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
For you Magnetic loop antenna fans out there here’s an interesting three band portable antenna for your consideration from G4FON.
Description can be found here.
For the 6 meter buffs out there this antenna project should take about an hour with minimal cost.
6 Meter EDZ Signal Squirter
If you build one post a comment and let us know how you made out.
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
Came across this antenna project while browsing through DXZone. Similiar to a G5RV it works 6 thru 80 meters and it should take about an hour to build if you have all the needed parts. Continue reading
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
Testing HF antennas is a tricky thing to do. Simple on-air test are seldom conclusive and are more often than not, they are just plain confusing. SOTABEAMS has come up with a completely new way to test antennas, locations and to monitor propagation using the WSPR system. Continue reading
Now that ShakeOut BC is over for another year you might be questioning your rubber duckie antenna and it’s performance. Here’s a real simple weekend project for a two meter antenna by Randy K7AGE. Continue reading
A good you tube video from Cliff N4CCB on building a hex beam for portable use. Continue reading
Hand-carried QRP Antennas, by Peter Parker VK3YE, is the new book that takes the mystery out of portable antennas.
After inviting you to assess your needs, it discusses the pros and cons of popular types. Its style is brisk and practical with almost no maths.
Many ideas for cheap but good materials suitable for portable antennas are given. Beginners and those returning to radio after a break should especially find this section handy.
Finally there’s construction details on a variety of simple but practical antennas and accessories suitable for portable operating. All have been built and tested by the author over almost 30 years of successful QRP activity.
Hand-carried QRP antennas is an ebook readable on most devices (free software available if you don’t have a Kindle). It’s Peter’s second book, following on from the popular Minimum QRP, released last year.
More information: http://home.alphalink.com.au/~parkerp/handqrp.htm
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vk3yeradiobooks/
(Ed note: found on Southgate ARC)