Applied Amateur Radio Technology

The 2M Ladder Line Antenna is similar to the J-Pole with increased RF energy at the horizon. I like it because it is easy to build and has a very wide 2:1 SWR bandwidth, about 6% (142-150 MHz). This antenna gives you about twice the gain as a standard J-Pole and two S-Units over a ¼ WL vertical when compared for point to point line of sight work. The antenna is impedance matched to the coaxial feedline by the stub. The coaxial shield is connected to short element and the coax center conductor is connected to long element. Best SWR is achieved by sliding the connection up and down.

Vector Antenna Analyzer for antenna testing with high quality data graphics and data file exports, sweeps, frequency plots, Smith charts, alerts and data file exports using a web browser on any OS / platform; MAC, PC, Linux, Android, tablet and even a cell phone. The key element is the analyzer controls and display are a simple website sever to communicate with any browser.

The vertical full wavelength loop antenna is a great DX antenna without the problem of installing radials. The key word is VERTICAL as horizontal loops simply do not work very well 10 feet above ground level. In contrast vertical loop can be at ground level and still have low take off angle.

An Inline Power and VSWR meter is a valuable tool for the antenna builder and transmitter testing. I started this project as a bench meter to use when I was building a transmitter drive input. The idea to build an inline power meter came out of need rather than inspiration. The RF sensor is a Stockton bridge directional coupler, it turns the forward and reflected power into voltages that can be measured by an analog to digital coverter-CPU conversion into power levels.

BALUNs are a tricky business and difficult to understand but still easy for most to build. DIY construction of a Dual Core Guanella BALUN provides efficiency and common mode isolation when feeding balanced antennas from coax like dipoles or mismatch feeds.

A different "Twist" on Portable Multiband HF Dipoles is this compact 40 through 6 Meter spiral dipole or single band 20M is very attractive for portable and restricted CC&R use. Similar to a screwdriver in RF efficiency but easy to match. Just three feet long!

Amateur radio stations have three unique and separate "grounding" functions; Safety, Station (RFI) and Counterpoise.

Building “linear” or loaded (short) antennas for HOA's

5-element 70 cm QUAGI is constructed from 1/16" copper rod and 3/8" Plastic Rod is driven by loop for 50 Ohm feed match.


Anyone Remember Building Kits

This indoor dual band 2M and 70cm antenna is easy to build and tune. It operates as a J-Pole at 70 cm and 1/4 wavelength at 2M with the help of radials.



Radio is a diverse hobby with many interesting aspects, using both old and new technology can be very rewarding; -- CW, SSB, digital modes, satellites, etc. Some Amateur Radio stations use high power transmitters to bounce signals off the moon reflecting back to earth. I enjoy being a minimalist to make contacts using tiny transmitters powered by a flashlight battery for international communications. I build HF, VHF and UHF antennas and operate in 90% digital modes from 1/10 to 10 Watts, QRP. I live in a deed restricted community so my information is based on my experience within the “no antenna” restrictions. My purpose is to share my projects and ideas with anyone who is interested. All amateur radio operators are welcome to share this information for your own experimentation with radio technology.

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