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Saturday, September 26, 2015

One Important Piece Of Equipment For Building Ham Radio Antennas

 If you are going to build Ham Radio Antennas there is one important piece of Ham Radio Equipment you will need. That important piece of equipment is a Antenna Analyzer. There are a few different manufacturers that come to mind. The most popular brand I can think of is MFJ. Now I know individuals tend to frown on MFJ Products, but for myself they seem to work just fine.  My MFJ 259C seems to do a very fine job. I have used it on a few different occasions and I have had no problems with it.
 There are other brands of Antenna Analyzers out there such as SainSonic, Rig Expert and Comet as well as some other brands. If you are looking for some places to read reviews on various types of ham radio equipment I would check out Amazon.com, Ebay and http://www.eham.net/ .  Here is a link to a youtube video on the basics of an antenna analyzer https://youtu.be/3Sba7_giu7w . Below is some information on the MFJ 269C Pro Antenna Analyzer.

  MFJ Enterprises Original MFJ-269CPRO .53-230 / 430 ~ 520 MHz Antenna / SWR / RF Analyzer w/ LCD, Counter & Meters.

  • 530KHz-230MHz plus 415-470MHz HF/VHF/UHF SWR Analyzer
  • New 12-bit A/D converter gives much better accuracy and resolution than common 8-bit A/D converters -- an MFJ-269C exclusive!
  • Built-in Coax Calculator -- calculates coax line length in feet given coax length in electrical degrees and vice versa for any frequency and any velocity factor (great for building matching sections and phasing lines) -- an MFJ-269C exclusive!
  • Large easy-to-read two line LCD display and side-by-side meters clearly display your information. Built-in Ni-Cad/Ni-MH charger circuit, battery saver, low battery warning, smooth reduction drive tuning.Use as signal source for testing/alignment.
  • Has built-in "N-type" connector. Includes Free N-to-SO-239 adapter. Use 10 AA Ni-MH or Ni-Cad or alkaline batteries (not included -- alkaline batteries cannot be charged internally) or 110-240 VAC with optional MFJ-1312D.

Ham Radio Antenna Help

 If you are thinking of building a Ham Radio Antenna you will need some information. In other words some education on building ham radio antennas. The first thing I would do is invest in some books on building ham antennas or for that matter any antenna. What I would suggest is one of the ARRL Antenna Handbooks or Manuals. I have one of those and it is quite a few years old, but I still use it from time to time. There are also plenty of other books out there that will provide all kinds of excellent information.
 The next place I would look is on the internet. There are tons of websites that provide all kinds of information. You can be building for example a Moxon Antenna. Here is a link to one of those websites http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/ . There are also plenty of antenna calculators out there on the internet that will help in the designing of a particular kind of antenna. One of my favorite places is at http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Antennas/Antenna_Calculators/ . One of my other favorite websites for antenna calculators is http://www.ve3sqb.com/ .The choices out there on the internet are just endless for all kinds of help and information on building antennas.

 Antenna simulation tutorial 2 - building antennas with the editors by dx2hunt

  Now the other place I would look for help and information is on youtube. There are so many different videos out there it is unbelievable . Unfortunately I can not post them all on my blog due to copy write laws. There are some that I can post from Creative Commons in the Public Domain. So when I come across some I plan to share them. I will also be placing some ads for various types of Ham Radio Equipment, Books and anything that can help.


What This Blog Is About

 This Blog is going to be for anyone that loves designing and building Antennas. These Antennas can be for Ham Radio as well as CB Radio. I am also going to be looking for other Antennas for Scanners and anything such as Shortwave Antennas. If I can find videos and other information I will post it. If anyone that visits the Blog has an Antenna Idea be sure to leave a comment. I will also be saying things about other Ham Radio Equipment along the way. I will also have links to my other Blogs just in case they can help someone.

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