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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, December 11, 2016

3 Ham Antennas You Can Homebrew For This Spring

Yagi Ham Antenna
 There are 3 Ham Antennas you can homebrew for your Ham Shack this coming spring. The three I like are the yagi, moxon and quad antennas. When your thinking of a yagi ham antenna you have some different ways of building one. The first is made with pvc conduit pipe and wire. The only issues are that depending on the ham band it may be somewhat heavy and it may not hold up for too long in the weather. The other choice is to use some aluminum tubing. The pvc may be cheaper to use and is good for experimenting with. The aluminum tubing can be bought through hygain and DX Engineering just to name a few.
 The second ham antenna is the Moxon Antenna. Basically it is a rectangle with two pieces of wire. There are many different websites and videos on the internet that can be a tremendous help in designing and building a moxon antenna. If it's for six meters or 10 meters it can be made out of pvc conduit pipe. Once again it may be a little heavy and bend or droop. I would suggest putting some dowel rod or smaller metal conduit inside the pvc pipe for extra added support. Check out the Moxon Antenna Project for some awesome information. If you are looking for more Beam Antennas Click This Link For Beam Antennas.
 My third choice for a good ham antenna is the quad antenna. These antennas in the 2 meter, 6 meter and 10 meter bands can be made and are not too heavy. Another idea for the spreaders is to use 16 foot telescoping crappie fishing poles. These can actually be used for all three types of antennas. The nice part about them is that they are made of fiberglass and will hold up in the weather. The other added plus is that they are not too expensive. Cabelas on the internet has them for a good price.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

The 3 Ham Radio Licenses You Will Need To Transmit

 You can buy a Ham Radio and listen without a ham radio license. If however you want to transmit on a given band or frequency you will need the proper ham radio license. There are many websites on the internet where you can download study material or download a program to study from. I myself had some older books and also used the material off the internet to do my studying. My honest advise is to purchase the books and the cd program for your computer. If you can go to one of the ham radio classes in your area I would advise that also.
 There are 3 Ham Radio Licenses that you will need to transmit on various bands. I will list them below.
  1. The Technician 
  2. The General
  3. The Extra
 You may find that most Hams only go up to the General License as it provides the opportunity to transmit on most of the high frequency bands such as the 20 meter, 40 meter, 80 meter and 160 meter bands. There are portions that you can not transmit on only if you have the Extra Ham License. I myself have the Technician and the General Licenses. I am thinking about spending the time and going for the Extra Ham Radio License.
 Never try to transmit on any Ham Radio Band without a the proper license. If you do and get caught you could face a nasty fine from the FCC. Si it is best to get the license and enjoy the Ham Radio Hobby. You will be amazed at what a simple basic ham radio and a wire dipole antenna can do. Below are some places at Amazon where you can purchase the proper study material.
  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Simple Ways To Build Ham Antennas

 The best way to research what antenna to build is first determine your safe area to mount your antenna. Stay far away from power lines. Next determine what frequency you will be transmitting on. That will determine the size of the antenna. In other words a 2 meter antenna will be much smaller than a 20 meter antenna. The next thing is what are you going to build your antenna out of. Many Hams use pvc pipe. You would be surprised as to the designs you can come up with using electrical pvc pipe and various connectors.
 Pvc pipe is not all that expensive and antenna wire is not too expensive. It's all up to your imagination. Think about a certain antenna such as a quad antenna and the research it on the internet. Download some of the antenna building programs that are free. Then look for an antenna calculator and start your project today. Remember it's going to get cold outside. Also think about whether the antenna will be out in the winter.
 Start your antenna project today and take notes. Share your findings on the internet and maybe someone will like your antenna and build one. The Ham Radio Hobby is all about learning, sharing and having fun.

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