This blog is for anyone that loves building Ham Radio Antennas, CB Radio Antennas, Scanner Antennas and Any Antenna. Also for anyone that Buys Ham Radio Antennas as well as other Ham Radio Equipment.
Thank You From Dan KC2YTI

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Awesome Vertical Ground-Plane Ham Antennas

 Yes you can build yourself an awesome ground-plane . First I would use one of the free antenna calculators on the internet to determine the dimensions. Next you can purchase the aluminum tubing for the vertical radiator and the ground plane radials. One antenna that comes to mine is my old 5/8 wave 11 meter base antenna. I still see the old super penetrater being advertised. Yes that was one of those good old antennas that did an excellent job.

 Now if you want just a vertical ham antenna with some wire ground radials, you can build one yourself. You will need something to create the vertical radiator out of. It can be made out of aluminum tubing, like the vertical antennas that dx engineering makes. You will need an unun and some wire for ground radials. Again use one of the antenna calculators on the internet as will as looking at the specifications that the manufacturers website.

 Another idea is to design and build a vertical with a vertical wire cut for the desired frequency or band of frequencies. The s9 antennas and mfj verticals have this sort of design. You could use grey pvc conduit for the vertical element, but it will be flimsy and weak at long distances. My other advise is to use a fiberglass push up mast. There are a few different styles to choose from on the internet. Mfj has a few different models that vary in price and some are more heavy duty than others.

 Some of these types of Vertical Ham Antennas can be placed in a fiberglass flag pole. Restricted neighborhoods would not even know it was there. The best thing is to do some searching on the internet, find a design, redesign it to fit your needs and have fun.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Don't Just Memorize Answers...Pass The Ham Radio Tests By Learning

 So many people just want to memorize the answers for the Ham Radio Tests. I say take the time to learn what Ham Radio is all about. Then you can decide on a path or many paths in the Ham radio Hobby and pass it on to others. It's kind of embarrassing when a young child knows the correct answers and the reasons why. Who knows maybe you can become a teacher and help others to learn about Ham Radio. Always remember there are three licenses and they have to be taken in a certain order.
  1. Technician
  2. General
  3. Extra

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ham Antenna Design Programs

 When it comes to designing various Ham Antennas there are lots of antenna calculators to choose from on the internet. One excellent website is buxcomm at http://www.buxcomm.com/antennas.htm . I would also check out ham universe at http://www.hamuniverse.com/dipivcal.html . One of my favorites for a good selection of antenna calculators is at http://www.ve3sqb.com/ . If you are a moxon antenna lover be sure to check out http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/ .
 If you are looking for some good Ham Antenna Software check out:
  1. http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/5192
  2. http://www.qsl.net/4nec2/
  3. https://www.eznec.com/
  4. http://www.arrl.org/antenna-modeling
  5. http://ac6v.com/antsoftware.htm
 Now there are lots more free antenna building programs out there, so just have fun.

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