Ham Radio 40/80/160 Meter Inverted V Dipole Antenna.

Excellent, easy to follow tutorial from Dave Tadlock. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLhNUmolKKY).

Now that I finally have a decent backyard at my new QTH, I think I’ll try this simple coil loaded inverted v dipole antenna…160 meters has always eluded me because of space limitations.  It’s time to unpack the soldering gun and get this antenna in the air.  Nice video.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Your First HF Dipole–an essay by Phillip Chambley (K4DPK).

Source:  http://www.eham.net/articles/32277, dated 23 July 2014. Originally published on 16 June 2010.

On Wednesday, 23 July 2014, I ran across this intriguing, well-written article on HF dipole antennas from Phillip Chambley (K4DPK).  Chambley expressed so well what I’ve been trying to say in various antenna articles published in my Amateur Radio Antenna Blog (http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com).  In a few simple paragraphs, Chambley explains how dipoles work, how to design and build them, and what kind of feedlines should be used to get the most efficiency out of your homebrew dipole.  He also covers coax connectors, center insulators, support structures, weather proofing, preferred wire types, and basic safety procedures.  A very nice, understandable essay suitable for any class of amateur radio operator.  I’m in agreement with Lew Giovannetti (KB2DHG), who said, “When it comes to simple cheap and effective antennas, you can’t beat a dipole.”  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969 Amateur … – ARRL

ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969 Amateur …
How can Amateur Radio thrive, if more and more Americans cannot have reasonable antennas at home?

Source: www.arrl.org

ARRL President Kay Craigie (N3KN) has made a video appeal to all amateur radio operators in the United States to support the bi-partisan HR4969, which would require the FCC to extend coverage of PRB-1 to restrictive housing and property covenants, such as HOAs and CC&Rs.  Currently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

The Olympics of ham radio – The Boston Globe

In July, top amateur radio operators from all over the globe convened in Westborough for the World Radiosport Team Championship. It’s the Olympics of ham radio, held once every four years, and participants take it very seriously.

Source: www.bostonglobe.com

An excellent follow up story on the recently concluded 2014 World Radiosport Team  Championships held in a dozen locations in Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  The article does a good job of describing the tension, excitement, and occasional frustrations encountered by the 59 international teams participating in the contest.  The next WRTC will be held in four years.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

For These Vets, Amateur Radio Remains Alive – Wall Street Journal (blog)

Wall Street Journal (blog) For These Vets, Amateur Radio Remains Alive Wall Street Journal (blog) Satellites killed the military radio star operator long ago, but military veterans keep the art alive in competitions testing their ability to bounce…

Source: blogs.wsj.com

Despite some comments about the “antiquated communications systems” used by amateur radio operators, this “Wall Street Journal” article about the World Radiosport Championship and the veterans participating in the international contest is well-written and does a pretty good job of explaining how knowledge of the “electromagnetic spectrum” enables hams to communicate with fellow operators across the globe.  The tone of the article is positive and brings a human touch to the event.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Dutch amateur radio operators will lose significant portions of the 13 cm (2300 MHz) band.

Process already underway in the UK and France.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org.


According to the Southgate Amateur Radio Club, Dutch hams will lose most of their access to the 13 cm (2300 MHz) band.  This band has been a prime target for expanding broadband, mobile, and cellphone services.  Amateur radio operators in the UK and France are experiencing similar restrictions.  Expect to see a similar pattern in the United States, as broadband services demand more spectrum for their products.  Although I may be wrong, I foresee much of the rf spectrum above 450 MHz gradually being transferred to commercial interests.  For now, the FCC has allowed amateur radio operators to remain in the  902 MHz band, a band jammed full of medical, commercial, scientific, and military users.  The future of amateur radio may lie in HF and VLF areas.  Presently, there is a lot of experimenting taking place in the 630 meter band (472-477 kHz), where the FCC has set aside a small sliver of spectrum for amateur radio use.  The old saying “use it or lose it” is coming true.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Radio operators ‘vital’ to emergency response – WTSP 10 News

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Radio operators ‘vital’ to emergency response WTSP 10 News Amateur HAM radio operators like Sochon and club vice president Bob Goldberg are Sun City Center’s last resort for communication if cell phone networks and power are cut off this storm…

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Excellent article from WTSP-TV 10 Tampa Bay-Sarasota reporter Mark Rivera on the role of amateur radio operators in providing emergency communications backup for civil defense officials in the state of Florida.  I hope Rivera’s interview with Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club President Rick Sochon opens some eyes, especially those who think hams are rank “amateurs” when it comes to natural disasters.  Rick Sochon sums it up fairly well:  “These people (amateur radio operators) are trained professionals, they’ve taken FEMA training, they’ve taken electronic training, they hold licenses with the FCC.”  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

See on www.wtsp.com

Philadelphia area Ham Radio operators celebrate July 4th holiday with 13 Colonies Special Event | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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Amateur radio stations operating from the 13 original U.S.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

This sounds like a fun event.  The operating schedule runs from 01 to 06 July and allows amateur radio operators around the world to learn about the original 13 colonies and the city where Independence was born (Philadelphia).  The theme for the historic event will be “Colonial Currency.”  Each of the original 13 colonies will be represented by a special callsign block, K2A-K2M.  The Philadelpha group will use the call WM3PEN and will issue a special QSL card featuring the First Bank of the United States.  Selected cities from the original 13 colonies will also issue special QSL cards.  For details, visit http://www.13colonies.info.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

See on www.southgatearc.org

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Connecticut Ham Uses Radio to Help Rescue Young Canoeist

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The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

You never know when that HT you have strapped to your belt will come in handy.  On 04 May 2014, amateur radio operator Keith Mutch (KB1RBI) used his HT to notify the U.S. Coast Guard of a girl and dog in distress in rough water.   Thanks to Mutch and his HT, the Coast Guard diverted a passenger ferry to rescue the girl after her canoe capsized in rough water and high winds.  The dog swam to shore, where Mutch reunited the girl with her pet.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

See on www.arrl.org

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Planes, Amateur Radio Operators Help Marathon Officials – WBAY

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Planes, Amateur Radio Operators Help Marathon Officials
“We have approximately 50 communications operators that are going to be operating at all the various medical stations across the course,” says Kyle Schaefer, an amateur radio operator.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

An excellent, positive article by Green Bay, Wisconsin TV station WBAY-2.  This is the sort of proactive publicity that Amateur Radio needs.  Over 50 amateur radio operators from 15 Wisconsin counties are joining the Civil Air Patrol Squadron at Lambeau Field to provide both aerial and ground coverage of the annual Cellcom Green Bay Marathon–a race that attracts more than 14,000 runners.  The race starts Saturday, 17 May 2014, and amateur radio operators and Civil Air Patrol volunteers are ready to provide communications for the race.  Civil Air Patrol Captain Joe Williams says his aircraft will search for traffic jams or vehicle problems that could impede runners and “communicate problems to amateur radio operators on the ground.”  This sounds like a “win-win” for everyone.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

See on www.wbay.com

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