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Wow! It’s been months since I have posted here. For that I do apologize. I have been busy with so many other projects over the past few months. I hope to update the Events page and more very soon. Thanks for hanging in there and putting up with the dated content. 

One of the best aspsects of the Hobby is Homebrewing and Testing Antenna Systems. As we all know the Antenna system IS the heart of Ham Radio operation.

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For portable radio operation, I like End-Fed Half-Wavelength Antennas (EFHWA, pronounced “EF-WAH”). This type of antenna is similar to the common half-wavelength dipole, but with one significant ad…

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

While I was looking through the dxzone for some new antenna ideas, I came across this article by Diana Eng (KC2UHB).  If you want an end-fed half-wavelength antenna that can cover the 17, 20, 30, and 40 meter bands, this could be the antenna you’re looking for.  I’ll have to try this out.  Aloha de KH6JRM

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I fully enjoy this aspect of the Hobby. I recently purchased a Buddipole deluxe package and an Elecraft KX3 for my portable operating. Let’s hope we have an early spring in the Northeast!


Saturday was one of the best days of radio I’ve had since starting my HF journey last year. A buddy and I headed out to a large field near my home where folks often gather to fly model airplanes. My friend planned to fly his, and I intended to operate QRP, backpack portable, with the Buddistick and FT-817.

There was a large, unused pipe sticking up in the middle of the field, so I lashed the Buddistick to it, connected some coax and tuned the antenna for 20 meters. The North American QSO Party (SSB) was in full swing with stations up and down the band, so I figured I’d have an above-average chance to make contacts with 5 watts.

After tuning around a bit I heard Bob, AC1Z, out of New Hampshire. He managed to hear my calls and we made a successful exchange. I spun the dial and…

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