One Villager's Solution...
End Fed Antennas – Stealthy, Easy to Rig, and Inexpensive
Owen, KJ4YAC, tells you all about it, HERE.
Building "How To" DIY Details & Tips
The Villages Amateur Radio Club members enjoy building kits and homebrew receivers and transmitters. We all remember the "Heathkit" of the old days with instructions and complete parts for a fixed price. Today we do the same thing but there are many smaller suppliers. This page is provided to share information on homebrew, kit building and anything to help with our projects. If you have a project or resource to share please, Contact Us
How to build a 1:1 BALUN (large PDF file)
(Another Homebrew 1:1 Balun)
How to build a load coil with remotely selected taps, the "Poor man's remote turner" (large PDF file)
How to build a flagpole antenna from PVC pipe (large PDF file)
Vendors of flagpoles, flagpole parts, pole base components and isolators (large PDF file)
Tables of plastic pipe sizes with inside and outside dimensions for selecting pipe to build masts
Using the phase angle of your SWR meter to find antenna resonance. At resonance the load is purely resistive and all power is radiated. This is not impedance matching. In most cases they are almost the same but not exactly. With SWR we are trying to get the best match to 50 Ohms. Standing Wave Ratio meters measure impedance difference from 50Ω. This is NOT the same as tuning (finding resonance).
Software Defined Radio (SDR) build of the Softrock single Band DSP receiver board detail showing surface mounted integrated circuits
Actual Size ~ 1 X 3 Inches