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FOX News Article on Ham Radio

Dennis - WU6X
 

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/11/17/radio-days-are-back-ham-radio-licenses-at-all-time-high/

Copy and paste into your browser. FOX news says we have over 700,000 hams now.
73,
Dennis


Re: FOX News Article on Ham Radio

Bob B - KJ6MOS <whpmotorsports@...>
 

Through my limited research I've learned many folks who are into disaster preparedness and survivalists have been advocating ham radio licenses in case of or when the phone system goes down. I think we should try to offer something that these new hams would be interested in to get them into the club. There's got to be a bunch of 'em in the area.

Bob -KJ6MOS

--- In W6EK@..., "gregoryd99" <WU6X@...> wrote:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/11/17/radio-days-are-back-ham-radio-licenses-at-all-time-high/

Copy and paste into your browser. FOX news says we have over 700,000 hams now.
73,
Dennis


Re: FOX News Article on Ham Radio

Bob B - KJ6MOS <whpmotorsports@...>
 

You know even Glenn Beck has been telling listeners to get their Ham licenses & buy old tube sets.

Bob

--- In W6EK@..., Dennis Gregory <WU6X@...> wrote:


I've got it ... a new Baofeng! :-)

Enjoyed talking to you on 2m today, as always. Good stuff on 10m DX ... guess I'll have to start listening over there more often.

Dennis - WU6X
530-305-0180




To: W6EK@...
From: whpmotorsports@...
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:38:04 +0000
Subject: [W6EK] Re: Great FOX News Article on Ham Radio






Through my limited research I've learned many folks who are into disaster preparedness and survivalists have been advocating ham radio licenses in case of or when the phone system goes down. I think we should try to offer something that these new hams would be interested in to get them into the club. There's got to be a bunch of 'em in the area.

Bob -KJ6MOS

--- In W6EK@..., "gregoryd99" <WU6X@> wrote:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/11/17/radio-days-are-back-ham-radio-licenses-at-all-time-high/

Copy and paste into your browser. FOX news says we have over 700,000 hams now.
73,
Dennis


From the ARRL PR Wire - weblink

wf6j <wf6J@...>
 

This is about Emergency Communications and Social Media
 
thanks to:

David Wright
Public Information Officer
Kendall County ARES



ARRL's DIY Magic of Ham Radio Video Premier now

wf6j <wf6J@...>
 


Allen Pitts, W1AGP is the PR Director at ARRL.

Today they have released a new video to show
all about what Amateur Radio has to offer.

The Video starts at Dayton and is a must see.
I have posted the link on our webpage. Go to
the webpage and click-on the Diy graphics!

Another "page" will open and the video will start.

Don't miss this... and send the link to all of your 
non-ham friends!

73,
Carl, WF6J
PIO/ Webmaster
SFARC



Wouxan 2m 220 HT

Bob - K6UDA <whpmotorsports@...>
 

Powerwerx is the importer of this inexpensive little radio. I brought mine to the last breakfast. Here's the info on it if your looking for a cheap, durable little HT to take with you anywhere.

www.powerwerx.com/wouxun-radios/kg-uv3d-dual-band.html

73,
Bob


44 dollars

Bob Naylor <wotbob01@...>
 

Dennis, I like your 44 dollar radio you showed us at breakfast.  I think you were saying to be careful where you order it from due to sometimes you do not get software etc???
Can you tell me where to order it from?
Thanks, 73, Bob  WE6C


Twit TV has ARRL DIY info and more

wf6j <wf6J@...>
 

Started at 6pm, but still going strong:

http://live.twit.tv/

73,
Carl, WF6J
wf6j@...


Got My First Radiogram Today, also Skywire Loop Antennas

Mark Graybill
 

I got a call today from W6WEM today telling me I had a radiogram from WB5NKD. It was a nice standard message encouraging me to look into handling traffic on nets.

I wrote a blog article about it all here:
http://catsonkeyboards.blogspot.com/2012/01/received-my-first-radiogram-today.html

I talked to W6WEM for a bit, too. He's got an 80m loop up in Meadow Vista, I'm hoping to get a look at it in the next few days if the weather allows.

