Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Get Your Handheld Transceiver On Your Christmas List

Since Christmas is getting closer we all start thinking about all those wonderful Ham Radio pieces of equipment we would like. One of those favorite items I can think of is a nice Handheld Transceiver. There are quite a few different ones to choose from and they all do an excellent job. In fact I remember watching a video where a ham radio operator used a hand held transceiver with a homebrew quad 2 meter antenna. He was getting some excellent results with it on the 2 meter band.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Build A Ham Antenna Before Winter Hits


 It's getting colder and pretty soon it may be too cold to do any outside work on building your antenna project. So now is the time to plan, build and enjoy. It does not have to be an elaborate antenna. It can be as simple as a dipole or J-Pole Antenna. Most parts to build a simple antenna such as these are readily available at Lowes or Home Depot. If you are thinking of a simple 2 meter beam antenna think about a quad antenna using Grey Electrical PVC Pipe.
 I prefer the Grey Electrical due to it being UV Protected and won't deteriorate as fast in the sunlight. Also there are many different angle pieces you can use in the design of your antenna. If your thinking of a J-Pole Antenna or a small beam antenna, think about using copper pipe. I have seen people use the pvc pipe and make a wire beam antenna. If you use normal pvc pipe I would make sure you paint it. This way it will have some uv light protection.

                      

  I would make sure if you are building an antenna of some sort have the proper tools and equipment. I would definitely have a good SWR Antenna Analyzer . MFJ, Comet and Rig Expert make some excellent SWR Antenna Analyzers. I would also make sure you have some good Hand Tools for cutting and stripping wire. I would also recommend you have a good pvc cutter to cut the pvc pipe. Yes you should have plenty of Nuts, Bolts and Washers handy. Maybe even some pvc glue if this antenna is somewhat permanent. Just remember the larger the antenna the hard it is to stand up to the harsh winter wind and cold environment.


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