Friday, April 10, 2015

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--Rattail Antenna Booster & Emergency Communication. Post #407


Nice video by inventor Ian Soutar on the "Rattail Antenna Booster & Emergency Communication." Soutar claims the small pocket-sized device will double the range of your 2 meter VHF handheld transceiver. Soutar says the Booster "makes a capacitive coupling to the radio that has a low resistance." The device shares certain characteristics with what some Amateur Radio operators call a "Tiger Tail Antenna." This type of antenna is a quarter wavelength wire cut for 2 meters and attached at the base of the stock "Rubber Duckie" antenna that came with your HT. The "Tiger Tail" supplies the missing half of the vertical antenna and makes the stock antenna more efficient. The "Rattail Antenna Booster" works in a similar fashion. The "Rattail Antenna Booster" was invented by Ian Soutar, Ed Haslam, Barbara Soutar, and Jim Rawlings of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The cost of the "Rattail Antenna Booster" is around $35.00. For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily. You can follow our blog community with a free e-mail subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed. Thanks for joining us today! Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).