Ham Radio: Portable Antennas on Saddleworth Moor.

1st outing on the moor as an Intermediate licence holder, trying out a couple of different portable antennas.

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Nice video from a new intermediate license holder in the UK.  He tries a variety of portable antennas on a brief trip to the moors.  Lots of valuable antenna dos and don’ts in this video.  Part of the fun in amateur radio is experimenting with antennas.  Each time we build an antenna, we learn something.  Good video.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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An Arrow for the Quiver of Municipalities and Neighbors Opposing Amateur Radio Tower Antennas | Land Use and Zoning

RT @TonyVerwey: Have a neighbor applying for an outsized and excessive amateur radio tower antenna? http://t.co/ONVWq7Vy1q

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The antenna height issue rolls on.  Here’s a statement from a prominent law firm that is offering local governments a way of fighting amateur radio operators who “seek to install not just an antenna, but a tower antenna of 100 feet or more in height…this is cause for concern and frustration for municipalities and neighbors in higher density suburban settings.”  This law firm has found a way to use the limited FCC PRB-1 preemption rule against amateur radio operators, who erect “outsized and excessive antenna towers.”  The only people who will benefit from the continuing debate will be attorneys prosecuting amateur radio operators.  Despite some antenna tower victories in California and other states, amateur radio antennas are still the target of people who consider towers a nuisance and a detriment to local real estate values. Perhaps, it’s time to go into “stealth mode” and think of more creative ways to avoid HOAs and CC&Rs.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Antenna Topics: Simple Ham Radio Antennas. The Open-Wire Dipole (Doublet). Post #293

Open-Wire Dipole Antenna (Doublet). (Simple Ham Radio Antennas. The Open-Wire Dipole (Doublet).

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Here’s the latest article from my Amateur Radio Antenna Topics Blog (http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com).  This time, I build a simple open-wire dipole or doublet fed by 450 ohm ladder line.  This antenna replaces the one destroyed by Tropical Storm Iselle on 07-08 August 2014.  I have several antenna replacement projects in progress, thanks to the storm.  I’ll keep you posted.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Antenna Topics: Simple Ham Radio Antennas: Antenna Basics. Post #291

Basic Antenna Rules. (Simple Ham Radio Antennas: Antenna Basics. Post #291 http://t.co/yxgxQDca3T #basicantennarules #dipoleantenna)

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This post stemmed from an antenna discussion I had with Dean Manley (KH6B) this past Thursday over breakfast at a Hilo fast food restaurant.  Dean gave me an article from James R. Duffey (KK6MC/5) about “Some Rules of Thumb for Beginners” who want to design and construct their own antennas.  I found the article informative, often humorous, and extremely helpful in resolving some nagging antenna issues.  Aloha de Russ KH6JRM).

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NVIS Loop Antenna Made Simple.


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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