KX4O 1B-Battery VA Field Day 2015

The 20m AHVD and 40m small loop antennas during KX4O 1B VA field day.

Despite a weak battery and few contacts, our 1B-Battery effort verifies a 40m small-loop and packet-radio NTS messaging using quick deploy antennas.

Hatteras Ham Shack

Hatteras Shack with the Asymmetrical Hatted Vertical Dipole antenna

I took the asymmetrical hatted vertical dipole to Hatteras beach to activate NA-067. I wasn’t very successful, but made a couple QSOs. Despite mixed results, the setting was spectacular. The vertical dipole worked.

Vertical Dipole at Lighthouse

Assembling the Vertical Dipole

The asymmetrical hatted vertical dipole (AHVD) provides a quick setup HF antenna at Hatteras lighthouse.

Build this Vertical Portable HF Antenna

This antenna fits into a baseball bag except for the tripod.

The Asymmetrical Hatted Vertical Dipole (AHVD) prototype is an easy to build, portable alternative to other freestanding vertical HF antennas such as the Buddipole.

Asy Hat Vertical Dipole

Three views showing a how a planed vertical need not always be the classic 1/4 wave monopole.

We re-introduce the theory and origins of Cebik’s (W4RNL) Asymmetrical Hatted Vertical Dipole (AHVD) antenna with the hope to facilitate a vertical polarization portable 20-10m aerial for portable operations.

EFHW LNR Precision EF-10/20/40MKII Test Data

SWR Measurements of LNR Precision EF-10/20/40 End Fed Antenna

Basic tests of the LNR Precision EF-10/20/40 multi-band portable HF EFHW antenna including S11, SWR and a bandwidth check of the match box.

EFHW LNR Precision EF-10/20/40MKII Examination

Schematic of LNR Precision 10/20/40 Portable Antenna Matchbox

The background and details of the LNR (Par Electronics) EF-10/20/40 end fed half-wave multi-band portable HF antenna. Come see what’s inside the mysterious “black box.”

Simulations of Classic & Broadband Hexbeam – The Movie

Many folks have successfully modeled all versions of the Hex Beam. Most of the simulation attempts use NEC programs.

Despite being a popular and productive way of simulating amateur radio antennas, another method of electromagnetic simulation makes use of the Finite-Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method.

Without going into too many details, the method divides up the simulation space into little cubes of volume. Then the next magnetic field values are derived from the current electric fields. Then the next electric field values are derived from the current magnetic fields. Repeat.

FDTD makes use of Maxwell’s equations to calculate the above fields. Being a Time Domain method, what follows shows a movie like display of what is happening in the antennas in super slow motion.

Read moreSimulations of Classic & Broadband Hexbeam – The Movie

43 Foot Antenna Installation – The Rising

Here are some details regarding the next, and probably last, phase of my 43 Foot DX Engineering vertical installation.

This post is very late. The actual date of the events within it are just before March 2009 in preparation for the Virginia QSO Party.

In the many posts within this site, it is no secret my examination of various vertical antenna solutions with comparison between BigIR and the 43 Foot products a big part of this. Check out all the 43 Foot posts on HHD here…

Read more43 Foot Antenna Installation – The Rising

Hexagonal (Hex) Beam Battle

“Put a Hex on you…” Three antenna suppliers are making the Hex Beam antenna an easier choice for your next 20-10 meter beam.

Old DX Engineering Radial Plates won’t fit 2 inch OD pipe

If you might be wondering if there is a difference between older and newer Radial Plate kits from DX Engineering there is… for the better, but there was a catch…

The 43 foot vertical – The answer to everything?

The 43 foot vertical antenna is a popular height being promoted by several antenna manufacturers for 160 to 10 meters. Let’s see why and examine some advantages and pitfalls.

Low Profile Vertical HF Antenna

With the upcoming solar cycle pushing operations on the HF bands towards success on 20 meters to 10 meters you might be wondering if a vertical antenna may be the right choice for making the most of this time.

Well, to be honest you may well have just as much success with a simple horizontal dipole strung up.

Dipoles are pretty easy to build and don’t cost too much if you would rather purchase one from Alpha-Delta or the Wireman.

However, if you…

Read moreLow Profile Vertical HF Antenna