Monday, July 2, 2018
I sold a scanner and picked up an Ameritron RS8V Remote Coax Switch which makes my wife a happy person by not having 4 or 5 holes in the wall!
Thursday, April 5, 2018
This is a link to the pdf that will provide all the info you need to make your own fun, effective and afforable end fed that is easily tuned. Roll it up and take it with you for portable operation or up and down for the dreaded deed restrictions from your HOA.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Saturday, September 2, 2017
I dumped my HF gear and put the money into a TD-D710AG, refreshed the Peet Bros. 2100. It had been out of commission since 2011 when a strangely mean neighbor sawed down my mast on a Thursday morning and gave it to the curbside for trash pickup that day. We had moved, I had not disassembled the mast and had returned to do finish the move on that Friday. Gone!
So today, 9/2/2017, KI4FH has sent its first packet of weather data. I am not able to replace the anemometer yet but upon selling off some more hf stuff, I will. For now it is the basics.
It is good to be back.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Gone will be the RG213 and RG 58 strewn about. Relieved they will be of the "Honey can you hold the end of the wire?" "Keep it tight" I have been promising all week that the mess in the house will be taken care of tonight. I have been saying that all week, each afternoon.
So now I am putting it together. I will be solo this FD. On Siesta Key Beach! The Number 1 Beach in America according to Trip Advisor.
I have scoped out a spot. The county folks were friendly but stopped just short of giving me a permit to operate the full 27 hours.
So if you want a QSO from a QRP operator at the Number 1 Beach in America, look for KI4FH - KI4 Florida Hotel on 20 and 15 at day and 40 at night. I will be on the QRP voice and QRP CW sections.
73 - Whooppeee!
Saturday, September 10, 2016
So I have played around with several iterations of center feed insulators. All homebrew using Sched 40 PVC. I have also hidden a #73 Bead Choke Balun inside a PVC tube but the weight is too much for the occasional torrential summertime Florida storm. I now incorporate a waterproof taped piece of Coax with 50 #73 torrid beads on the cable. This is working out excellently although it is ugly. To lower stress point issues on my 8X center conductor and braid, I have them fed into a straight through PVC cap to an SO-239.
I prefer the bead balun when the number of turns of cable to effect the same result would cause a lot of weight at the center. On the 20 meter antenna, the turns are about 6 with a 4 1/2" air core The cable is strapped together with UV resistant ties. This works great.
To round things out, I purchased a Budwig Center Insulator from WizeSupplize and am now experimenting with that as opposed to one of my waterproof home brew centers.
It seems pretty tight!
So, that is it for now.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
- 40 Meters 7.150 1.6:1
- 20 Meters 14.150 1.4:1
- 15 Meters 21.160 1:1
- 10 Meters 28.5 1:1
Here are some pics. Radials are buried about 1" down to keep from getting chewed up by the mower.
Check my log on the Activity page to see how it is performing from Sarasota, Florida.
|Full setup. Off to the upper left is the feedline for my|
G5RV Jr. A great antenna.
|Not perfect all around but very effective. Lengths vary due to|
obstacles etc. Longest ones are 34+ feet and shortest about 16.
|I liked the view!|