VP’s Corner

Radio Antennas
Radio Antennas

Jeff Fuller 

Soon spring will be here, birds will
be singing, and a young ham’s fancy
turns to … antennas. Yes, as part of
spring cleaning, now is a good time to
check your RF plumbing or maybe think
about expanding your antenna farm
(cover your ears Pinkie …) A popular
ham radio saying: “If your antenna
stayed up last winter, it wasn’t big
enough. After that last storm, I’ve
determined that mine was big enough.


Want to brush up on your antenna

HF Antenna topics
HF Antenna topics

theory? Learn some new concepts?
Then our latest additions to the
OVH lending library (right)are for
you. W1CRO recently donated several
several copies of each to the club.
Thanks Art! I’ll bring them to the
meetings where they’ll be available
for check out.


Bill, K5AE4
Bill, K5AE4




How about something a little more
hands on – like adding a tiger tail
to improve the performance of your
rubber duck HT antenna. Here’s a
great You Tube video by Bill, K5AE




Did you know that amateur radio has another outdoor sport besides Field Day?  Known as
foxhunting, participants (right) race around a timed course using hand held direction finders to guide them toward hidden transmitters.

There is a practical aspect as well. Amateur Radio DF (ARDF) finds a public service role in SAR efforts as well as locating accidentally triggered EPIRBs and repeater jammers.  Want to learn more?  Joins us for this month’s presentation by Larry, W8ANT.

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