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Antennas

Loop-on-Ground, the simplest Receive-Antenna you will ever Build, and it Works

I have been experimenting with some Receive-antennas for the Low HF bands (80 and 160 meters is "low-band" to me). I discovered these popular antennas from other Hams at the Contesting Club (Potomac Valley Radio Club) I belong to. Nearly... Continue Reading →

Trying a “Short” Beverage Antenna on 160m

I wanted to do something to improve my Station performance on 160m, so I thought a Receive Antenna would be the way to go. Everyone tells me that you need a decent RX Antenna for 160m, because you can not... Continue Reading →

Getting into the Game on 160 meters

I have slowly been adding 160 meter Band capability to my Station, mainly in some recent contests. With sunspots so low, and the high HF Bands suffering badly as a result, this seems like a good time to do some... Continue Reading →

Important N1MM+ Antenna Config Changes

I just installed the latest version on N1MM+. I have been looking at using the Antenna Data provided by N1MM+ for controlling my antenna switching. In the latest version, the Change Log shows two changes that were made to the... Continue Reading →

Using N1MM+ Serial (OTRSP) Data for Two-radio Antenna Switching

I have been investigating ways to automatically switch antennas in a 2-Radio (SO2R) station for use in Contesting. Using multiple antennas is nearly a must for HF contesting, including Yagis, Veticals, and any of a variety of wire antennas. When... Continue Reading →

First Trial of Horizontal Loop

I installed a prototype 40m Horizontal loop for testing in a recent contest. This was a test to see if a low-elevation loop would be useful for NVIS propagation, as I was trying to maximize the number of close-in stations... Continue Reading →

Trying an HF Horizontal Loop Antenna

I was looking for a new antenna to try this weekend. I will be in the NAQP CW Contest and there will be many stations active across the US, Canada, and hopefully some DX. I have been thinking about a... Continue Reading →

Building an Elecraft KAT-500 Antenna Tuner

I have had a number of automatic Antenna Tuners in recent years.I have had  MFJ tuners, LDG tuners and the built-in tuners in my TS-930s, Elecraft K2, ICOM IC-7600, and Yaesu FTDX-3000. They have all worked pretty well. The first... Continue Reading →

Using N1MM+ OTRSP Data for Antenna Switching

I have been looking at antenna switches for using two radios with a number of antennas. The common switches I have found are referred to as "Six packs" or 2X6 antenna switches, which establish connections for 2 radios to any... Continue Reading →

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