[amsat-bb] Rooftop Antenna Labs?

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Apr 28 17:25:55 PDT 2010

Anyone at a University with an excellent Antenna Lab?

When I went through PG school 39 years ago, I was IMPRESSED with
the Antenna lab on the
roof of Spanagel Hall at NPS in Monterey California and have
envied it ever since.

I may have an opportunity to begin planning for a major building
upgrade at my school and want to propose a modern root-top
antenna lab.  But my experience is 39 years old, and even then
there was a hint (in 1971) that the end of HF was around the
corner and so that antenna lab was already in decline...

Maybe all antennas labs have atrophed to the internet and have
completely abandoned real-live-RF antennas, and so using them as
an examples might be a negative example instead of
a positive one.

But in either case, I need to get some infor for planning a
dream antenna lab...  Even though Ill probably be 6' under by
the time it comes to pass. 

Hummh... A ham license lasts 10 years... I wonder if one could
design a a 10 year micro-beacon for one's headstone that would
last exactly 10 years from the time of one's last renewal...
Keep the range to 100 feet within the cemetery and not many
bodies around you would complain..  Though I guess if there is
another ham planted nearby, he would find something to complain
about the issue of timely control..Probably best to use a key
chain license free XMTR I guess...


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