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Archive for December 2009

Homebrew Microwave Antennas That Perform!

December 28, 2009

I had a problem. My apartment is surrounded and divided by twelve+ inch thick steel-reinforced concrete walls, and sandwiched between steel pan and prestressed/reinforced concrete floors and ceilings (we’re on the middle of three floors). In effect, I┬álive in an efficient Farraday Cage! Great for preventing RFI on the neighbor’s toaster oven and resisting storms […]

First QSO Card at Condo QTH!

December 27, 2009

Well, in spite of the fact that my hexbeam antenna (and feedline conduit) must come down after only having been up for a matter of days, I’m very proud of making some good contacts. My first QSO card at this QTH documenting a solid voice contact with WB7WNF, Raleigh, in Bonney Lake, Washington State. Not […]

Angry Villagers Rise Up!

December 14, 2009

Ever wonder what Dr. Frankenstein felt when only HE thought his creation was a thing of beauty, and angry villagers stormed his castle with smokey torches and dirty pitch forks? Some of my wonderful condo neighbors were encouragingly┬ávery supportive of my big beautiful hex beam antenna. Some harbored unspoken consternation but remained supportive in spite […]

New HT on Order; HF Antenna Development

December 10, 2009

Well, I finally broke down and ordered my very first HT (handheld transceiver). Should be here any day now… here’s a picture from a reviewer (see link below): Like any topic, the choice of an HT is a highly ‘religious’ debate. Trying to rise above all that, after performing due diligence, my research leads me […]