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VSWR Explanation, just for fun!

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A bunch of us hams get together on Friday nights to work on various projects and when boredom sets in, we often search YouTube for some fun videos. This one never fails to bring lots of laughter. Enjoy!

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May 9th Snow In Vermont

This is a photo I took of my 10-160 meter doublet on the morning of May 9, 2017. At our elevation in the mountains, we tend to get snow when the valley's are left untouched.The auto tuner didn't seem to mind one bit and I was on 80M for part of the morning, chatting with [...]

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All Baluns Are NOT Created Equal

Many of my customers call me after they've attempted to setup their complete True Ladder Line antenna system and report problems with the tuning. This can be pretty frustrating as well as easily solved, in most situations.Many times, the balun being utilized is just not up to the task demanded of it. I hear this [...]

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Don't I Need a 12:1 Balun to Convert 600Ω to 50Ω?

I get that question quite often and it's pretty difficult for many hams to try to comprehend the use of a non-resonant antenna system. All we are conditioned to think about is 50 ohm cable, a matched, resonant antenna and attempting to tune for that perfect 1:1 SWR. Here's just a copy/paste response to an [...]

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Using the True Ladder Line Doublet for Florida Winter Field Day February 2017

I am a member of BARS (Beaches Amateur Radio Society) here in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. My wife and I are here for the winter. The club holds their own "winter" field day and ours was on Saturday, February 4th. We operated at a shooting range and lodge for the Fraternal Order of Police. A wonderful [...]

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Keeping the mis-named "Ladder Line" terminology alive in December CQ Magazine.

Author R. Scott Rought, KA8SMA has an article in the December issue of QST.The title of the article is "IMPROVING QRP STATION EFFICIENCY", "The Wonders of Ladder Line. The only problem is, there's no ladder line pictured in the article!I see some of the old-fashioned twinlead as well as 450 ohm WINDOW LINE. I have [...]

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Proper Tension For Dipole Installation & Using a Counterweight System

How much tension should I tighten the flat top to? In other words, "should I really tighten up the ends as much as possible?" The answer is "NO"! I occasionally have a customer that will email or call and tell me that the antenna has failed and the wire has broken near the center feedpoint. This is not [...]

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WB2JIX Gives Ladder Line Presentation at Falmouth Amateur Radio Assoc. Meeting

WOW! What a well-attended club meeting and wonderful people. My wife & I took a trip to Falmouth as a three day weekend and really enjoyed ourselves. We estimated 60-75 members in attendance. The presentation has been expanded a bit from the one I initially created for the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) club [...]

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WB2JIX Will Be Speaking at Boxboro ARRL New England Convention

Come visit us at the ARRL Boxboro Convention on the weekend of September 9, 10 & 11 at the Holiday Inn Boxboro Woods.I will join Steve Kercel, AA4AK & Jacques Audet,  VE2AZX at 10:00AM on September 11th in the Forum Room.Link to Convention site

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Proper Ladder Feedline Splicing

I'm sure there are dozens of ways to do this however, this is what I've done for years and decided to post a few pic's for people that ask how it's done.When I have to add feedline back in for tuning purposes, I strip each end, apply a little flux, twist the pair and solder [...]

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