I have totally missed having a decent 100 watt station at home. Several months ago I tore down all of my HF antennas in preparation for a move that didn’t happen because our deal didn’t go through. Long story short, we’ll probably be here another year or so, so there’s no...
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  • Congratulations K5URU! Winner of the Bedspring Challenge!

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    I took down my off-center fed dipole the other day to install the LDG AT-100 ATU on the same mast. Being that the antenna is pretty much at the same height, and oriented about the same as my OCF was, I’m not expecting a big boost in performance, but I...
  • Using a small transmitting loop (W4OP Loop) with the SDRPlay (Video)

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  • Experimenting with my first remote antenna tuner!

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