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An interesting, new Fan Dipole Technique

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gzhJFNHcJ0 This is post 2700 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. If you have limited space for your HF antenna, you may want to check this design for a Fan Dipole from Dave Casler (KE0OG). Here are some comments from Dave: Al Vadnais, KI5LBY, has thought up a new way to set up and position a fan dipole. Dave will provide some insight and suggestions to this interesting Technique. Subscribe: https://youtube.com/user/davecasler . Ask Dave Playlist: https://goo.gl/inaQeB . Tip Jar: http://ke0og.net/tip-jar Edited by Callum Jakeman. To learn more about me, visit: http://www.dcasler.com/about/ Tip jar (on my website): http://www.dcasler.com/tip-jar/ (provides a method to use your credit card via PayPal, Also describes Patreon) To pose an Ask Dave question: http://www.dcasler.com/ask-dave/ or http://www.ke0og.net/ask-dave/ To order the most rece

DIY 4:1 Balun Build for Ham Radio Antennas

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0O54p_otOY This is post 2699 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. Here's a useful accessory that will enable you to use balanced feed line with a variety of antenna configurations.  "TheSmokinApe" does a good job of taking us through the entire design and construction process. Here are some comments from "TheSmokinApe": Lid Tips - DIY 4:1 Balun Build - TheSmokinApe In this Lid Tips video we build a DIY 4:1 Balun that can be used in various Ham Radio Antenna projects, we will also test it with a NanoVNA. We use two ft140-43 toroids to build the balun. Please leave any questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations below and I will do my best to respond. Please consider supporting TheSmokinApe Channel on Patreon Here: https://www.patreon.com/TheSmokinApe Links to products in the video: https://www.amazon.com/shop/Th

How To Make Your Own Ham Radio Radial Plate

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2-buW-gkbQ This is post 2698 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. Thanks to Colin (MM0OPX) for this useful, labor-saving project for installing ground radials.  Although ground radial plates can be found online, you may want to make one with locally available materials. Here are some comments from Colin: I needed another 2 Radial Plates for my portable antenna farm so decided to make a video of how I make them. Bit of a marathon video but hopefully it can help someone. Click on the link below to download the Radial Plate drilling pattern in PDF format. https://adjustiwave.files.wordpress.c... ----- Thanks for joining us today. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).  

Ham Radio: Simple Fan Dipole Antenna

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tNYKuBJrAY This is post 2697 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. If you need a simple, inexpensive, and highly portable HF antenna for both home and field use, please consider this basic fan dipole antenna from Tim (G5TM). Most of the materials for this versatile HF antenna can be found in your "junk box" or at your neighborhood hardware store. Here are some general comments from Tim: Using scrap 300 ohm ladderline to make a 17 and 10 metre fan dipole. Great for portable work too. Other great channels: https://www.youtube.com/ianxfs https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-7p... https://www.youtube.com/c/radioprepper https://www.youtube.com/techmindsoffi... http://www.hamradiovlog.co.uk/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfzT... https://www.youtube.com/user/M0RSF/vi... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtX8... https://www.youtube.com/ch

9:1 UnUn Antenna and Counterpoise for Ham Radio

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7vaXcaeVgM This is post 2696 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. Thanks to "TheSmokinApe" for this 9:1 UnUn project for random length end fed antennas. Here are some general comments from the author: In this video, we 9:1 End Fed Random Wire Antennas and the use of a counterpoise. Check out TheSmokinApe Merch Shop: shop.spreadshirt.com/thesmokinape Please consider supporting TheSmokinApe Channel on Patreon Here: https://www.patreon.com/TheSmokinApe Links from the video: http://www.earchi.org/92011endfedfile... https://www.hamuniverse.com/randomwir... https://palomar-engineers.com/ferrite... Links to products in the video: https://www.amazon.com/shop/TheSmokinApe As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Check out my Antenna Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... Check out my NanoVNA Playlist: htt

