Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--The K2MIJ 30 meter "Limbo Stick" antenna


If you're having difficulty in viewing this video, please insert this title link into your browser search box: https://youtu.be/L3coh5JXZ0A. This is post #961 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas.  The 30 meter amateur radio band (10.100 MHz to 10.150 MHz) is a fascinating slice of the radio spectrum. The band is restricted to digital (including cw) signals only, so you won't find powerful SSB or AM signals disrupting your operations.  The band is usable during the day and night.  In this post from K2MIJ, we see how a most unusual and "stealthy" antenna can get you on the 30 meter band without nosey neighbors or HOA/CC&R enforcers restricting your on-air activities.  The antenna is fairly simple, with most of the work being done by a coil made from #26-24 gauge (AWG) wire wrapped around a 2 inch/5.08 cm diameter PVC pipe, some "limbo sticks", and a "halo" radiator made from #10 gauge (AWG) wire.  K2MIJ has had some excellent contacts using only low power from his QTH.  While a full-sized dipole or vertical antenna would be preferable, this 9 inch/22.86 cm tall top loaded miniature vertical can get you on the air quietly and effectively.
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