An interesting tip that might just improve the performance of those small affordable handheld ham radios called a “Handy Talky” or HT for short in ham vernacular. [RadioHamGuy] posted an interesting video on adding a counterpoise antenna wire to an HT. He claims it will noticeably improve both transmit and receive by making a quarter-wave monopole into a makeshift dipole antenna system.
Per his instructions you basically add a short wire to the antenna’s outer ground connection or to an equivalent case screw that’s electrically connected to the antenna’s ground side. Apparently this can be referred to as a Tiger Tail and does make it look like your HT has a tail. You would construct a counterpoise antenna wire 11.5 inch for VHF, 6.5 for UHF and about 19.5 inches for an OK performing dual band VHF/UHF radio.
Normally with a handheld radio the counterpoise (ground) is your own body as you are holding the HT. This is because the capacitance of your body makes a good counterpoise under normal conditions. It would be interesting to hear what others find for performance when adding a counterpoise antenna wire.
Here are the lessons for the International Morse Code Course! This course is designed to help learn the Morse Code from the easiest to the hardest characters. This course covers all 26 letters of the English alphabet, numbers 0 to 9, some punctuation marks, as well as some procedural signals. This course is designed for Amateur Radio operators, but feel free to use it for what ever reason you may need to learn Morse Code. You can find the answers to all the Random Runs found at the end of the lessons at the lessons’ links below. More..
NFARL – North Fulton Amateur Radio League has put together a kit and assembling instructions for a device called Power Gate. Unfortunately the kit is now sold out, but the assembling instructions with schematics and list of materials are still available.
The Power Gate allows you to run your station with full time, instantaneous power backup. A pair of Schottky diodes operate as an electronic gate to connect either of two power supplies to your rig. Usually one supply will be your normal AC connected station power supply and the other a backup battery. Switching is completely automatic in both directions; the source with the highest DC voltage will be connected automatically to your rig.
Kansas city public media (KCUR.org) has a show called “Up to Date”. On Tuesday’s (1/7/2014) show they talked with ham radio enthusiasts about ham radio popularity despite the advances of other technologies.
At the stroke of midnight (Eastern time) on January 1, 2014, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT, took to the airwaves with the special ARRL Centennial call sign W100AW.
ARRL Chief Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, were at the helm through the wee hours of the New Year’s Day morning. Daylight hours saw Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q; Chief Operations Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B; Membership and Volunteer Programs Assistant Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ; Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko; KX9X and QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, taking their turns at the operating positions. By mid-afternoon there were several thousand contacts in the log on SSB, CW and RTTY.
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