Does anyone else have an HF loop up? I'm interested in how it's working for you, construction details (keeping it up in the trees through wind storms, etc.) and what bands it's cut for as well as others it covers.

Thanks,

Mark, W8BIT


Re: 2m J-Pole?

Bob - K6UDA <whpmotorsports@...>
 

Mine is very simple. Made entirely from 1/2 inch copper tubing. Plans are readily available on the internet. Just type in copper J-pole plans into a search engine. The base of mine is made long (2 feet extra) and I've got it clamped to my chimmy with a metal strap and muffler clamps. I've used LMR400 feedline on mine because the 100 ft run created 12db loss using rg59.

For a copper j-pole, you'll need 6 ft of tube, 2 solder caps, 1 tee, 1 90 elbow. You'll also need a pl-259 connector and a hunk of conductor wire. minus the feedline, about $25 at home depot.

Happy Hunting,

Bob

--- In W6EK@..., "Saundby" <saundby@...> wrote:

Bob, I think you mentioned a 2m j-pole you use to me at the meeting. I wonder if you can tell me some more about it, like construction details, how you've got it hung up and how it's working for you.

I'm going to be trying again soon to get some 2m SSB out of here, too (with a quickie horizontal Yagi, I'm looking at the j-pole for FM), it turns out the feedline I used the first time had a kink in it where the center conductor pushed through the foam and into the shield, shorting it out. I'll be cutting it off at the kink, rechecking it, then putting a new connector on when time allows.

Mark, W8BIT


Re: 2m J-Pole?

Bob Naylor <wotbob01@...>
 

Guys, Here's a link to a coax loss calculator.


Bob  WE6C


--- On Thu, 1/19/12, Bob - K6UDA wrote:

From: Bob - K6UDA
Subject: [W6EK] Re: 2m J-Pole?
To: W6EK@...
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 9:35 AM

Mine is very simple. Made entirely from 1/2 inch copper tubing. Plans are readily available on the internet. Just type in copper J-pole plans into a search engine. The base of mine is made long (2 feet extra) and I've got it clamped to my chimmy with a metal strap and muffler clamps. I've used LMR400 feedline on mine because the 100 ft run created 12db loss using rg59.

For a copper j-pole, you'll need 6 ft of tube, 2 solder caps, 1 tee, 1 90 elbow. You'll also need a pl-259 connector and a hunk of conductor wire. minus the feedline, about $25 at home depot.

Happy Hunting,

Bob

--- In W6EK@..., "Saundby" wrote:
>
> Bob, I think you mentioned a 2m j-pole you use to me at the meeting. I wonder if you can tell me some more about it, like construction details, how you've got it hung up and how it's working for you.
>
> I'm going to be trying again soon to get some 2m SSB out of here, too (with a quickie horizontal Yagi, I'm looking at the j-pole for FM), it turns out the feedline I used the first time had a kink in it where the center conductor pushed through the foam and into the shield, shorting it out. I'll be cutting it off at the kink, rechecking it, then putting a new connector on when time allows.
>
> Mark, W8BIT
>




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Re: 2m J-Pole?

wf6j <wf6J@...>
 

Bob,

Thanks. Will post this under the current link on our site from: "Coax attenuation charts courtesy W4RP"

73,
Carl

On Jan 19, 2012, at 11:36 AM, Bob Naylor wrote:

Guys, Here's a link to a coax loss calculator.


Bob  WE6C


Re: 2m J-Pole?

Dennis - WU6X
 

FYI, to get a good match you should also feed it with a 1:1 balun. The balun can be made up of a length of coax, 26-1/2 inches braid-to-braid. Roll the coax into a coil and solder all the braids together. One end of the coil's center conductor should attach to the feedline center conductor, and connect to the driven element. The other end of the balun (center conductor) goes to the long element. In otherwords, the braid (ground) is not connected to the antenna. Slide the connection points up/down for a 1.1:1 match.

