Saturday, February 6, 2016

J-Pole Antenna For Any Ham Band

 Are you trying to think of a simple ham antenna to build ? Why not try out a simple J Pole Antenna. You can design it for many different bands. In fact here is an excellent website with all kinds of information and a calculator. Here is a link to that website . There are plenty of other websites on the internet where you can find helpful information. Just remember as you go higher in frequency the bigger the antenna will get. So the size going from 6 meters to 40 meters will be bigger in size and a little more expensive to build.

  Generally you can build the J-Pole Antenna out of copper tubing. It is easily attainable at your local hardware store. My advise is to go to lowes or home depot. I would make sure you have a good soldering iron or a small butane torch, because you will be doing some sweat soldering, which is different from soldering a component on a motherboard. You can always build the J-Pole Antenna out of Aluminum Tubing, which you can buy from dx engineering or off of
 If you are looking for good videos I would just do a search on youtube for J-Pole Antennas and you will find all kinds of videos that will give a better picture of what the antenna is like, how it functions and how to build one. It is a fairly easy antenna to build and may give some good results. I would indefinably suggest checking out this website at for some excellent information on J-Pole Antennas.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

What Are You Adding To Your Ham Shack In 2016

 Okay the Winter is here and it's cold outside. It's too cold to go out and work on a new antenna, but that does not mean you can't be planning on one for the warmer weather. So get out your pencil and paper and start using your imagination. Maybe a simple dipole antenna or an off center fed dipole antenna. Either way they make a nice antenna each with their own characteristics. Hey there are even some yagi beam antenna designs I have seen with copper wire. Maybe you can get one of these going and show it off at your next local Ham Fest.
 Speaking of Ham Fests I wonder why we don't plan a Ham Fest in the winter months, but inside a large building. I know in my area they had one at the local college and it had quite a big indoor space. Well that's just a thought to pass around and have some fun. Why not have a Ham Fest with all Hams showing off small antenna arrays that they have built. Maybe even some Ham Radios that they have cleaned up and brought back to life. The thoughts just can go on and on. If you have any comments be sure to leave them. You know we all need something to do in the cold weather.
 Okay so back to adding items to your Ham Shack. Have you checked out Ebay for some awesome new and used Ham Radios and Equipment. There always seem to be an abundance of awesome older ham radios that would look good in the ham shack. Besides the Ham Radios there are always various swr meters, microphones, swr analyzers and many other items that come in handy. Another item to add would be some Ham Radio Manuals for advancing to your next Ham Radio License. Bundle up stay warm and study for the General or Extra License today.

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