Monday, July 24, 2017

Ham Radio Tower Climbing Safety. Post #1199


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During my career in commercial broadcasting, I've climbed enough towers to last a lifetime. The fact that I'm still alive to discuss such things is a tribute to my training, the use of certified safety equipment, pre-planning, and plenty of help on the ground.

In this video from Valerie Hotzfeld, we learn how to climb ham radio towers safely. The emphasis of this video is on planning, safety equipment, and adequate ground support.  Don't take shortcuts when you climb towers.  Just take your time and work slowly.

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

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http://www.arrl.org.
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news (a weekly podcast updated each Friday afternoon).
https://paper.li/kh6jrm/1430289353 (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

https://paper.li/f-1476233615 (Hawaii Science Digest).
https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com (trends in geopolitical intelligence and cybersecurity).
https://paper.li/f-1482109921 (My Daily Intelligence Briefing).

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Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Amateur Radio Bicycle Mobile setup. Post #1198.


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Not all mobile operations can be run from your vehicle.  How about mounting a simple 5/8 wavelength Larson VHF magnetic mount antenna on your bicycle and using a HT to contact fellow radio amateurs on 2 meters while you cruise around the neighborhood?  "Taverned" has just done that with a simple 2 meter mobile antenna arrangement on his mountain bike. When you've finished your run, you can park the bike at a public park and operate portable from a bench or picnic table.  A very simple, effective operation--plus you get exercise and some fresh air at the same time.

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

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 updated on Friday afternoons).
https://paper.li/kh6jrm/1430289353 (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

https://paper.li/f-1476233615 (Hawaii Science Digest).
https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com (trends in geopolitical intelligence and cybersecurity).
https://paper.li/f-1472109921 (My Daily Intelligence Briefing).

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)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Solo antenna mast erecting - Ham Radio know how. Post #1197.


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Placing your ham radio antenna atop a mast can really boost your your antenna performance, especially if you're using a small yagi beam. In this video, "ColdMoon" shows how he erected a mast by himself using 3 guy lines and a fiberglass pole.  While this arrangement works, it may be safer to have a friend help you, in case there is a problem.

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 updated every Friday afternoon).
https://paper.li/kh6jrm/1430289353 (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

https://paper.li/f-1476233615 (Hawaii Science Digest).
https://hawaiiintellilgencedigest.com (trends in geopolitical intelligence and cybersecurity).
https://paper.li/f-1482109921 (My Daily Intelligence Briefing).

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)

Friday, July 21, 2017

New Portable Antenna Covers 60m Band. Post #1196.


New Portable Antenna Covers 60m Band
(http://www.sotabeams.co.uk/band-hopper-iii-three-band-linked-dipole).
Accessed on 21July 2017, 20:30 hrs, UTC.
Source:  www.sotabeams.co.uk.
Please click link to read the full article.

Comment:

Now that the 60 meter band (5 kHz) is available in many countries, SOTABeams is now producing a version of its popular Band- Hopper Antennas to include 60 meters.  According to SOTABEAMS, the "Midi-Hopper" is a full-sized antenna that covers 60 meters, 40 meters, and 20 meters.  The antenna includes a balun, feeder, and guying for a 7 meter/22.96-foot telescoping mast. For more information on this new antenna, please contact SOTABEAMS at the URL listed at the top of the article.

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 updated each Friday afternoon).
https://paper.li/kh6jrm/1430289353 (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

https://paper.li/f-1476233615 (Hawaii Science Digest).
https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com (trends in geopolitcal intelligence and cybersecurity).
https://paper.li/f-1482109921 (my Daily Intelligence Briefing).

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, July 20, 2017

My Isotron 10 Meter Ham Radio Antenna. Post #1195.


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If you want to experiment with an unusual antenna design, try the Isotron 10 Meter Ham Radio Antenna.  In this post from "videosbymike" we see how this antenna is built and what it can do when propagation favors the 10 meter band. Mike unpacked the box, quickly set up the antenna, and made some solid contacts to Santiago, Chile and Puerto Rico from his porch approximately 20-feet/6.097 meters above ground.  The rig used for the antenna test was an old Radio Shack HTX-10 running 25 watts from solar panels.  Isotron also makes antennas for 160, 80, 40, 20, and 15 meters.

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 updated each Friday afternoon).
https://paper.li/kh6jrm/1430289353 (Amateur Radio News & Information).

Other sites of interest:

https://paper.li/f-1476233615 (Hawaii Science Digest).
https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com (trends in geopolitical intelligence and cybersecurity).
https://paper.li/f-1482109921 (my daily intelligence briefing).

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)