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This is a simple wire yagi that I have just installed for 20m. It was tested in the 06 ARRL DX contest and was kinda overwhelming. Very simple to make and not so simple to install in the trees!

Further testing with Eznec could improve the side lobes and the F/B ratio, however I was mainly interested in forward gain for contest.

Physical configuration up 65 feet. Note the rope between the two half wave reflectors.

Home brew (obviously!) antenna switching for 80m dipole and 20m EDZ yagi.

 

Eznec plot of 2 el 20m EDZ wire yagi. Note both beamwidth and gain.

 

    My ham shack in Vienna, Va.   Omni  6, IC-781,Titan 425, Johnson KW Match Box, YPlog, and lots of bugs!

W9FCX at W4BQF QTH

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COAX vs OPEN WIRE FEEDERS?

If you want to convince yourself which feedline is best to use with your antenna's, please take the time to read this article by L.B. Cebik.

12 Ways to See and Love your Feedline 

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ICOM IC-781

Floyd Sense, K8AC has documented a very detailed instruction on how to repair the IC-781 shunt voltage regulator, a common failure point in unmodified IC-781 transceivers. Well written and good photo's of the entire process.

Refurbishing the Icom IC-781 Regulator Unit 

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Mr. Ted Newport - K5LGJ

The best 86 yr old QRQ operator you will ever hear! Besides that, he's almost a good guy!

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KC4BEB - W9FCX - W5UX

Tim         Lyle           Bob