Simple Ham Radio Antennas: The Multiband HF Stealth Vertical.


https:www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk8XD7BP1U.

http://www.tonymilluzzi.com/2013/10/my-multiband-wire-vertical-antenna.html.

I ran across this article by Tony Milluzzi (KD8RTT) while I was searching for some stealth antenna ideas for my “antenna farm” at my new QTH in the Puna District of Hawaii Island.  Most of my wire antennas were “rearranged” by Tropical Storm Iselle on 07-08 August 2014.  Although the house survived intact, the antennas strung between several trees “bit the dust.”  So, I’m rebuilding the antenna site with wire recovered from the storm. What Tony has to offer is an excellent way to rig a 40, 20, and 10 meter stealth vertical using a sturdy tree as the antenna support.  With 16 buried radials and suitable 50 ohm coax, which is also buried, Tony has an antenna that can’t be seen in his HOA-restricted housing area.  He found this stealth antenna performed much better than the antenna mounted in his attic.  When I was fist licensed as a novice operator in 1977, one of my first antennas was exactly like this, the only exception being the coconut tree serving as the “mast.”  Like Tony, I was surprised just how well the antenna worked.  I used this arrangement for several months until I acquired a used Drake MN-4 antenna transmatch to smooth out the small amount of SWR found in my system.  I still have the old Drake MN-4.  A suitable Norfolk Pine Tree is located about 60 feet/18.29 meters from the shack. It appears Tony’s antenna will be resurrected near a rainforest in the Puna District.  I’ll keep you posted.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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TRIAD, FAIRS sponsoring program on Amateur Radio – Southwest Virginia Today


TRIAD, FAIRS sponsoring program on Amateur Radio
Southwest Virginia Today
TRIAD in partnership with FAIRS (Foundation for Amateur Intl. Radio Service, Ltd.) will sponsor a program on August 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Source: www.swvatoday.com

Another great way to publicize your amateur radio club’s activities.  Local news outlets, in this case Virginia‘s “swvatoday.com”, did an excellent job of highlighting  a community meeting about Amateur Radio and its contributions to the local community.  Perhaps, your club could do a live interview on a local radio station or submit an article to a local newspaper. Positive publicity such as this will enrich the hobby and inform communities about what we do as amateur radio operators.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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EMF 2014: It Takes an Amateur Radio Village – ARRL


EMF 2014: It Takes an Amateur Radio Village
ARRL
Special event station GB2EMF will operate from the Amateur Radio Village. Campers’ identification tags consist of a “fun piece of technology” that attendees can take home and use following the event.

Source: www.arrl.org

If you’ll be in the UK during the last week of August, you may want to check out “EMF 2014″.  The ARRL calls “EMF 2014″ a “festival for anyone interested in radio, electronics, space, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, 3D Printing, DIYBio, Internet Culture, or pretty much anything else you can think of.”  The event will feature an Amateur Radio Village and special event station GB2EMF.  The “EMF 2014″ event will be held just south of Bletchley, UK, Friday through Sunday, 29-31 August 2014.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur radio club needs your help – Southgate Amateur Radio Club


Amateur radio club needs your help
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
I’m a member of the Farnborough Society FDRS. We are trying to find a past member who moved and holds one of the clubs calls.

Source: www.southgatearc.org

The Farnborough Society FDRS needs your help in locating a past member who left the area and held one of the club’s call signs.  Bob (G0YYY) would like to find Paul Leach (G4UEG), who was active through 1985.  If you have any RSGB call books covering the period 1985-1993, please email Bob at g0yyy.radio@gmail.com.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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NAB Sues FCC Over Incentive Auction


 

The National Association of Broadcasters filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday, challenging the FCC‘s decision to change the methodology used to predict local television coverage areas for the incentive auction.

 

Why This Matters: NAB argued that the auction framework “violates the Spectrum Act, is arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion under the Administrative Procedure Act.” The association argued that the FCC’s proposal could result in significant viewership loss.

Thanks to reporter Dave Hall for this fascinating article.  I often wondered when the FCC frequency auction process would affect those who control broadcast media…now I know.  Now that the broadcast media giants are threatened by the new FCC “incentive auction process”, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has taken notice and has filed suit to stop the plan.The NAB contends the new auction protocol “violates The Spectrum Act, is arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion under the Administrative Procedure Act.”  Perhaps, amateur radio operators and public service personnel can find an ally in our more powerful and financially stable commercial media friends.  Broadcasters are springing into action, now that their advertising and viewer numbers are threatened by the auction process.  Strange bedfellows, indeed.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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NVIS Loop Antenna Made Simple.


http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL58E9802D88B44EI.

I found this 3-part video while I was searching for NVIS (near vertical incident skywave) antenna ideas.  The videos are part of the 2011 IDEX Military Show at the Stealth Telecom booth.  The antenna is a tunable magnetic loop that can be mounted on a vehicle roof.  Stealth Telecom designed this NVIS antenna for the military.  The claimed range is between 300 to 500 miles.  Although no price was given, it could be quite expensive, given the requirements spelled out by the military.  It would be nice to have one of these antennas for emergency use.  Oh, well, it’s back to low-elevation dipoles and full-wavelength loops for my new NVIS antenna.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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QRZCQ Premium is now available.


Beta version available to licensed amateur radio operators.

Source:  http://www.eham.net/articles/32988.

 

Gregor (D05SSB) and Daniel (D07FOX) are now offering a beta version update of the popular QRZCQ program.  The new version has expanded features and easy integration into many operating platforms.  Contact Gregor or Daniel —  http://www.QRZCQ.com.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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