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True Ladder Line and Wire Antennas

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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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Helping Others Less Fortunate Than Ourselves

I just finished responding to an email from a customer that thanked me for providing a work environment for some people that have learning and physical disabilities. I thought it would make a nice, short blog post to share with you. The clients that build the ladder line, antennas and pack & ship everything for [...]

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Antenna and wire strength concerns

From time to time, I receive an email concerning the strength of the antenna wire and why we use 16ga wire. There is one post on eHam by a ham that obviously didn't do a very good install and complained about the strength of the wire. As the saying goes, "one bad apple...." When there [...]

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ARRL & QST present "The Doctor Is In" podcast on Open Wire Feed Line

The May podcast of ARRL & QST "The Doctor Is In" is now posted on Apple iTunes.Steve Ford, WB8IMY and Joel Hallas, W1ZR, discuss the virtues of 600 ohm open wire line or true ladder line -vs- the 450 ohm window line. Listen to the roughly 20 minute podcast to gain a bit of knowledge [...]

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Vermont Hamfest Ham-Con 2016 Joel Hallas W1ZR Multi-Band Antenna Video

I'll write more when I have a chance. Joel Hallas, W1ZR, put on a one hour forum on multi-band wire antennas.This took place at our Ham-Con flea market in South Burlington, Vermont on February 27th, 2016.

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Make your own Ladder Line with Ladder Snap Kit Spreaders or Purchase Ready Made?

If you price out a 73CNC 100' spreader kit, it's $29.99 plus $6.85 shipping for a total of about $37.Purchase 200' #14 THHN by the foot for about $.25/ft will be $50, plus tax, depending upon your state.The total is about $87 to $90. Then you have the assembly time and the fun of spraying [...]

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Which One Makes Sense? G5RV, Cobra Ultralight or W7FG True Ladder Line All Band Doublet

I get asked this question all the time, especially at ham fests that I attend. Last night I presented a talk at one of our local club meetings about ladder line and open wire doublets.Guess what? Many of the newly licensed General’s had G5RV’s and one had a Cobra Ultralight. A couple of hams bought a ready-made, [...]

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