Saturday, February 13, 2016

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--Rat Tails and Counterpoise adapters for VHF Rubber Duck Antennas


If you're having trouble viewing this video, please insert this title link into your browser search box: https://youtu.be/3-JqK7w_1d8. If you're disappointed in the performance of the stock antenna that came with your HT, then this video is for you. Most "rubber duckie" antennas that come with HTs offer only marginal performance.  A way to boost the efficiency and range of that stock antenna is to attach a "Rat Tail"/"Tiger Tail" counterpoise to your HT's antenna connection. The "Rat Tail" becomes a "virtual ground plane" which enhances performance and could extend your HTs range by 30 to 40 percent. This video shows you how to make a VHF counterpoise for your HT out of common materials that can be found in your "junk box" or at the nearest hardware store.  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 email subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed. Thanks for joining us today! Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).  This is post #688.