If you happen to be on 80 meters tonight around 2100 local (0200UTC), please join myself, Jon (N5CFB) & Fred (KG5PWA) test out some 80 meter antennas!
Jon has been working on an 80m homebrew coil for the Buddistick vertical whip. It’s basically a set frequency coil, so any adjustments have to be made with the whip to move around within the 80m band. A bit different than adjusting by using the taps on a ‘tapable’ coil. The counterpoise is also elevated which is 66′ long and forms an ‘L’ shape. To compare, we’ll be setting up my Wolf River Coil & MFJ 1979 whip on 80 meters as a ground mounted 80 meter vertical with 3 33′ ground radials.
We’ll be testing out on 80 meters tonight from a nice quiet little open field here in Central Texas, so if you’re on the air tonight, we’re going to shoot for around 3.840, but may have to adjust accordingly.
Also lookout for the upcoming video on this project!
I couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday morning! Who needs sleeping in when you’ve got radio experiments to attend to!? Big thanks to Jon for allowing me to document his experiment. I love helping other hams document their experiments, not just my own. This is one of the primary differences that you’ll see in my YouTube channel. I like helping others share their amazing projects that they’ve spent so many long hours on. If any ham in CenTex ever wants to document their experiments, please shoot me a message!
Lookout for us on eighty meters esta noche.