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KB9VBR J-Pole Antenna Field Test and Demo

Thank you Justin for creating this unsolicited independent review and field test of the 2 meter J-Pole antenna. It’s greatly appreciated. If you are looking for mounting ideas for the antenna, Justin used a J-mount that screws into the roof with four large lag screws. This is a common mount for the small DTV satellite […]

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Winter Weather Scanning

Severe weather doesn’t just happen in the spring and summer. For much of the US, as the temperatures turn cold, winter weather is a real threat. Although we usually don’t have the sudden onslaught of severity that a line of thunderstorms can bring, a winter storm warning can bring serious consequences to a community. Once […]

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Short Range Communication Choices for Off the Grid Communications

Communicating off the grid, or without the use of conventional methods such as landline, cell phones, Internet, or WiFi can be a challenging prospect. You might ask why forgoing convention when the infrastructure and technology is ubiquitous. If you think about it, cell phones are everywhere and Internet technology is entrenched. But there can be certain […]

Off the Grid Communications

There’s a lot a talk going around about being prepared for disasters, either manmade or natural. The recent superstorm on the East Coast has reinforced this fact the natural disasters can cause large scale disruptions in communications infrastructure. Establishing an off the grid communications system can keep you in touch in the event of disaster […]

ARES/RACES VHF Station Recommendation

Congratulations on being a member of your local ARES/RACES emergency communications group. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service is a great component of amateur radio and allows ham radio operators the opportunity to provide a valuable public service to their community. A common question when setting up a station for ARES/RACES communication, is what type of […]