Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--How To Tune A 10 Meter Dipole. Post #452.


Excellent antenna tuning tutorial from Randy Hall (K7AGE). Although the information is directed to Technician Class Licensees, the general theory behind building dipole antennas can be applied to any Amateur Radio Band or License Class. Technician Class License holders can use a wide swath of 10 meters for CW, digital, and phone operations. The SSB phone segment between 28.300 MHz and 28.500 MHz is especially useful for those beginning  their ham radio  experience and license progression. When 10 meters "is in", world wide communication on 10 meters with simple antennas is common place. Randy discusses how to design, build, and erect a simple 10 meter dipole, which will give you hours of DX and local contacts at minimum cost. The math is simple and the instructions are clear. Once you design and build your 10 meter dipole, just attach a convenient length of 50 ohm coaxial cable (such as RG-58, RG-8X, or RG-8) as your feed line and get the antenna as high as possible. You can use the antenna as an inverted Vee or sloping dipole if space is a problem. You can keep the SWR low by using an ATU (antenna tuning unit) with your transceiver. Good luck and have fun! 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).