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Building a cheap, portable, vertical antenna

If you can't see the video, please insert this title URL into your browser search box: This is post 2371 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas. Thanks to Adrian (EI9HAB) for this simple 20 meter antenna project. Costs are listed at the end of the video.  This antenna can be used on other Amateur/Ham Radio bands with an ATU (antenna tuning unit). ----- For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please visit these sites: (breaking Amateur/Ham Radio News). Thanks for joining us today. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).  

Simple Ham Radio Antennas: Ham Radio 10 Meter Ground Plane Antenna. Post #366

A nice weekend construction project from Dave Tadlock (KD0ZZ).The 10 meter band is one of my favorite hangouts. You never know when propagation will smile on you and reward you with a nice DX contact. Although Dave's antenna is not a "ground plane" antenna in the purist sense (a ground plane is always elevated to decouple the radials from the actual ground and, thereby, reduce ground loses), the antenna is well designed and will give you many hours of fun on a band which exhibits both HF and VHF characteristics. You could also modify a standard CB (11 meter) stainless steel whip (102 inches/259.08 cm), add four elevated radials, and raise the bottom of the whip to a height of 16 to 20-feet/4.87-6.09 meters above ground level. Good results can be obtained with Dave's or my somewhat cruder project. The idea is to build your own antenna and experiment. Have fun! For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds a

Simple Ham Radio Antennas: Antenna Basics. Post #291

One of the joys of being semi-retired, is the ability to attend a few more face-to-face meetings with your amateur radio friends.  Such was the case today, Thursday, 28 August 2014. My xyl had a substitute teaching assignment today, while I didn't.  That gave me some time to go shopping, do the laundry, take care of a few commercials for this weekend's Labor Day Drag Races (I'm the tower announcer and report back to several Hilo radio stations with race results), and meet up with a few ham friends who gather daily at the Hilo Jack In The Box Restaurant. The meetings are quite informal, with most of the discussion centered around antennas, homebrew projects, and various communications issues.  Despite having 37 years of amateur radio experience "under my belt," I always find something new and interesting at these meetings. One of the things that has always bothered me is the amount of misunderstanding surrounding antennas, both homebrewed and commercial.  It