--- In W6EK@..., "Bob - K6UDA" <whpmotorsports@...> wrote:

Mine is very simple. Made entirely from 1/2 inch copper tubing. Plans are readily available on the internet. Just type in copper J-pole plans into a search engine. The base of mine is made long (2 feet extra) and I've got it clamped to my chimmy with a metal strap and muffler clamps. I've used LMR400 feedline on mine because the 100 ft run created 12db loss using rg59.

For a copper j-pole, you'll need 6 ft of tube, 2 solder caps, 1 tee, 1 90 elbow. You'll also need a pl-259 connector and a hunk of conductor wire. minus the feedline, about $25 at home depot.

Happy Hunting,

Bob

--- In W6EK@..., "Saundby" <saundby@> wrote:

Bob, I think you mentioned a 2m j-pole you use to me at the meeting. I wonder if you can tell me some more about it, like construction details, how you've got it hung up and how it's working for you.

I'm going to be trying again soon to get some 2m SSB out of here, too (with a quickie horizontal Yagi, I'm looking at the j-pole for FM), it turns out the feedline I used the first time had a kink in it where the center conductor pushed through the foam and into the shield, shorting it out. I'll be cutting it off at the kink, rechecking it, then putting a new connector on when time allows.

Mark, W8BIT


Re: 2m J-Pole?

Mark Graybill
 

Sounds great, thanks a lot.

I was thinking of attaching it to a piece of antenna rope and seeing how far up I can get it in the blue spruce outside my window.

Thanks,

Mark, W8BIT
---------------------------------------------------------------
Electronics, Books, Video Games, etc.

On Jan 19, 2012, at 9:35 AM, Bob - K6UDA wrote:

 

Mine is very simple. Made entirely from 1/2 inch copper tubing. Plans are readily available on the internet. Just type in copper J-pole plans into a search engine. The base of mine is made long (2 feet extra) and I've got it clamped to my chimmy with a metal strap and muffler clamps. I've used LMR400 feedline on mine because the 100 ft run created 12db loss using rg59.

For a copper j-pole, you'll need 6 ft of tube, 2 solder caps, 1 tee, 1 90 elbow. You'll also need a pl-259 connector and a hunk of conductor wire. minus the feedline, about $25 at home depot.

Happy Hunting,

Bob

--- In W6EK@..., "Saundby" wrote:
>
> Bob, I think you mentioned a 2m j-pole you use to me at the meeting. I wonder if you can tell me some more about it, like construction details, how you've got it hung up and how it's working for you.
>
> I'm going to be trying again soon to get some 2m SSB out of here, too (with a quickie horizontal Yagi, I'm looking at the j-pole for FM), it turns out the feedline I used the first time had a kink in it where the center conductor pushed through the foam and into the shield, shorting it out. I'll be cutting it off at the kink, rechecking it, then putting a new connector on when time allows.
>
> Mark, W8BIT
>



Re: 2m J-Pole?

Mark Graybill
 

Nice, thanks.

I'll take a look at some pictures of this on the 'net, too.

Mark G., W8BIT
---------------------------------------------------------------
Electronics, Books, Video Games, etc.

On Jan 19, 2012, at 8:01 PM, gregoryd99 wrote:

 

FYI, to get a good match you should also feed it with a 1:1 balun. The balun can be made up of a length of coax, 26-1/2 inches braid-to-braid. Roll the coax into a coil and solder all the braids together. One end of the coil's center conductor should attach to the feedline center conductor, and connect to the driven element. The other end of the balun (center conductor) goes to the long element. In otherwords, the braid (ground) is not connected to the antenna. Slide the connection points up/down for a 1.1:1 match.

