power LiFePo4 Batteries

    I’m a bit of a battery snob – I like having backup power & the option to take my equipment wherever I choose. You no longer have to be glued to the shack in fear of carrying that beast of an SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) battery around with you anywhere...
  • Longest GoPro Telescopic Pole Ever – Awesome way to inspect your antennas or get a great shot @ field day! (Vid & Pics)

    Just had to take advantage of the new Spiderpole that came in recently (the telescopic pole I use for antennas). I use a GoPro Session 5 which is probably the smallest camera i’ve ever used. I thought – why not put the camera at the top of the pole...
  • Experimenting with my first remote antenna tuner!

    Welcome to project #37859 – the never ending saga of improving my signal! I’ve tried all sorts of different wire antennas here at the house in suburbia, and all have performed about as well as I’d expect them to given their compromised position & setup. However, I took a...
  • The W4OP Magnetic Loop Antenna (Video)

    Introducing the newest antenna in my arsenal. The W4OP Magnetic Loop Antenna (MLA)! A mag loop that does 60m-10m (with a 6 meter option planned in the future). I must say that my initial impressions of this antenna are much better than I anticipated. I know the inherent limitations...
  • Ton o’ fun in the ARRL International DX Contest

    It has been a cold & rainy past few days in Austin, TX. The type of weather suited for a warm cup of joe, hot cup o’ soup, and my pups snuggled by my side in the radio shack! I just had to get in on the action this...
  • My first 9:1 unun for an End Fed Antenna

    Well hello there little guy! Welcome to Planet Earth! Say hello to my first born 9:1 unun. He was born last night, at around 8:30 p.m., weighing in at just over 10 ounces! I’ve named him Old Glory, after good ole’ red, white & blue! 😛 Take a look at...