New product for antenna testing

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SOTABEAMS has released details of latest addition to their antenna testing system, the WSPRlite Flexi, today.

Building on the success of the WSPRlite Classic, the Flexi increases coverage from 6 metres through to 630 metres.

 

The Flexi also incorporates a number of new facilities including a unique interference avoidance algorithm to help it avoid interference from other WSPR users. When combined with the DXplorer.net website, WSPRlite provides a unique way to look at antenna performance and to see how propagation varies in real-time.

Details at:
http://www.sotabeams.co.uk/wsprlite-flexi

(As seen on Southgate ARC)

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Radio amateur G5RV honoured by villagers

 

Louis Varney G5RV, founder member in 1936 of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS), received a little-known honour in 1945

During World War II Louis was stationed at a radio monitoring station in the hamlet of Steart near Bridgwater in Somerset. The local newspaper records he received an honour from the residents of the hamlet: Continue reading

The Fence Fan Dipole

Came across this somewhat stealth multiband dipole antenna project.  Brought me back to when I was first licensed in the early ’80’s living in a condo residence I built one a bit more crudely designed then this one, but it did get me on the air with no complaints from my fellow neighbors at the time.  Had a lot of fun with it. Continue reading

My New Vertical Antenna 

Well maybe New is not the word, but redesign might be a better way of describing my Butternut Vertical antenna. Can’t wait to see if it gives me better performance. Hi Hi!  Just happened to glance out the window last night as I was going to bed and Mother Nature decided she was going to redesign everything about the antenna.  Sure don’t remember having a bend in it after the coil.  Oh, well repairs in the spring.

Gord -VE7FKY 

Deploy Anywhere Vertical

Came across this interesting video by Cliff (N4CCB) on a vertical antenna that can be used anywhere.  Although Cliff’s main intention in this video is for portable use in parks, SOTA etc. it got me to thinking about antenna challenged folks.  Although 40m might be too long in length For some, most should get 10 to maybe 30m.   Continue reading