A lightweight PVC hand-held telescopic 2 element 2m (145 MHz) Yagi using two pairs of TV rabbit ear antennas as the driven and reflector elements. Approximate directional gain is 5dB.
Guide to setting up a portable ham radio station, selecting the right components and buying the correct ones, finally setting up and assembling the whole elements.
A Trapped dipole inverted V antenna for lower HF Bands. Construction details are for temporary installation. Permanent installations will require additional ruggedising and waterproofing however the basic electronics concepts remain the same. This project includes SWR plots for the three bands and pictures details of the homemade traps.
CY0S Sable Island DX Pedition March 20-29, 2023
This is another variation on the parallel resistor, dummy load. It is perfect for QRP HF operation of 5-watts or less average power, and should be adequate for continuous operation at that level. It’s light and compact, about 2-1/2 in length overall.
If you need a non-standard resistor value you could probably realize a close match using two resistor. If you use two resistor in series it is quite easy to figure out which values give the best match; on the other hand, using a parallel connection it is not so easy (at least for me) to find a good combination. This resistor calculation tool shows which combinations of two resistors (series or parallel) gives a match better than the closest standard value, for the E12 (10%), E24 (5%) and E96 (1%) series.
The YIG Tuned Oscillator (YTO) is the only direct signal source to provide multi octave tuning bandwidths in excess of 10 GHz. Common tuning ranges are from 2-10 GHz, 8-18 GHz and 10-20 GHz. YTO is are also known for their superior phase noise and exceptional tuning linearity.