Saturday, April 9, 2016

Summer Is Almost Here And It's Time To Homebrew That Ham Antenna

 The weather is getting better and summer is almost here. Yes it is time to start homebrewing some kind of a ham antenna. It does not matter whether it is a moxon, quad or dipole antenna. The one main tool you should have is a good swr analyzer. You will find that it is an invaluable tool for your ham shack. During the building process it will come in quite handy.
 Mfj and Rig Xpert are probably two of the most popular swr analyzers out there. You can buy new with Amazon or Used with Ebay. Of course  you can also find new items at Ebay as well. My best advise is to check out for reviews on all swr analyzer and check out the seller for good or bad reviews. This way you will get the best deal and not a boat anchor.
 RF Explorer Network Analyzer Advanced: VSWR measurement by RFExplorer

                             VK5JST Antenna Analyser tour by dx2hunt

   There are plenty of other excellent videos out there that are newer and may give a better look at newer swr analyzers. You can also use the Amazon search below or the Ebay search at the side of the posts.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

How About A Nice Amp For Your Ham Shack

Click On The Picture To Check Out This Ameritron Amplifier

 Yes it's time to spend some of that wonderful income tax money. Well if that's the case why not spend it on some equipment for your ham shack. One idea may be on a nice amplifier in the used category from Ebay. There are some very good deals as long as you check the sellers feedback for negative responses and also look for a high percentage rating. My other advise is check out the fine print in the write up for things like no returns or any problems the equipment may have unless you are going to repair it.
 I have seen quite a few nice heathkit amps, drake and amertiron amplifiers. There are also the homemade amps, but remember they are not authorized by the fcc. If you are interested in looking for a used amp just click on the link Ham Radio Amps At Ebay . Now if you are just looking for a new transceiver you can click on the link here...Ham Radio Transceivers At Ebay . You can also search by using the link and searching ebay for anything. Sometimes I find myself browsing all the interesting ham radio gear at ebay for the fun of it.
 Okay so what kind of amplifier do you prefer ? Do you like the older tube style amp or do you like the solid state amplifier. I can remember way back in the 70s when people bought the tube amps and they used lots of voltage and current. I remember one fellow would start transmitting and his lights would flicker in the house. Then they came out with solid state amps and things got smaller. They also did not run quite as hot as the tubes and seemed more efficient. Plus they fit very well in a mobile situation.

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