Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wire Antenna Calculator. Post #1316.


Wire Antenna Calculator
(http://www.ws6x.com/ant_calc.htm)
Author:  Jim Clymer, Jr (WS6X).
Accessed on 19 November 2017, 0255 UTC.
Please click link or enter title URL into your browser to read the full article.

Comment:

If you experiment with HF amateur radio antennas, this Wire Antenna Calculator from Jim Clymer, Jr. (WS6X) will save you a lot of time as you configure and trim your HF antenna ideas.  I've made a copy of the article for my reference library, since I tend to try many antenna designs at my QTH.

Here are the main antennas discussed by Jim:

Standard Flat Top Dipole.
Inverted Vee.
Quad Loops.
Equilateral Delta Loops.
Full Wave Loops.

Each section carries some basic antenna theory and construction tips to maximize the performance of these popular antennas.

The calculator is simple.  All  you have to do is fill in the calculator form and press the calculate button.

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https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com.
https://bigislandarrlnews.com.
http://www.arrl.org.
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news (a weekly podcast which is updated each Friday).
http://amateurradionewsinformation.com (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

Hawaii Science Digest (http://hawaiisciencedigest.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Digest (https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Daily (https://paper.li/f-1482109921).
Hawaii News Digest (https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com).

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Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Friday, November 17, 2017

NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave. Post #1315.

NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave
(http://www.arrl.org/news/view/the-doctor-will-see-you-now-43)
Accessed on 17 November 2017, 1630 UTC.
Authors:  Steve Ford (WB8IMY) and Joel Hallas (W1ZR).
Please click link or enter title URL into your browser search box to access the podcast.

Comment:

"NVIS:  Near Vertical Incidence Skywave" is the topic of the current issue of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.  The "ARRL The Doctor is In" is sponsored by DX Engineering and  covers "all things technical."

The twice monthly podcast features hosts, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford (WB8IMY) and the "Doctor", Joel Hallas *W1ZR), who discuss a wide range of technical issues.

You can access the podcast directly by visiting https://www.blubrry.com/arrl_the_doctor_is_in/

For the latest Amateur Radio New and Information, please visit these websites:

http://www.HawaiiARRL.info.
https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com.
https://bigislandarrlnews.com.
http://www.arrl.org.
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news (a weekly podcast which is updated each Friday).
http://amateurradionewsinformation.com (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

Hawaii Science Digest (http://hawaiisciencedigest.com).
Hawaii News Digest (https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Digest (https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Daily (https://paper.li/f-1482109921).

Be sure to check the blog sidebars for more antenna and propagation articles.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Doublet aerial for HF amateur ham radio short wave bands. Post #1314.


If you can't view this video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZmyvtMvEGY.

This video is another great production from Ray of the "Radio Workshop" in the UK.  In this video, Ray provides all of the theory, construction practices, and uses of the classic "doublet antenna."  This old design can be used for both single and multiband use, depending on what feedlines and antenna lengths you choose. If you prefer the multiband approach, then this video is for you.  The concept is simple:  build a dipole antenna for the lowest frequency of use, feed the antenna with balanced line (300 ohm tv ribbon, 450 ohm ladder line, or homemade 600 ohm balanced line), run the balanced line into an antenna "tuner" that handles balanced line or connect the balanced line to a 4:1 current balun, and use a small length of 50 ohm coaxial cable to connect the balun to your antenna "tuner."  Place the "doublet" as high as you can and get set to enjoy some pleasant hours chasing DX.  Ray's video tutorial is excellent, well-produced, and easy to understand.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please visit these websites:

http://www.HawaiiARRL.info.
https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com.
https://bigislandarrlnews.com.
http://www.arrl.org.
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news (a weekly podcast that is updated on Friday).
http://amateurradionewsinformation.com (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

Hawaii Science Digest (http://hawaiisciencedigest.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Digest (https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Daily (https://paper.li/f-1482109921).
Hawaii News Digest (https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ham Radio - Building a spiral loop antenna for 20 meters. Post #1313


If you can't view this video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji19-6LPog0

Here's another clever magnetic loop antenna for radio amateurs unable to erect antennas because of CC&R and HOA restrictions.

Kevin Loughin (KB9RLW) calls his creating a "spiral loop antenna" for 20 meters.  The video does a good job of explaining the theory, construction, and operation of this magnetic loop antenna variation.  Most of the materials can be found in your ham shack or at the nearest home improvement and building supply outlet.  This is a fun and educational project that will deliver good performance at a moderate cost.

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Information, please visit these websites:

http://www.HawaiiARRL.info.
https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com.
https://bigislandarrlnews.com.
http://www.arrl.org.
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news (a weekly podcast which is updated on Friday).
http://amateurradionewsinformation.com (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

Hawaii Science Digest (http://hawaiisciencedigest.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Digest (https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Daily (https://paper.li/f-1482109921).
Hawaii News Digest (https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com).

Be sure to check the blog sidebars for more antenna and propagation articles.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ham Radio - Junk Box Magnetic Loop final design overview and on air test


If you can't view this video, please insert title URL into your browser search box (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTsYRyEkCkQ). This is post #1312 in a continuing series featuring simple ham radio antennas.

In part two of Kevin's (KB9RLW) mini magnetic loop transmitting antenna, we see how a few minor changes can enhance the performance of this small, "stealthy" antenna.  According to Kevin, this is final version of his mini magnetic loop antenna, which was made "from scrounged junk in my basement."  Kevin says the antenna "works surprisingly well" using only 0.5 watts in the WSPR mode.  This antenna will give radio amateurs living in deed restricted homes, apartments, and condominium units an way to get on the air without rasining the suspicions of nosey neighbors.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please visit these websites:

http://www.HawaiiARRL.info.
https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com.
https://bigislandarrlnews.com.
http://www.arrl.org.
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news (a weekly podcast which is updated each Friday).
https://paper.li/kh6jrm/1430289353 (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

Hawaii Science Digest (http://hawaiisciencedigest.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Digest (https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com).
Hawaii Intelligence Daily (https://paper.li/f-1482109921).
Hawaii News Digest (https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com).

Be sure to check the blog sidebars for more antenna and propagation articles.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).