A 2 meter slim jim from window line

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hG7dva9VIs This is post 2605 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. If you need a simple, inexpensive, and totally portable 2 meter antenna, then this "Slim Jim" project from Kevin Loughin (KB9RLW) may interest you.  Al you need are some television twin lead (i.e. "window line") and a few basic tools to compete the antenna. Here are a few comments from Kevin: Details on the slim jim I just made to use outside on my RV. Super easy to make, performs well. Link to design web site: http://www.m0pzt.com/slimjim/ Link to discussion on slim jim vs J-pole: https://www.hamradio.me/antennas/slim... If you like my videos, please subscribe here: http://www.youtube.com/user/loughkb?s... If you want me to keep making more videos like this, consider becoming my patron at Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/kb9rlw/ Discuss this and other vi

3 Easy Multi-Band HF Antennas You Can Build

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGctGaY0Cbk If you need an easy-to-build, inexpensive multi-band HF antenna for your home station, then this excellent program from Callum McCormick (M0MCX) is for you. In this well-paced tutorial, Callum explores the pros and cons of loops, verticals, and dipoles for the radio amateur.  Most of these antennas can be made with locally available materials. ----- Thanks for joining us today. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).  

How to Splice Twinlead

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j46WbgBu6ZI This is post 2693 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. Thanks to Stan Gibilisco (W1GV) for this simple method of splicing twin lead for your antenna system. As Stan says, "Two twists splices do the job."  A fast, accurate, and easy way to repair broken twin lead. ----- Thanks for joining us today. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).  

My second HF antenna-A stealth end fed wire for 80-10 meters

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMchB-bML98 This is post 2692 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. If you live in a deed-restricted home, condo, or apartment, you may find this "stealth" antenna design from Kevin Loughin (KB9RLW) an easy way to get on the air without being noticed. Here are some comments from Kevin: I needed a second antenna for experiments and dual monitoring. Decided to try a stealth design. If you like my videos, please subscribe here: http://www.youtube.com/user/loughkb?s... If you want me to keep making more videos like this, consider becoming my patron at Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/kb9rlw/ Discuss this and other videos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kb9rlw/ Hit me up on the echolink repeater down by my house: W9TE (Node: 519521) ----- Thanks for joining us today. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).  

Low budget easy to build 20 meter antenna

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfhrMqZAlmg This is post 2691 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. Thanks to Dennis (VE3BF) for this ultra-simple, inexpensive 20 meter vertical antenna.  This antenna can be used at your home station or in the "field" for portable operations. Here are some general comments from Dennis: Build an easy and inexpensive portable antenna for 20 meters and other bands. Parts used: 8 foot fence rail for the mast TV antenna roof tripod 1/2 or 3/4 inch diameter galvanized conduit pipe 6 x 9 inch cedar board 4 pipe sadle clamps 2 hose clamps 1 stainless steel 108 inch whip LDG RU-4:1 Unun 75 feet of 14 gauge wire 50 ohm coax Antenna calculator http://www.66pacific.com/calculators/ Thanks for joining us today. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).  

Build a 20 meter Dipole Antenna

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TyoTmpaHG4 This is post 2690 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. Thanks to Jerry Davis for this excellent tutorial on building a basic 20 meter dipole antenna.  This project is inexpensive and suitable for both home and portable use. Here are some comments from Jerry: Build a 20 meter dipole for $17.00 in just 1 hour ----- Thanks for joining us today. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).  

RF safety issues with pedestrian-mobile antenna

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh0YmQVa6d8 Going "pedestrian-mobile" is a great way to combine amateur radio with physical fitness. But, like many aspects of amateur radio, safety issues remain a key concern once you leave the relative safety of your home station In this video from Dave Casler (KE0OG), we see some of the advantages and drawbacks of "pedestrian-mobile" antennas. Here are some comment from Dave: What a mouthful of a title! But it is the best to explain this question from a Troy Ball, KK0TLB. Watch to learn more. Subscribe: https://youtube.com/user/davecasler . Ask Dave Playlist: https://goo.gl/inaQeB . Tip Jar: http://ke0og.net/tip-jar Edited by Callum Jakeman To learn more about me, visit: http://www.dcasler.com/about/ Tip jar (on my website): http://www.dcasler.com/tip-jar/ (provides a method to use your credit card via PayPal, Also describes Patreon) T