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How a simple counterpoise system can lower your SWR. Post #1534.

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Every vertical antenna needs a ground radial or a counterpoise system to realize maximum efficiency and reduced SWR.  If you can't lay in a ground radial system, then a counterpoise system consisting of 1/4 wave length wires running parallel to the ground, suspended over the ground under the vertical antenna will insure that SWR is tamed and that your vertical antenna is radiating more efficiently.  In this video, the antenna in question is a tri-band 6 meter, 2 meter, and 70 cm vertical with added counterpoise wires.  An interesting project that you can complete in just a few hours.

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13 Cool Ideas for Your Field Day Antenna. Post #1533.

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13 Cool Ideas for Your Field Day Antenna. Post #1533.

https://www.dxzone.com/best-field-day-antenna.

Accessed on 22 June 2018, 2110 UTC, Post #1533.

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I've always favored "homebrewed" wire antennas for the annual ARRL Field Day, which occurs on the third full weekend of June.  Whether I've opted to run my portable station in my backyard (because of work requirements) or chosen to help with the Big Island Amateur Radio Club Field Day site, I always have a spare DIY antenna in my van or under my operating desk.  Along with my portable multiband HF antenna, I also carry a "go-kit" with a HF transceiver, solar panels, deep cycle marine battery, an antenna "tuner", spare feed lines (usually 450 ohm ladder line), and a variety of 1:4 and 1:1 current baluns.  I've tried a few of the antennas described in this article and found them to be reasonably simple, portable, and easily rep…

8 Things We Love About Field Day, Part 8 of 8, Post #1532.

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Bob Hajdak (N8QE) wraps up this 8 part series on the ARRL Field Day with one of the best reasons to join your fellow radio amateurs "in the field"--"It's blast!"  Granted, Field Day is supposed to be a test of our emergency communications preparedness, and it is for the most part. But there's nothing in the ARRL Field Day rules that outlaws fun, friendship, and, occasionally, excellent food prepared over a campfire or portable butane stove.  Even if you can't join a club in the field, take your station outside, erect a temporary antenna, position your solar panels, hook up a deep cycle marine battery, and get ready for a radio adventure. Enjoy the upcoming ARRL Field Day!

Thanks to DXEngineering for an enjoyable and enlightening video series on Field Day.

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8 Things We Love About Field Day, Part 7 of 8. Post #1531.

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Here is part 7 of DXEngineering's series on the ARRL Field Day.  In this segment, George Proudfoot (K3GP) shows us another aspect of the annual ARRL event--How Field Day keeps us prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. Field Day hones our operating and technical skills by forcing us to use emergency power sources, making on-the-spot antennas, learning how to make repairs, and adapting to field operating conditions.

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https://bigislandarrlnews.com.
https://amateurradionewsinformation.com (Amateur Radio News & Information).
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8 Things We Love About Field Day, Part 6 of 8, Post #1530.

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DXEngineering continues with part 6 of its 8 part series on the ARRL Field Day.  In this episode, Mike Grattadauria (KC8NMW) explains how unpredictable events, such as the weather and equipment failures, can test our ability to communicate over long distances.  Summer heat, insects, and propagation problems often make Field Day a genuine challenge for most of us. Events such as Field Day teach us the importance of being prepared and having a "Plan B" if things don't go they should.

For the latest Amateur/Ham 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 which is updated each Friday afternoon).
https://hamradiohawaii.wordpress.com.
https://bigislandarrlnews.com.
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8 Things We Love About Field Day-Experimentation. Post #1529.

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This video is part 5 of an 8 part series on the ARRL Field Day from DXEngineering.  In this video, Cory Gibson (W3GDG) describes how equipment and antenna experimentation enhance the Field Day experience.  According to what I've read, there have been several fascinating ways to launch and support Field Day antennas, including balloons and drones.  This video offers a few workable solutions to common Field Day antenna and equipment issues.

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

http://www.Hawaii ARRL.info.
http://www.arrl.org.
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news (a weekly podcast which is updated each Friday afternoon).
https://hamradiohawaii.wordpress.com.
https://bigislandarrlnews.com.
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8 Things We Love About Field Day, Part 4 of 8, Post #1528.

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DXEngineering continues its series of videos on the topic of ARRL Field Day. In part 4 of this 8 part program, Dave Fairbanks (N8NB) and Rod Ehrhart (KS8U) discuss the aspect of friendly competition.  Although Field Day is not designed as a contest, it exhibits some of the behavior common to competitive events.  Whether you consider Field Day to be a contest or a communications exercise, please participate with your local ham radio club or on your own.  At the very least, Field Day will sharpen your operating skills--something you'll need in an emergency situation.

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

http://www.HawaiiARRL.info.
http://www.arrl.org.
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news (a weekly podcast which is updated each Friday afternoon).
https://hamradiohawaii.wordpress.com.
https://bigislandarr…