[amsat-bb] Offtopic - antennas, was Re: Re: VUCC & LoTW
k5oe at aol.com
Sun Jan 16 13:51:09 PST 2011
Thanks, Gordon. You are too kind.
You won't believe it but that little 3-element hand-held beam is still in use today (I built it over a dozen years ago). I used it Friday and Saturday while mobile in Texas for two passes of AO-51 (I keep saying I am going to replace the aging RG-8X coax, but just never get around to it). I have an FT-100 in my truck and use an MFJ duplexer to split the signal to the 70 cm beam and a 2 m vertical on the back window. I operate split mode, so it isn't the best setup--but it works (besides V/U, I can also operate V/S and L/S, using hand-held antennas out the window... and even U/V with whatever I can hear on the vertical).
I was mobile and inadvertantly stated I was in EM10, when actually I was in EM20 (too much coffee), so to the following stations, I apologize:
For anyone looking for an easy to build and use (did I mention cheap?) hand-held antenna for portable work, try this mirror link:
and click on the "70 cm Handi-Tenna" link on the left frame. BTW, the young girl in the picture graduates from St. Thomas Univ this year (I told you it was old!).
Jerry, K5OE (also M0GOE, btw)
On Sun, 2011-01-16 at 14:42 -0500, K5OE wrote:
> Jerry, K5OE
I built a couple of your Handi-tenna three-element yagis for 70cm, one
for myself when I was getting into satellites first and a couple for
other people. They work great and it's a nice repeatable design,
guaranteed to work if you build it right. I've had QSOs through AO-51,
SO-50 and the ISS with mine, as well as a lot of terrestrial low-power
Thanks for such a simple but significant contribution to amateur
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