--- In W6EK@..., "Bob - K6UDA" wrote:
>
> Mine is very simple. Made entirely from 1/2 inch copper tubing. Plans are readily available on the internet. Just type in copper J-pole plans into a search engine. The base of mine is made long (2 feet extra) and I've got it clamped to my chimmy with a metal strap and muffler clamps. I've used LMR400 feedline on mine because the 100 ft run created 12db loss using rg59.
>
> For a copper j-pole, you'll need 6 ft of tube, 2 solder caps, 1 tee, 1 90 elbow. You'll also need a pl-259 connector and a hunk of conductor wire. minus the feedline, about $25 at home depot.
>
> Happy Hunting,
>
> Bob
>
> --- In W6EK@..., "Saundby" wrote:
> >
> > Bob, I think you mentioned a 2m j-pole you use to me at the meeting. I wonder if you can tell me some more about it, like construction details, how you've got it hung up and how it's working for you.
> >
> > I'm going to be trying again soon to get some 2m SSB out of here, too (with a quickie horizontal Yagi, I'm looking at the j-pole for FM), it turns out the feedline I used the first time had a kink in it where the center conductor pushed through the foam and into the shield, shorting it out. I'll be cutting it off at the kink, rechecking it, then putting a new connector on when time allows.
> >
> > Mark, W8BIT
> >
>



Program "Remote Rig Control via iPhone" pdf is on the website

wf6j <wf6J@...>
 

if you were not at the Meeting, you missed an interesting and fun demonstration!

Program was Dennis, WU6X's Presentation on Remote Rig Control via the iPhone.

Look in the Videos section of our website for the link.
http://www.sf-arc.org/videos.html

73,
Carl, WF6J
wf6j@...


Great Hat at Fry's

wf6j <wf6J@...>
 

I have had several "LED" hats, one to 4 LEDs but just found the best one yet!
6 very bright LEDs however this has an on-off switch on the battery pack in
addition to the brim on-off switch.

Advantage is not accidentally leaving you light on ;)

$9.99 + tax at Fry's Several colors


2M j-pole in a small diameter radome

Jim <n6med@...>
 

Adding to the myriad of 2M j-pile plans "out there", to our file area I've added a sketch of a 2M j-pole, the prototype of which was built several years ago for Santa Cruz County ARES (I have since built my own). It is notable in that it uses 1/2" >outside diameter< PVC intended for hot water pipe. It makes a really terrific antenna for portable use.

Best regards --

Jim


more on 2 m antennas

wf6j <wf6J@...>
 

I am always building almost any 2 meter antenna i can find plans for, was motivated by the two recent posts to provide these links for you to view:

2 meter J-Pole by David, KG4BIN. he gives a good "how it works" discussion, then a how to build section:
http://www.qsl.net/kg4bin/jpole.html

and for those who just want to buy one... KB9VBR will ship one for $37.00!
http://www.jpole-antenna.com/


Getting bits together, was Re: more on 2 m antennas

Mark Graybill
 

--- In W6EK@..., wf6j <wf6J@...> wrote:

I am always building almost any 2 meter antenna i can find plans for,
was motivated by the two recent posts to provide these links for you
to view:

2 meter J-Pole by David, KG4BIN. he gives a good "how it works"
discussion, then a how to build section:
http://www.qsl.net/kg4bin/jpole.html
This j-pole looks very buildable. Thanks!


and for those who just want to buy one... KB9VBR will ship one for
$37.00!
http://www.jpole-antenna.com/
What? Buy an antenna when I can spend twice as much to build one half as good and get myself a new scar in the process? :D

I may see if I can put an antenna together this weekend. I want to put together both 10m and 2m antennas, not sure which will come first.

I'm also hoping to visit W6WEM in Meadow Vista some time in the next few days for a look at his skywire loop.

I did manage to check in to the NCARC 2m net last night by putting my old SO-239 ground plane on a broomstick and taking it up and down the driveway. Full story and a pic here:

http://catsonkeyboards.blogspot.com/2012/01/amateur-radio-my-first-net-check-in.html

Tomorrow I'm hoping to move some stuff out of the garage to clear more space for a radio shack. Amaryllis, KJ6TFT, should be available in the afternoon to help haul some unwanted furniture to the thrift store.

So much to do...

Mark, W8BIT